Woodland XC takes third in tough field at Marist Invite

The Woodland girls cross country team placed six runners in the top 35 Saturday, with the Lady Wildcats’ depth leading them to a third-place finish at the heavily-contested Double Dip Invitational at Marist.

Woodland, the defending Class 5A state champion, finished narrowly behind South Forsyth and Marist, the host.

Tess Cochran led the way for the Lady Wildcats, finishing 11th in 20:06. Carli Clymer was right behind her in 14th with a time of 20:25.

Despite their top two runners finishing behind the top two of both Marist and South Paulding, the Lady Wildcats’ depth made it close for the top three places.

McKenna Trapheagen and Lindsay Scifers finished right behind each other in 22nd and 23rd with times of 20:59 and 21:00, respectively.

Baylee Evans rounded out the scoring places for Woodland, finishing 31st in 21:21.

Cheyenne Spinks was on her heels with a 35th-place finish in 21:46 and even the last Woodland runner, Mackenzie Stephenson, wasn’t far off the pace, running a 22:58 to finish 51st.

With all seven runners in or near the top third of the 161-runner field, the Lady Wildcats are in a good place as they shoot for back-to-back state championships.

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