Cross country state championship roundup

By Lauren Goldstein

Carrollton - Marietta High School took home the GHSA Class AAAAAA boys cross county state title on Saturday as their combinations of 5K’s was the best and the team finished with the time of 1:25:03.36 followed by Brookwood (1:27:26.05) at the course at Carrollton High School. Brookwood won the championship last year. The individual title was won by Lakeside-Dekalb’s Davis Stockwell (16:33.77). The battle for first was intense as runner-up Mountain View’s Tyler Barber crossed the finished line right behind Stockwell (16:33.85). On the girls’ side, Northview’s Lindsay Billings (18:29.73), who has been almost unbeatable all season, took home the individual state title and led the Titans (1:40:27.49) to the state championship over South Forsyth (1:41:26.48). Northview won the Class AAAAA title last year.

Class AAAAA: The Clarkston boys took home the boys title (1:26:20.14) followed by Flowery Branch (1:26:25.79). Kell's Logan Poteet (16:14.93) won the individual title. The girls' championship was won by Dunwoody (1:43:54.60) followed by Starr's Mill (1:44:57.80). Alyssa Hooker (19:45.70) of Lakeside Evans won the individual trophy.

Class AAAA:.The St. Pius boys (1:24:40.05) won the title, running by Marist (1:26:26.85). Marist had won the last two titles and nine of the last 12. Pius had won the last four championships at Class AAAA. Woodward Academy Alex Murfee (16;20.24) took the individual trophy with a 5K personal best, which placed him in the MileSplit US First Team Elite. For the girls, Marist (1:37:37.50) is the state champion followed by St. Pius (1:46:45.10). Marist's Morgan Ilse (18:25.90) won the individual title. It was the seventh straight year the Marist girls have won it all.

Class AAA: Blessed Trinity and East Jackson finished tied with 60 points apiece but BT (1:27:51.27) was awarded the state title because their runners placed higher overall. East Jackson's Chase Kennedy (16:42.91) was the best in the individuals. For the girls, Westminster (1:42:18.55) won the championship over BT (1:46:00.46). Hart County's Audrey Honiotes (19:26.68) won the individual title. Westminster split the title last year at Class AA with Wesleyan.

Class AA: The Wesleyan boys (1:30:02.68) finished on top and Pace Academy (1:30:45.34) was second. Darlington's Spencer Fields (17:11.80) won the individual championship. Lovett (1:43:27.77) had an impressive performance for the girls, taking home the state title and Serena Tripodi (19:16.17) took home the individual title.

Class A-Public: Jenkins County (1:43:10.13) slipped by Towns County (1:43:09.72) to win the boys title. Irving Rendon (18:56.43) of Morris Innovative won the individual championship. The Towns County girls (2:03:51.24) won its third straight title, getting by Commerce (2:06:03.30). Also, Hannah Whitehead (21: 47.95) of Towns won the individual championship.

Class A-Private: Hebron Christian Academy (1:30:10.96) won the boys title over Providence Christian (1:33:12.20) and Galloway's Reilly Friedman (15:52.43) won the individual award. He was the only runner in 2014 state championship to break under 16 minutes. The Landmark Christian (1:43:17.60) girls won the championship, again leaving Providence Christian (1:46:52.41) as the runnerup. After finishing fifth at the state meet last year, Fellowship Christian's Emma Grace Hurley won her first-ever state title (19:06:78).

Team Results

Class AAAAAA

Boys

  1. Marietta 1:25:03.36
  2. Brookwood 1:27:26.05
  3. Mill Creek 1:27:12.88
  4. Milton 1:26:58.77
  5. Etowah 1:27:33.29

Girls

  1. Northview 1:40:27.49
  2. South Forsyth 1:41:26.48
  3. Milton 1:43:19.60
  4. West Forsyth 1:43:37.73
  5. Harrison 1:45:13.11

Class AAAAA

Boys

  1. Clarkston 1:26:35.17
  2. Flowery Branch 1:26:25.79
  3. Starr's Mill 1:27:48.25
  4. Alexander 1:28:40.94
  5. Forsyth Central 1:28:45.99

Girls

  1. Dunwoody 1:43:54.60
  2. Starr's Mill 1:44:57.80
  3. Creekview 1:46:44.40
  4. Northgate 1:48:05.80
  5. Flowery Branch 1:48:43.00

Class AAAA

Boys

  1. St. Pius X 1:24:40.05
  2. Marist 1:26:26.85
  3. North Oconee 1:26:37.38
  4. Woodward Academy 1:26:33.88
  5. Whitewater 1:28:13.71

Girls

  1. Marist 1:37:37.50
  2. St. Pius X 1:46:45.10
  3. Heritage-Catoosa 1:47:01.24
  4. White County 1:47:19.86
  5. North Oconee 1:48:58.03

Class AAA

Boys

  1. Blessed Trinity 1:27:51.27*
  2. East Jackson 1:26:42.53
  3. Westminster 1:29:37.39
  4. Oconee County 1:29:28.77
  5. Savannah Arts Academy 1:32:04.63

Girls

  1. Westminster 1:42:18.55
  2. Blessed Trinity 1:46:00.46
  3. Hart County 1:49:05.00
  4. Oconee County 1:53:56.09
  5. Dawson County 1:56:34.78

Class AA

Boys

  1. Wesleyan 1:30:02.68
  2. Pace Academy 1:30:45.34
  3. Bleckley County 1:32:30.43
  4. Lovett 1:32:39.51
  5. Holy Innocents' 1:34:00.25

Girls

  1. Lovett 1:43:27.77
  2. Wesleyan 1:48:00.51
  3. Darlington 1:47:32.19
  4. Holy Innocents' 1:50:30.24
  5. Pace Academy 1:52:49.05

Class A Public

Boys

  1. Jenkins County 1:43:10.13
  2. Towns County 1:43:09.72
  3. Trion 1:43:18.14
  4. Claxton 1:43:24.89
  5. Commerce 1:45:48.88

Girls

  1. Towns County 2:03:51.24
  2. Commerce 2:06:03.30
  3. Jenkins County 2:18:20.34
  4. Trion 2:16:09.08
  5. Atkinson County 2:15:56.62

Class A Private

Boys

  1. Hebron Christian Academy 1:30:10.96
  2. Providence Christian 1:33:12.20
  3. Galloway 1:31:12.68
  4. Athens Academy 1:33:33.99
  5. Landmark Christian 1:35:15.08

Girls

  1. Landmark Christian 1:43:17.60
  2. Providence Christian 1:46:52.41
  3. Hebron Christian Academy 1:48:54.25
  4. Athens Academy 1:47:08.52
  5. Galloway 1:55:00.23

*At Class AAA Boys, Blessed Trinity and East Jackson each had 60 points but BT was given the title because their runners place higher overall.

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