By Score Atlanta
The GHSA cross country championships were held at Carrollton High School for all classes on Friday and Saturday. For full race results, visit ptgrouponline.com/Live/2017/XC/GHSA.
Class AAAAAAA: Championship favorite Milton's Sam Bowers (15:58.99) won the individual title and helped Milton win its first state title. Teammate Nicholas Yanek (16:04.35) finished just over five seconds behind him to place second, while teammate Dru Milton (16:37.21) finished eighth. East Coweta's Kyle Harkabus (16:20.69) finished just over 16 seconds behind Yanek to place third. Tyler Fox (16:23.53) and Lee Keil (16:45.20), of second-place Lambert, finished fifth and ninth, respectively. For the girls, Elizabeth Funderburk (18:29.12) of Colquitt County won the individual title. Team champion Marietta had Ellie Hall (19:46.09) and Betsy Gordon (20:13.17) finish fourth and seventh, respectively. Placing second was Mary Kathryn Knott (19:28.16) of Peachtree Ridge. Kennesaw Mountain's Elizabeth Rice (19:37.17) placed third just over nine seconds behind Knott.
Class AAAAAA: Cambridge swept the classification and won its first-ever state cross country titles, as its boys recorded a time of 1:26:24.18 and its girls a time of 1:44:25.38. On the boys side, Jack Filan was the Bears' highest finisher at sixth place (16:47.95), and Chris Anderson finished eighth (16:59.95). Adrian Hernandez won the individual title with a time of 16:26.40, eight seconds in front of second-place Koi Williams of Alexander. The Pope and Richmond Hill boys finished second and third, respectively. The Cambridge girls also took the title without a runner in the top five, with Delaney Goodell the team's top finisher at seventh (20:23.93). Cambridge's Lily Elston, Troyce Grant and Chloe Phelps finished 10th, 11th and 12th, respectively. Makena Gates (18:58.32) of second-place Creekview won the individual title by more than 30 seconds over runner-up Skylar English of Dacula.
Class AAAAA: McIntosh swept the classification with the boys (1:26:21.01) and the girls (1:40:15.53) besting the second-place teams by between one and two minutes. Nick Nyman of Starr's Mill (16:09.20) won the boys title, while McIntosh's Zach Jaeger (16:25.49) and Vladi Zander-Velloso (16:53.85) finished third and fifth, respectively. Starr's Mill, McIntosh's Fayette County rival, finished second on the boys side, and defending champion Clarkston finished third. Erin Leonard (18:43.74) of Jones County repeated as girls winner, while team champion McIntosh got a runner-up finish from Megan Uszynski (19:31.53). McIntosh also got strong performances from Kayla Rose (7th), Hannah Moore (8th) and Zoe Smith (10th). Defending champion Woodland-Cartersville finished second, and Starr's Mill was third.
Class AAAA: Marist finished just 14 seconds ahead of No. 2 St. Pius to win the 12th state title for the boys, and the Marist girls bested second-place Oconee County by over a minute to win their 19th trophy. The Marist boys finished with a team average of 17:13.36 and a total time of 1:26:06.79 with St. Pius finishing with a team time of 1:26:20.98. The 1-2 finish of Knox Pittman (16:32.86) and William O’Rielly (16:42.86) helped the War Eagles win the title. Jordan Perez (5th, 16:51.20) and Jack Voss (6th, 16:54.97) were the top finishers for St. Pius. The Marist girls had four top-10 finishers with Kathleen Maley (19:29.90) and Josie Wirtz (19:36.17) finishing second and fifth, respectively. Oconee County's Nicole Pachuta (19:26.63) won the girls individual title, and teammate Caroline McArthur (19:36.07) finished fourth.
Class AAA: Westminster swept the championships, marking the first time since 2011 that both teams won titles outright (in 2013, the girls team shared a title with Wesleyan). For the boys, it marked the 25th state title and first since 2013. The Wildcats finished with a team time of 1:26:48.24, which bested No. 2 Dawson County by a minute and a half. Will Wallace (16:32.66) was the only Wildcat to place in the top five, but two teammates, Peter Huff (17:11.46) and Zach Roe (17:16.08), placed in the top 10. Devon Crow of North Hall (16:26.34) won the individual title. On the girls side, Westminster won its 30th title with a team time of 1:42:35.71 and a 20:31.15 average. The Lady Wildcats were led by Naima Turbes (20:12.53), Delaney Graham (20:13.36) and Bronte Bachetta (20:21.95) who finished second, third and fourth, respectively. The Westminster girls finished six minutes ahead of No. 2 Lovett. Grace Clements of Bremen (19:44.68) won the individual title.
