The Cartersville girls cross country team finished fourth in the 5A-7A varsity race and the boys came in eighth in the all-class champions race Saturday at Carrollton. Running in the Carrollton …
The Cartersville girls cross country team finished fourth in the 5A-7A varsity race and the boys came in eighth in the all-class champions race Saturday at Carrollton.
Running in the Carrollton Orthopedic Invitational at the site of the state meet, Elizabeth Nelson paced the Canes. The sophomore came in fourth individually, completing the course in 22 minutes, 20.77 seconds.
Trinity Atkins (23:31.37) and McKinsey Spinks (23:38.41) finished almost exactly seven seconds apart. The former placed 28th and the latter came in 32nd.
Samantha Herrera was just outside the top-50 in the 158-person event. She placed 52nd with a time of 24 minutes, 29.98 seconds. Jaxiry Betancourt wound up 60th, crossing the line in 24 minutes, 45.15 seconds.
As a team, Cartersville wound up with 169 points — nine ahead of fifth-place North Paulding. Sequoyah, Starr's Mill and Harrison placed first through third, respectively. The Canes had the second-best score among 5A programs, trailing only Starr's Mill.
In the ultra-competitive champions race, the Cartersville boys came in first among 5A teams, finishing behind Lambert, Pace Academy, Marietta, Harrison, Carrollton, Westminster and Oconee County.
Bill Archer led the Canes with his 24th-place showing. The senior crossed in exactly 17 minutes, 34 seconds.
Cartersville had three racers finish between 45th and 56th. Colin McCann (18:02.56) paced that trio; Levi Booth (18:20.39) wound up 52nd; and Sam Peters (18:25.89) completed the close-knit grouping.
Carson Gage rounded out the scorers for the Canes, placing 77th out of 154 in 18 minutes, 53.21 seconds.
The Cartersville boys will hope for similar success on the course Nov. 7, when the Canes are set to run the opening race of the state meet's second day.