Etowah gets top-10 tallies
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Etowah’s Kingsley Green runs at the halfway point of Saturday’s Class AAAAAA race, just ahead of Woodstock’s Alexandra Melehan.
<BR>Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
Etowah’s Kingsley Green runs at the halfway point of Saturday’s Class AAAAAA race, just ahead of Woodstock’s Alexandra Melehan.
Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
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CARROLLTON — Etowah cross country coach Jesse Howard isn’t complaining. His girls team finished sixth in Saturday’s Class AAAAAA state meet, and the boys took eighth on the hilly course at Carrollton High School.

In Class AAAAA, the Sequoyah boys were seventh and the Creekview girls ninth.

Peachtree Ridge clinched the Class AAAAAA girls team title ahead of Brookwood. It was a role reversal in the boys race, with Peachtree Ridge winning and Brookwood setting for second.

Flowery Branch clinched the Class AAAAA boys title, while Northview — a Region 7AAAAA rival of Creekview’s and Sequoyah’s — ended up winning it on the girls side.

The Etowah girls finished strong after fighting the injury bug.

After she was unable to finish the Region 5AAAAAA meet due to a lower leg injury, Kingsley Green raced Saturday and led the Lady Eagles by placing 17th in 19 minutes, 53.41 seconds.

Kyla Resnick was 29th in 20:23.75, with Julia Turbyfield (36th, 20:36.77), Hannah Fowler (59th, 21:12.12) and Mackenzie Walsh (75th, 21:25.85) also contributing for Etowah.

One of Howard’s goals was to have his top five runners finish under 20:40, and they came up two short.

“Kingsley ran (Saturday) and did well after she fell out of the (region) race last week with pain,” Howard said. “The rest of the girls competed and gave it their all.”

The Woodstock girls produced a top-10 finisher in Alexandra Melehan, who was seventh in 19:38.86, but the Lady Wolverines couldn’t do better than 15th as a team. Their other highlight was senior Morgan O’Toole, who finished 19th with a time of 20:02.17.

“We got 15th, but we were excited to get Alexandra seventh overall,” Woodstock coach Kirk Scharich said. “It was also a great way for (O’Toole) to finish her career. She missed a full 10 weeks of summer workouts with a stress fracture.”

Etowah’s boys team was lifted by its top three of Blake Beavers (24th, 17:15.71), Michael Perona (26th, 17:16.77) and Sam Donley (29th, 17:19.70). The one thing that hurt the Eagles was the gap between Donley and their fourth runner, Brian Matthews, who was further behind the pack at 82nd.

Chris Costa anchored Sequoyah in the AAAAA race, finishing sixth in 16:53.70. However, there was a large gap before teammate Blake Weis crossed the line 51st at 17:52.57.

The next three Sequoyah runners finished roughly 5 seconds behind one another with Robert Carter 61st in 18:00.91, Ryan McNeil 68th in 18:05.92 and Tyler Gentile 74th in 18:10.83.

“I was pleased with how we ran. They did well,” Sequoyah coach James Adams said. “It was a tough course.”

Rachel Boulineau was the frontrunner for the Creekview girls, finishing 23rd in 20:53.32. Lera McNamara (45th, 21:25.33), Kendel Bennett (59th, 21:46.77) and Camille Fahrnbauer (81st, 22:14.57) also contributed.

The River Ridge girls were 18th in the AAAA meet. Avery Blackmon was 51st overall in 22:30.01, just ahead of teammate Darian Kent, who was one slot slower at 22:31.04.

The Woodstock boys were represented in the Class AAAAAA race by Owen Bailey, who finished 13th in 16:53.25.

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