Class AA: The Banks County boys won their first state championship, and the Banks County girls finished second. The Banks County boys were led by top-10 finishers Griffin Stephens (17:30.78), Jimmy Cochran (17:30.82) Hunter Cochran (17:53.90) and Seth Ledford (17:57.37) and had a team time of 1:29:32.92 for an average of 17:54.59. Garrett Rogers of third-place Bleckley County (17:16.36) won the individual title. For the girls, Bleckley County won its second state championship in a row with a team time of 1:50:29.98 for an average of 22.06.00, besting the second-placed Banks County squad by nearly a minute. Bleckley County was led by Austin Perez, who placed first overall with a time of 21:09.52, and Macy Moe, who finished second just 22 seconds behind Moe.
Class A-Public: Georgia Military’s Aaron Kirkland, who took the individual championship with a time of 17:47.28, led his team to back-to-back state championships with a team average of 1:36:39.83. It marked the fourth-ever title for Georgia Military, which finished three minutes ahead of second-place Gordon Lee (1:39:43.24). Teammates Jacob Kauzlarich (6th, 19:09.98), Ethan Yopp (12th, 19:38.07) and Taylor Sherwood (13th, 19:49.40) were the top performers for Georgia Military. On the girls side, Telfair County won its first-ever state championship with a time of 2:00:38.43, besting second-place Gordon Lee by less than a minute. Gordon Lee’s Gracie O’Neal won the individual title with a time of 20:23.83. Telfair was led by Shayla Cook (2nd, 22:23.90), Arneshia Hardee (5th, 23:03.12) and Paige White (12th, 23:57.46).
Class A-Private: Griffin McCauley (17:02.42) won the individual title by besting second-place Devin Wade (17:04.84) of Whitefield Academy by just over two seconds. Two-time defending champion Landmark Christian placed second with third-place Zackary Truitt (17:09.97), while teammates Kameron Jackson (17:42.85) and Jack Drury (17:49.70) finished eighth and 10th, respectively. Paideia won the boys team title. For the girls, first-place Mary Kellison Thorne (19:33.76) helped Landmark Christian win its fourth title in a row, while teammates Erin Fegans (20:08.42), Sarah Foreman (20:10.32) and Lindsey Biggar (20:58.21) all placed in the top 10. Atlanta International's Reagan Mahoney (19:45.60) placed second, finishing just under 13 seconds before third-place Sophia West (19:58.16) of Paideia.
GHSA Cross Country State Championship Individual Top 5 Results
At Carrollton High School
Class AAAAAAA Boys
1. Sam Bowers, Milton, 15:58.99; 2. Nicholas Yanek, Milton, 16:04.35; 3. Kyle Harkabus, East Coweta, 16:20.69; 4. Chase Condra, Peachtree Ridge, 16:21.63; 5. Tyler Fox, Lambert, 16:23.53
Class AAAAAAA Girls
1. Elizabeth Funderburk, Colquitt County, 18:29.12; 2. Mary Kathryn Knott, Peachtree Ridge, 19:28.16; 3. Elizabeth Rice, Kennesaw Mountain, 19:37.17; 4. Ellie Hall, Marietta, 19:46.09; 5. Anna Burnett, Woodstock, 19:55.35
Class AAAAAA Boys
