Douglas County traveled over to Newnan on a cold and windy Saturday morning to compete in the Region 3-AAAAAA Cross Country Championship. The boys team qualified for the state meet with a third place finish, but the girls were one runner short of qualifying for a team score.

While the boys move on, they were disappointed in their finish behind Newnan and Langston Hughes.

“I thought we were very close to Newnan, and we knew they were good, but Langston Hughes surprised us,” said DC coach Lyssa Hilko. “They had a better day than we did, and what hurt us is that one of our top runners is coming back from an injury and finished seventh.”

Newnan finished first with 31 points. Douglas County missed out on second place by only one point. Langston Hughes scored 48 points and the Tigers finished with 49. Rounding out the team scoring were East Coweta (131), Westlake (146), Campbell (156) and South Cobb (158).

Newnan’s Matt Miller won the individual competition with a time of 17:15.96.

Douglas County took second and third individually behind performances from Justin Hendee and Jacob 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 James Hood (10th, 18:50.96), Jordan White (16th, 19:09.45) and Jordan Crawford (18th, 19:25.61).

“This was the most competitive region meet, one through four, that I have seen in a long time,” said DC coach Chet Forsh. “We ran hard but four, five and six were not wear we needed them to be. It was a little disappointing but we have nine of 10 returning next year.”

None of the four Lady Tiger runners were able to place in the top six and advance to the region meet. The DC girls were hampered by all sorts of problems, including illness and injuries. They also had a few kids doing Confirmation and one just did not show.

The top runner for DC was Jenna Adams, who finished ninth with a time of 23:12.56. The Lady Tigers had three other runners in the race. Meredith Townsend finished 12th in a time of 23:28.99, Olivia Dingle finished 15th in a time of 23:42.05, and Akilah Parks finished 36th in a time of 33:17.57.

“This was a team that finished second the last two years,” Hilko said.

“If we had done what was expected, we could have finished top three in girls,” Forsh added.

Newnan took the girls team competition with 19 points, followed by East Coweta (44), South Cobb (85) and Campbell (98).

The Tiger boys will compete in State next Saturday. The state meet is hosted by Carrollton.

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