Tanner Reid earned a top 10 finish at the GHSA Class AAAA cross country championships held Nov. 3-4 at the state meet course in Carrollton. The Panther finished in 16:56.05. (Note: The field was close enough, that a few more seconds would have gotten him as high fifth.) Knox Pittman for Marist was first with a time of 16:32.26.
Perry finished 15th overall – out of 31 schools. Marist was first with 58 points. It was followed by St. Pius X with 63, North Oconee with 145 and Blessed Trinity with 146. Oconee County High School rounded out the top five with 164.
On the girls’ side, things were considerably tougher. The Lady Panthers finished 25th out of 30 – the top individual finisher being Rachel Baldwin (25:02.47), 111th out of 203. They had 736 points.
Marist was again first, with 38.
At AAAAA, Veterans was eighth and Warner Robins 20th out of 32 teams total. The Warhawks had 228 points. The Demons finished with 562. McIntosh was first with 72, followed by Starrs Mill with 122, Clarkston with 165, Clarke Central with 182 and Grady, 192.
Nick Nyman from Starrs Mill was state champion. He crossed the line at 16:09.20. Aamiri Ducksworth was the first finisher for Veterans. He completed the circuit in 17:47.31. Franco Sosa led the charge for Warner Robins. He came in at 18:30.17.
For the girls, Mackenzie Walls was sixth individually. She finished in 19:50.44. Erin Leonard for Jones County was first with a time of 18:43.74.
Overall, McIntosh finished first with 52. It was followed by Woodland with 71, Starrs Mill with 123, Flowery Branch with 134 and Grady with 156. Veterans was 11th overall of the 30 schools. It had 340.
At AAAAAA, Northside finished 22nd. It had 660 points of the 32 schools represented. Cambridge was first with 77. Pope was second with 106 and Richmond Hill third with 114. Alexander was fourth with 161 and Harrison rounded out the top five with 167.
Brandon Spillers led the Eagles’ charge. He was 87th with a time of 18:50.20.
For the girls, Houston County was 29th with 782 points. Ande Chalout was the top Lady Bears runner. She had a time of 23:11 and finished 66th.
Cambridge was first with 59, followed by Creekview with 68, Harrison with 77, Alexander with 93 and Johns Creek with 136.
Northside also had an individual finisher in Penelope Jackson, who was 83rd, with a time of 23:50.86.