Creekview, Sequoyah get spots at state
by Emily Horos
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Sequoyah lost out on the team title in Saturday’s Region 7AAAAA meet, but a second-place run from Chris Costa, right, was enough to boost the Chiefs to a state berth.
<br>Staff file photo by Todd Hull
Sequoyah lost out on the team title in Saturday’s Region 7AAAAA meet, but a second-place run from Chris Costa, right, was enough to boost the Chiefs to a state berth.
Staff file photo by Todd Hull
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CANTON — Northview ran away with both team titles in Saturday morning’s Region 7AAAAA cross country championships at Boling Park, but Creekview and Sequoyah were able to qualify some runners for next week’s state meet in Carrollton.

The Sequoyah boys, led by Christopher Costa’s second-place finish, were second in the standings with 62 points, behind Northview’s 52.

Also qualifying for the state meet were Pope (94) and Forsyth Central (102), which qualified for the first time since 1950.

Sequoyah coach James Adams said Northview just won upfront.

“We knew it was going to be close going into it,” Adams said. “All season, it was just neck-and-neck. Our goal is to beat them, but they just ran better than us (Saturday).”

It’s the third straight year the Chiefs qualified for the state meet as a team.

Costa finished with a personal record of 16 minutes, 10.06 seconds.

“It was a 3-second (personal record) from county and a 6-second PR from last year’s time, so it was pretty good,” Costa said. “I’m very happy to be going to state. It’s going to be fun. Hopefully, we can be state contenders this year. If we could pull off winning state, that would be the cherry on top.”

Also scoring for the Chiefs were Ryan McNeal (seventh, 16:45.17), Zach Moore (13th, 17:12.2), Robert Carter (16th, 17:14.49) and Blake Weis (24th, 17:27.23).

Creekview finished sixth and did not qualify for the state meet, but it did see Brennan Garriques (fifth, 16:30.12) qualify as an individual by placing in the top six from a non-qualifying team. The Grizzlies were hurt when Elijah McCoy was forced to drop out with a sore hip midway through the race.

Creekview coach Tyrom Brown was hopeful that his team would compete for the region title, but Northview was simply too solid.

“It turned out Northview was just so strong,” Brown said. “Some of their top runners PR’ed (Saturday), and that was just too tough to overcome.”

In the girls meet, Northview won with 48 points, led by Lindsay Billings’ winning time of 18:17.81. Pope (83) was second, followed by Creekview (88) and Riverwood (106).

Creekview qualified for state despite placing just one runner, Lera McNamara in the top 10. She was 10th at 19:57.43.

Also scoring points for the Lady Grizzlies were Rachel Boulineau (13th, 20:09.11), Kendel Bennett (20th, 20:48.76), Anneliese Conrad (21, 20:55.03) and Camille Fahrnbauer (24th, 21:11.54).

Sequoyah placed eighth and did not qualify for state, but Jessica Weems did set a new personal record with her time of 20:08.42, which was good for 12th place.

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