Runners get their ‘last chance’
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
October 27, 2013 12:41 AM | 1289 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Sequoyah boys cross country team ran to a second-place finish in the Class AAAAA race of the Carrolton Last Chance meet Saturday, on the same course where the state championships will be held in just a few weeks.

Although the race was classified as the Class AAAAA race, there were several programs from other classifications competing, including Class AAA North Hall and Class AA Westminster.

North Hall won with 32 points.

Sequoyah (84 points) was the top Class AAAAA finisher.

The Chiefs were led by Christopher Costa, who was second overall with a time of 16 minutes, 56.72 seconds. Also finishing strong were Ryan McNeal (17:30.71, eighth), Robert Carter (10:01.09, 19th) and Zach Moore (18:04.57, 21st).

Rounding out the scoring were Blake Weis (18:25), Tyler Gentile (18:27.70) and Dalton Trampnau (18:53.37).

In the girls meet, Creekview placed 13th, while Sequoyah was 15th.

The Lady Grizzlies were led by Lera McNamara (21:13.45), and Sequoyah was led by Emily Fudge (23:20.90).

Next up for Sequoyah and Creekview will be next Saturday’s Region 7AAAAA championship at Boling Park in Canton. The Sequoyah boys will be aiming for their second region title in three years.

In the Class AAA-AAAA race, the River Ridge boys took sixth, with a solid finish by Nathan Trottier (18:02.85) and Chris Roeder (18:28.92). The girls, led by Darian Kent (22:43.75), finished seventh.

River Ridge will compete next Friday at the Region 7AAAA meet in Jasper.

Etowah was the only Cherokee County team to compete in the Class AAAAAA race.

The boys came in second with 77 points, 26 behind winner South Forsyth.

Brian Matthews led the Eagles with a time of 17:34.26, which was good for fourth overall. Also solid were Blake Beavers (17:58.10), Sam Donley (18:01.33) and Michael Perona (18:01.40). Etowah placed nine runners in the top 27.

On the girls side, Etowah finished sixth. Kingsley Green (21:45.03), Madison Fowler (21:46.9) and Kyla Resnick (21:46.19) all finished in a pack to lead the Lady Eagles.

Next up for Etowah, in addition to Cherokee and Woodstock, is the Region 5AAAAAA championships which will also be held next Saturday at Boling Park.

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