Northview girls’ cross country jumps to top state ranking

Sophomore Lindsay Billings sparks team



JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Northview Lady Titans vaulted into the No. 1 ranking while the Titan men moved into the No. 3 spot in AAAAA after some amazing performances at the 10th annual Atlanta Classic Cross Country Meet.

In the girls’ championship bracket, sophomore Lindsay Billings barreled over hay bales through a tough 5-kilometer course to set a new Northview school record.

Billings shattered the old Northview High School record of 19:06 with a blazing 18:46. Her record-breaking performance was supported by a top 10 finish by fellow sophomore, Anne Barefield.

The other varsity Titan stars were Tiffany Yue, Sophie Kopic and Rebecca Burkley. After the Atlanta Classic, Georgia MileSplit declared that the Lady Titans’ latest performances meant that “Northview has taken over as the toughest team in 5A.”

On the men’s side, senior Josh Salter turned in another strong performance pacing the team with a lightning quick 16:37 for the 5K race. The performance earned the senior recognition as the Georgia MileSplit runner of the week.

The No. 3 ranking is also a first for the improved Northview men’s squad. Also contributing to the Titan race to the top were fellow senior Jamie Cunningham (17:05), Cole Matthews (17:30), Adam Burkley (17:47) and Hayden Cox (17:49).

The Northview squad’s next big challenge will come at the Woods Invitational Oct. 19.

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