Bartow runners perform at state meet
by Jason Greenberg
Nov 10, 2013 | 684 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Facing a steep and hilly Carrollton course and plummeting temperatures, Bartow County runners competed in the GHSA state cross country meet Saturday.

All four County schools, six boys and girls teams, and 43 runners represented Bartow.

Cass junior Jaison Morning finished in 17th place in the boys AAAA race with a time of 17:32.58, which was the best time of any Bartow competitor.

The best time by a Bartow runner in a girls race belonged to Woodland senior Catie Camron, who posted a 20:44.41.

Meanwhile, Morning’s 17th-place finish was duplicated by sophomore Bree Cole of the Cartersville girls team in the AAA race with a time of 21:00.10.

Cole narrowly edged out Adairsville’s Emily Sexauer, who pulled away from Cole late during the region meet on Oct. 31.

The Lady Canes had the top finish of any Bartow team as the squad came in 12th place out of 31 teams with 344 points and a total time of 1:55:35.62.

Also scoring for Cartersville were seniors Kaili Willis with a time of 23:15.08, Elyse Hoganson at 23:15.44, and Victoria Hickom with a time of 23:48.22. The three seniors came in 71st, 72nd and 93rd, respectively.

Junior Victoria Everhart rounded out the top five in 107th with a time of 24:16.78. There were 220 runners in the girls’ AAA race.

The Cartersville boys had the second-best finish of any team as they came in 13th in AAA. Evan Cole was the top finisher for the Canes, coming in 59th with a time of 18:40.90. Freshman Robby Earick finished 78th at 19:01.70, followed promptly by junior Caeleb Jenkins at 79th and a time of 19.03.32. There were 212 runners in the boys’ AAA race.

Rounding out the scoring were two freshmen, Andy Sims and Haden Boone. Sims finished 96th with a time of 19:31.20 while Boone came in 98th at 19:34.50.

The Woodland girls team also put forth a strong effort in the AAAAA meet as the Lady Wildcats came in 16th with a time of 1:50:32.42 for 381 points. The team narrowly missed a top-15 finish, getting outdone by Riverwood by six.

Camron paced the team, but junior Mallory Warren also had a strong showing in 44th with a time of 21:24.93. Senior Katie Harris came in 84th with a time of 22:15.79. Sophomore Emily Greulich came in 99th with a time of 22:28.87. Rounding out the scoring for the Lady Wildcats was Kate Barnes with a time of 23:38.42.

The Wildcat boys did not have quite as strong of a finish, coming in 28th out of 32 teams. There were several strong individual performances that would have placed higher in other classifications, however, including senior Bryce Marratta in 106th with a time of 18:33.42, junior James Clark in 124th with a time of 18:45.03 and senior Carter Barrere in 161st with a time of 19:15.24. Freshmen Thomas Jolly and Jacob Giltz also ran well. Jolly came in 183rd with a time of 19:41.21.

Giltz came in 190th with a time of 19:53.14. Sophomore Kaemann Nix just missed scoring, coming in 192nd at 19:54.83.

The Adairsville boys and girls teams each had solid showings in AAA.

The girls team finished 17th with 441 points and a total time of 1:58:45.18. Sexauer led the way for the Lady Tigers with her 18th-place finish on a time of 21:10.85.

Sophomore Alissa Creighton finished in 87th with a time of 23:36.74. In 101st and 124th were two freshmen, Ansley Leker and Katie Lawhorn, with times of 24:08.93 and 24:39.92. Sophomore Haley Pittman rounded out the scoring for Adairsville in 130th with a time of 25:08.74.

The boys team was led by several juniors, including Omar Morales, Dakota Holt, Reese Spencer, Michael Willoughby and Holden Gossett all finishing between 19:21 and 20:33. They came in 20th with 571 points and an overall time of 1:39:37.53.

TOP 5 TIMES

Boys

1. Jaison Morning — 17:32.58 (Cass-AAAA)

2. Bryce Marratta — 18:33.42 (Woodland-AAAAA)

3. Evan Cole — 18:40.90 (Cartersville-AAA)

4. James Clark — 18:45.03 (Woodland-AAAAA)

5. Robbie Earick — 19:01.70 (Cartersville-AAA)

Girls

1. Catie Camron — 20:44.41 (Woodland-AAAAA)

2. Bree Cole — 21:00.10 (Cartersville-AAA)

3. Emily Sexauer — 21:10.85 (Adairsville-AAA)

4. Mallory Warren — 21:24.93 (Woodland-AAAAA)

5. Katie Harris — 22:15.70 (Woodland-AAAAA)