1. Adrian Hernandez, Allatoona, 16:26.40; 2. Koi Williams, Alexander, 16:34.99; 3. Mekhi Williams, Alexander, 16:36.27; 4. Robert Chappell, Alpharetta, 16:36.52; 5. Jalen Murray, Richmond Hill, 16:38.83
Class AAAAAA Girls
1 Makena Gates, Creekview, 18:58.32; 2. Skylar English, Dacula HS, 19:30.70; 3. Brenda Ayuk, Alexander, 19:42.18; 4. Nyah Hernandez, Creekview; 5. Kira Stanley, Harrison, 20:14.30
Class AAAAA Boys
1. Nick Nyman, Starr’s Mill, 16:09.20; 2. Audrick Pyrroneau, Hiram, 16:19.78; 3. Zach Jaeger, McIntosh, 16:25.49; 4. Domonic Macias, Union Grove, 16:46.22; 5. Vladi Zander-Velloso, McIntosh, 16:53.85
Class AAAAA Girls
1. Erin Leonard, Jones County, 18:43.74; 2. Megan Uszynski, McIntosh, 19:31.53; 3. Erika Plummer, Flowery Branch, 19:36.57; 4. Haley Rose, Decatur, 19:44.23; 5. Carli Clymer, Woodland-Cartersville, 19:50.15
Class AAAA Boys
1. Knox Pittman, Marist, 16:32.26; 2. William O'Rielly, Marist, 16:42.86; 3. Justin Wachtel, Mary Persons, 16:45.91; 4. Harrison Morris, Oconee County, 16:45.99; 5. Jordan Perez, St. Pius, 16:51.20
Class AAAA Girls
1. Nicole Pachuta, Oconee County, 19:26.63; 2. Kathleen Maley, Marist, 19:29.90; 3. Morgan Vaden, St. Pius, 19:30.78; 4. Caroline McArthur, Oconee County, 19:36.07; 5. Josie Wirtz, Marist, 19:36.17
Class AAA Boys
1. Devon Crow, North Hall, 16:26.34; 2. Will Wallace, Westminster, 16:32.66; 3. Shane Shelafoe East Jackson, 16:38.32; 4. Jack Douglass, Pace Academy, 16:44.75; 5. Lance Underwood, Union County 16:52.47
Class AAA Girls
1. Grace Clements, Bremen, 19:44.68; 2. Naima Turbes, Westminster, 20:12.53; 3. Delaney Graham, Westminster, 20:13.36; 4. Bronte Bachetta, Westminster, 20:21.95; 5. Sue Morales, East Jackson, 20:36.13
Class AA Boys
1. Garrett Rogers, Bleckley County, 17:16.36; 2. Ricardo Santana, Toombs County, 17:23.89; 3. Griffin Stephens, Banks County, 17:30.78; 4. Jimmy Cochran, Banks County, 17:30.82; 5. Guy Gober, Rabun County, 17:41.85
Class AA Girls
1. Austin Perez, Bleckley County, 21:09.52; 2. Macy Moe, Bleckley County, 21:31.95; 3. Katelyn Alvarez Screven County, 21:47.92; 4. Hannah Dodd, Berrien, 21:52.20; 5. Alina Jablonski, Monticello, 21:58.76
Class A-Public Boys
1. Aaron Kirkland, Georgia Military, 17:47.28; 2. Jasper Wilson, Gordon Lee,18:29.65; 3. Leo Lopez, Greene County, 18:43.89; 4. Ian Goodwin, Gordon Lee, 18:57.06; 5. Grant Cook, Telfair County, 19:05.35
Class A-Public Girls
1. Gracie O'Neal, Gordon Lee, 20:23.83; 2. Shayla Cook, Telfair County, 22:23.90; 3. Maya Wynn, Furlow Charter, 22:24.17; 4. Katelyn Taylor, Ace Charter, 22:50.71; 5. Arneshia Hardee, Telfair County, 23:03.12
Class A-Private Boys
1. Griffin McCauley, Paideia, 17:02.42; 2. Devin Wade, Whitefield Academy, 17:04.84; 3. Zackary Truitt, Landmark Christian, 17:09.97; 4. Graham Blanks, Athens Academy, 17:13.81; 5. Alex van Schoor, Galloway, 17:32.66
Class A-Private Girls
1. Mary Kellison Thorne, Landmark Christian, 19:33.76; 2. Reagan Mahoney, Atlanta International, 19:45.60; 3. Sophia West, Paideia, 19:58.16; 4. Jackie Addy, Holy Innocents', 20:03.54; 5. Anna Marian Block, Athens Academy, 20:07.56