County’s runners bunched at Berry
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
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Five of Cherokee County’s six high schools competed Saturday in the Clara Bowl Invitational at Berry College and found that winning the county title will take real fight.

With the field of approximately 40 schools split in two divisions — one for schools in the largest two classifications, one for those from the four other classifications — four of the county’s schools competed head-to-head for the first time this season.

It was a precursor of sorts for the county meet, which will take place Oct. 12 at Boling Park in Canton.

The Woodstock girls placed the best of any county team, taking fourth in their division with 170 points. Peachtree Ridge (51) won, followed by Harrison (113) and Dunwoody (167).

Alexandra Melehan led the Lady Wolverines, placing 10th in 20 minutes, 19 seconds. She was followed by Morgan O’Toole (20:31), Rachel Steppe (21:30), Catherine Moreau (21:35) and Alayna Cagle (21:38).

Creekview (375) finished 13th. The Lady Grizzlies were led by Lera McNamara (21:10), Rachel Boulineau (21:18) and Lauren Johnson (21:52).

Cherokee, led by Caitlyn Farrell (20:30), placed 23rd as a team, while Sequoyah was 26th. Jessica Weems (21:44) and Morgan Free (21:57) led the Lady Chiefs.

In the other division, Kali Kimball (22:31) led River Ridge to a 13th-place finish. Also scoring points for the Lady Knights were Avery Blackmon (22:54), Darian Kent (24:18), Liza Jamison (25:24) and Selina Awtrey (25:40).

In the boys portion of the meet, Woodstock again placed the highest of the local competitors, taking 11th place with 352 points.

Owen Bailey led the Wolverines at 16:44, good enough for 11th individually and the best time of any county competitor.

Also scoring for Woodstock were Corey Champion (17:19), John Baumgartner (18:23), Austin Bailey (18:30) and Tahir Savasir (18:35).

St. Pius X won the event with 94 points.

Right behind Woodstock in the team standings was Sequoyah, which edged Cherokee by a point.

The Chiefs were led by Chis Costa (16:59), while Blake Weis (18:08), Ryan McNeal (18:09), Robert Carter (18:10) and Zach Moore (18:29) also scored.

Despite having no runners under 17 minutes, the Warriors placed 13th as a team. They were led by Steven Discoll (17:21) and Taylor Scarbrough (17:52). Sam Harp (17:56), Corey Parker (18:27) and Michael Deep (18:35) also garnered points.

Creekview, led by Brennan Garriques (17:01), placed 20th. Other runners included Grant Slater (18:02), Elijah Cloy (18:52), Nicholas Turano (19:01) and Brian Barrett (19:40).

In its division, River Ridge placed 14th with 378 points. The winner was North Hall with 27 points.

Leading the Knights were Nathan Trottier (18:08) and Chris Roeder (19:06). Also scoring were Ahmed Jama (20:01), Zach Wilken (21:01) and Austen Fowler (21:18).

Etowah did not compete at Berry.
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