Cross country state champions crowned



CARROLTON, Ga. — State champions were crowned last Friday and Saturday at the 2017 GHSA cross-country state championships in Carrolton. North Fulton programs claimed three state titles.

Class 7A boys

Milton won its first team championship in program history and earned the individual state championship for the third straight year.

The boys were led by Sam Bowers, who repeated as state champion in Class 7A, with a time of 15:58 on the challenging course. Bowers was followed by teammate Nicholas Yanek who placed second overall.

The Eagles placed all five of their scoring runners in the top-15 to dominate the team scores, 138 points ahead of second-place Lambert.

Lambert, last year’s state champions, were led by Lee Keil who placed ninth overall, up from 16th last year.

South Forsyth placed third in the team scores with four runners in the top-50 in the field of 168 competitors.

Forsyth Central earned a top-10 finish in the team scores behind a strong performance from Calan Gizelbach who placed seventh overall. Eli Smith placed 26th for the Bulldogs.

For the second-straight year, West Forsyth just missed a top-10 team finish. The Wolverines finished just five points behind Forsyth Central.

Class 7A girls

South Forsyth placed three runners in the top-11 but narrowly missed out on a state championship. The War Eagles and Marietta were separated by just three points when their top four runners finished, but Marietta’s fifth runner placed 20th to deny South the title.

For the second straight year, Kaylee DuPont led the War Eagles with a sixth overall finish. Emma O’Connor and Sophia Baker placed 10th and 11th, respectively, for South.

Milton placed third overall in team scores, the sixth podium finish for the Eagles in the last seven years. The third-place finish matched the program’s best-ever team finish.

Annie Gallagher led Milton for the first time this season with a 17th overall finish. She was followed by Taylor Cushman in 21st and Faith Wagner in 22nd.

West Forsyth placed sixth in team scores. Mallory Luskus placed 14th overall.

Lambert placed in the top-10 for a second straight year by placing its top four runners in the top 50.

Class 6A boys

Cambridge earned its first Class 6A title by beating out favorites Pope on Saturday. The boys team placed all five of its runners in the top 27 to beat out the Greyhounds by 29 points.

The Bears were led by Jack Filan who placed sixth, up from his 24th place finish last season. Chris Anderson placed 8th, and Anders Law finished 12th. Carson Ertwine and Jack Donovan each finished in the top 30 to secure the state title.

Coming off a 13th place finish last season, Alpharetta broke into the top 10 by placing seventh in team scores. The Raiders were led by Robert Chappell who finished fourth overall.

Northview placed 12th in team scores by placing four runners in the top-65.

Class 6A girls

After winning their first region title this season, the Cambridge girls earned their first state title on Saturday, besting Creekview by nine points for the championship.

Cambridge placed all five of its scoring runners in the top 20, led by Delaney Goodell in her debut season with the team. Goodell was followed by Lily Elson, Troyce Grant and Chloe Phelps who placed 10-12.

Johns Creek fell three positions from last season, but still finished in the top-five.

The Gladiators’ Allison Rothrock placed ninth overall to lead Johns Creek who placed its five scoring runners in the top 44 of the 216-competitor field.

Alpharetta trailed Johns Creek by 34 points, placing sixth overall in team scores. The Raiders’ Margaret Brehm improved her finish from 2016 by 25 positions to lead Alpharetta with a 23rd-place finish.

Class 4A boys

Blessed Trinity missed out on a podium finish by a single point, placing fourth overall in team scores.

For the second straight year, Brennan O’Connor led the Titans in ninth. He was followed by Matthew Lubert in 12th and Leo Pryor in 30th.

North Oconee’s fifth runner placed 0.15 seconds ahead of 59th place, which was just enough to lock BT out of third.

Class 4A girls

The BT girls team earned a second-straight podium finish since moving up to Class 4A with a third overall finish in team scores.

The Titans were led by Emma Rose Bagwell for the second straight year. Bagwell placed 16th overall, followed by Hannah Miniutii, Delaney Sheehan and Ariel Ellis, who placed 19-21.

BT placed 45 points behind Oconee County which won the individual title and placed all five runners in the top 30.

Class A-Private girls

Fellowship Christian placed 8th in team scores, led by four finishers in the top-36.

Caroline Keim placed 12th, followed by Sami Rickheim, Liv Rickheim and Faith Cole. The Paladins fell to eighth in team scores after their fifth runner placed 104th.

After placing 16th in last year’s state championship, Mount Pisgah improved to 12th this season.

The Patriots were led by Samantha Posey who placed 23rd overall, matching her finish from last year.

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