Canes, Wildcats shine in weekend XC action

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Posted 10/12/20

The cross country programs from Woodland and Cartersville put forth some stellar efforts over the weekend, as all four teams earned top-10 finishes in their respective races. Woodland’s boys …

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Canes, Wildcats shine in weekend XC action

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The cross country programs from Woodland and Cartersville put forth some stellar efforts over the weekend, as all four teams earned top-10 finishes in their respective races.

Woodland’s boys team came in fifth out of 13 teams in the championship race of the Atlanta Classic Friday in Douglas County. While the highest finish for a Wildcat barely came inside the top 25, all five scoring runners managed to post top-55 times in the 97-person event.

Tyler Jones placed 24th overall in 17 minutes, 17.90 seconds to lead Woodland. McKinley Chappell finished with a time of 17 minutes, 31.77 seconds — good enough for 30th position. Patrick Bollwerk (17:52.23) came in 37th; Kain Tanturri (18:10.23) wound up 48th; and John Forsyth (18:19.20) placed 55th.

In the girls race, Rylee Evans posted an impressive runner-up finish. The junior became one of only two runners to break the 19-minute mark in the 73-person race, crossing the finish line in 18 minutes, 58.40 seconds.

As a team, Woodland ended up eighth out of 10 teams, as the Wildcats didn’t have all of their top runners at their disposal with only five participants. Even still, several athletes stepped up on the day.

Emma Segars (51st, 22:25.49) placed just outside the top 50. Marlee Bowles (54th, 22:35.36) finished just three spots behind Segars. Megan Schultz (23:27.48) came in 59th. Kameron Diaz (67th, 24:31.44) rounded out the Woodland finishers.

The following day, Cartersville produced some solid showings in the Wingfoot Classic at Sam Smith Park. The boys team placed fourth, while the girls came in 10th. (The girls team finished with fewer team points than ninth-place Holy Innocents’ Episcopal, but the results for the Wingfoot Classic were based on time trials, as each team ran individually.)

A trio of Cartersville seniors earned top-20 finishes in the boys race, completing the course less than 10 seconds apart. Sam Peters (17:50.6) led the group, coming in 14th; Bill Archer (17:57.6) placed 19th; and Colin McCann (17:59.6) wound up right behind Archer in 20th.

Two other Canes weren’t far behind, as Sidney Stegall (23rd, 18:05.1) and Levi Booth (26th, 18:10.9) placed within the top-26 runners. Overall, the quintet averaged just over 18 minutes on the course.

McKinsey Spinks (22:18.7) and Elizabeth Nelson (22:25.1) once again paced the Cartersville girls, finishing 33rd and 36th, respectively. Trinity Atkins placed 53rd in 23 minutes, 18.7 seconds. Finishing practically right at 24 minutes were Samantha Herrera and Meredith Gaines — who placed back-to-back in 72nd and 73rd positions, respectively, with Herrera clocking in at one-tenth of a second ahead of Gaines.

Jessica Zukowsky (24:38.4) finished 100th to help lead Cass to a 16th-place finish out of 19 girls teams. In the 20-team boys race, Jake Wright paced the 17th-place Colonels, crossing the line in 19 minutes, 11.6 seconds for 78th place.