It's becoming a weekly occurrence to see Woodland's McKenna Trapheagen win whatever cross country race the Wildcats enter. Coming off an individual state title as a junior, it's not surprising — although still impressive — to see the senior continue to excel.
What has been a pleasant surprise is the rise of Rylee Evans. The sophomore has blossomed into a star in the early portion of the season, posting top-five finishes in every event.
The patterns continued Saturday, when Trapheagen and Evans placed first and second, respectively, for the second straight race. Thanks to their contributions, the Wildcats finished second as a team behind Allatoona in the 4th annual Big Peach Mustang Stampede in Acworth.
Trapheagen once again greatly outdistanced the field, crossing the finish line more than minute before Evans. The senior finished in 18 minutes, 26.64 seconds with the sophomore timing out exactly at 19 and a half minutes.
Danielle Thayer (21:34.03) and Marlee Bowles (21:36.49) finished in close succession in 26th and 27th place, respectively. Emily Segars closed out the Woodland scorers with a time of 22:16.82 — good enough for 44th in the 117-racer field.
Meanwhile, the Woodland boys finished sixth out of 17 teams.
Tyler Jones snuck into the top 25, winding up 24th in 17 minutes, 35.89 seconds. Dylan Stermer (17:41.66) placed 32nd, Patrick Bollwerk (17:53.37) ended up 35th and John Forsyth (17:55.88) finished 40th. McKinley Chappell's 61st-place showing wrapped up Woodland's overall scoring with a time of 18 minutes, 28.07 seconds.
Cartersville girls, boys win Wire2Wire Invitational
Three Cartersville girls finished inside the top five and a whopping seven Cartersville boys were in the top 15 to guide the Canes to a pair of team wins in the Wire2Wire Invitational Saturday at Dellinger Park.
On the girls side, McKinsey Spinks finished as runner-up with a time of 22 minutes, 25 seconds. Trinity Atkins (23:57) and Alice Terry (24:27) placed fourth and fifth, respectively. Monica Ngugi was 13th in 26 minutes, 32 seconds, and Samantha Herrera placed 22nd in 27 minutes, 49 seconds.
Cass' Ashton Johnson garnered a ninth-place showing for the Colonels, whose other three runners all finished between 23rd and 27th. Aislynn Leckwald (27:51) had the best showing of the three, while Melanie Armstead and Angel Williamson finished in a virtual dead heat with both posting times of 38 minutes, 4 seconds.
The Canes dominated the boys race with nearly half of the top 15, although only the best five times counted towards the team score. Those five came within the first dozen finishes.
Bryce Richards (18:50), Matthew Wilson (18:56) and Banks Wilson (18:58) finished in fourth through sixth. Paul Hyman (11th, 19:31) and Carson Cage (12th, 19:32) rounded out the Canes scorers, finishing in quick succession.
Despite the great showing by Cartersville, it was actually Cass junior Andrew Glaze who had the best showing among the locals with a three-place finish in 18 minutes, 48 seconds.
Glaze's teammates Bryce Kresho and Prem Patel landed inside the top 20. Kresho was 13th in 19 minutes, 41 seconds, while Patel placed 16th at just a tick past 20 minutes. Cass placed fourth overall, as Jake Wright (22nd, 20:17) and Andrew Rampey (25th, 20:48) earned top-25 finishes.
Adairsville's four competitors each placed between 17th and 33rd. Cooper Brown led the Tigers contingent with a time of 20 minutes, 5 seconds. Andy Barnett was 17 seconds behind Brown in 23rd place. Alex Juarez (31st, 21:40) and Elijah Padgett (33rd, 22:12) were the other Adairsville reps.