Clinton Farms played host to the Region 5-AAAAA Cross Country Championship on Thursday. All ten teams competed in the 5K, including four local teams, Alexander, Chapel Hill, New Manchester and Lithia Springs.
Alexander took first place in the boys race with 43 points, which qualified them for the state meet in Carrollton next Saturday. The five placers finished in an average time of 16:36.22.
“The boys ran a great race and did what they needed to do,” said AHS coach Brian Robinson. “State will be a very tight race. The teams are grouped closer than I have ever seen it. We could finish first or sixth so we will need to be perfect.”
Placing for the Cougars were Tyler Whorton (5th, 16:21.95), Lance Smith (6th, 16:21.95), Kamil Jones (8th, 16:34.59), Jacob Giammarco (10th, 16:43.52), and Austin Muse (14th, 16:59.05).
Allatoona also qualified for State in the boys meet, with 61 points and an average time of 16:54.18. They were led by Colton Page, who finished first overall with a time of 15:31.18.
Chapel Hill qualify as a team after finishing third with a score of 91 points, the Panthers were led by Cameron Lord, who finished third with a time of 16:14.34. Also placing for Chapel Hill were Wilson Moore (9th, 16:40.07), Caleb Seamless (11th, 16:49.33), Michael Daniels (28th, 18:10.00), and Nic Culkin-Taylor (39th, 18:41.50).
Rounding out the team scores were East Paulding (105), Hiram (124), Villa Rica (145), South Pealing (171), Lithia Springs (199), Pealing (268) and New Manchester (301).
Rounding out the top six placers individually, and qualifying for State, were Christian Nix (East Paulding, 2nd, 15:37:00) and Derick Kinyanjui (Hiram, 4th, 16:18.74).
Allatoona and Hiram took the top two team spots in the girls race with 37 and 63 points respective. Also qualifying for state as a team were East Paulding (70) and Villa Rica (91). Chapel Hill just missed out on state with a fifth place finish. They tallied 100 points. Rounding out the scoring were Alexander (119), South Paulding (206), Paulding (241), Lithia Springs (245).
New Manchester’s Sabria Wooten just missed the cut individually with a seventh place finishing time of 21:16.22. Two Chapel Hill runners, Samantha Anderson and Eyonnti Edwards, finished just outside the top ten. Anderson finished 12th with a time of 21:27.79. Edwards was 13th with a time of 21:33.79.