The Alexander, Chapel Hill and Douglas County boys cross country teams traveled over to Carrollton Saturday to compete in the 2014 State Meet. The Cougars and Panthers competed in the AAAAA 5K, while DC ran in the AAAAAA race.
Alexander was the top performer for all local schools at this year’s meet with a fourth place finish. Clarkston took first with 101 points, followed by Flowery Branch (108), and Starr’s Mill (156). The Cougars totaled 184 points.
Jacob Giammarco led the Cougars with a 29th place finish in a time of 17:33.33. Rounding out the scoring for AHS were Tyler Whorton (32nd, 17:34.85), Lance Smith (35th, 17:37.12), Kamil Jones (50th, 17:49.04) and Braeden Collins (67th, 18:06.60).
“We ran really well and though we would have liked to be first, second and third, we are happy to be on the podium,” said AHS coach Brian Robinson. “It was a competitive race with the top six or seven teams being really competitive.”
The Chapel Hill boys placed 26th with 611 points. The Panthers were led by Wilson Moore’s 41st place time of 17:42.09. Also scoring for the Panthers were Cameron Lord (74th, 18:09.37), Caleb Searles (122nd, 18:55.04), Michael Daniels (200th, 20:34.65) and Jackson Rigdon (201st, 21:01.83).
Both teams qualified for the state meet by placing in the top four in the region meet held las weekend at Clinton Nature Preserve. The Cougars won the 5-AAAAA region championship with 43 points.
Placing for the Cougars were Whorton (5th, 16:21.95), Smith (6th, 16:21.95), Jones (8th, 16:34.59), Giammarco (10th, 16:43.52), and Austin Muse (14th, 16:59.05).
Chapel Hill qualified as a team after finishing third with a score of 91 points, the Panthers were led by Lord, who finished third with a time of 16:14.34. Also placing for Chapel Hill were Moore (9th, 16:40.07), Searles (11th, 16:49.33), Daniels (28th, 18:10.00), and Nic Culkin-Taylor (39th, 18:41.50).
Douglas County finished 26th in the 6A race with 850 points. They were led by Justin Hendee, who finished 146th in a time of 19:04.89. Also placing for the Tigers were Jacob Asberry (174th, 19:53.12), Jordan Crawford (175th, 19:59.20), Jordan White (176th, 20.01.67), and James Hood (187th, 20:26.30).
Marietta took first place in the 6A boys 5K race with 72 points. Rounding out the top four were Brookwood (164), Mill Creek (169), and Milton (170).
DC reached the state meet with a third place finish in Newnan the previous Saturday. The Tigers scored 49 points, missing out on second by one point to Langston Hughes. Newnan, the host school took first with 31 points.
Douglas County took second and third individually at the region meet behind performances from Hendee and Asberry. Hendee finished the race in a time of 18:21.92. Asberry finished in a time of 18:22.92. Also placing for the Tigers were Hood (10th, 18:50.96), White (16th, 19:09.45) and Crawford (18th, 19:25.61).