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Veterans girls, boys win region; WR and HoCo girls qualify for state

Veterans’ girls and boys won Region 1-AAAAA championships Thursday on the track bordering Huntington Middle School. Warner Robins’ girls also earned a state berth with a third-place finish (the top three advancing).

Veterans’ girls finished with 22 points. Thomas County Central was second with 61, followed by Warner Robins in third and Harris County fourth – both with 84. Bainbridge was fifth with 121.

Mackenzie Walls again led the way. She was first with a time of 18:26.81. Thomas County Central’s Anna James was second (21:57). The Lady Warhawks’ Ansley Miranda was third (22:19), followed by Warner Robins’ Marika Clairborne (22:20.81). A trio from Veterans were next: Alivia Blanton (22:23.69), Caitlyn Koske (22:29.62) and Kaitlyn Shepherd (22:52.15).

Drew Renner from Harris County was eighth (23:26), Adrian Cheeks from Veterans ninth (23:48.66) and Makeena Maroney from Thomas County Central 10th (24:03.09).

For the boys, Veterans had 28 points. Harris County was second with 62, followed by Thomas County Central with 80, Bainbridge with 83 and Warner Robins, 105.

Warhawk runners took three of the first four positions. Trent Jackson was first (17:07.91). Stokes Moore from Bainbridge was second (17:39.25). He was followed by Grant Morgan (17:45.78) and Kaleb Horvath (17:49.18), both as mentioned, from Veterans.

Brandon Hopper from Thomas County Central was fifth (17:59.12), Jaeden Alexander from Harris County sixth (18:02.81), Zach Goff from TCC seventh (18:07.06), Logan James from Veterans eighth (18:09.15) and Eric Narsing from Warner Robins ninth (18:12.22). Evan Rehrauer of Harris County rounded out the top 10 (18:21.88).

In Region 1-AAAAAA, Houston County’s girls earned a state qualifier. They were third with 58 points. Coffee was first with 53, Lee County second with 53, Valdosta fourth with 87 and Northside fifth with 92.

Abbey Arnett from Coffee was first (20:24.06). Ande Chaloult for the Lady Bears was second (20:33.28).

Northside’s Penelope Jackson for Northside was also in the top 10 – sixth (22:07.34) as was Victoria Teague for Houston County – seventh (22:31.12).

For the boys, Lee County was first with 44. Coffee was second with 64. It was followed by Valdosta with 70, and then Northside with 79 and Houston County 96.

Cameron Watson for Coffee was region champ (17:21.03). Locally, making it into the top 10 was Jaden Jackson for Houston County (18:28.50).


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