Cal­houn boys lead lo­cal fin­ishes at State Meet in Car­roll­ton

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS WEDNESDAY - From staff re­ports

The best run­ners from all over the state of Ge­or­gia con­verged on Car­roll­ton on Satur­day for their re­spec­tive clas­si­fi­ca­tions’ State Meets, and sev­eral lo­cal teams and run­ners had solid show­ings as they stacked up against elite com­pe­ti­tion.

The Cal­houn boys were the top team fin­ish­ers as they took sev­enth over­all in Class AAA with a score of 250. Their top fin­isher was Felipe Bar­rios in 39th with a time of 18:38.44, and he was fol­lowed shortly af­ter by team­mate Julio Lopez in 42nd with an 18:43.41. Other scor­ing run­ners for the Jack­ets were Brody Blalock (49th, 18:52.53), Jonathan San­tana (64th, 19:08.43) and Ben Tow ( 66th, 19: 10.99). Also com­plet­ing the course was Mario Mar­ro­quin ( 19: 23.89) and Fran­cisco Pena (19:57.49).

The Cal­houn girls fin­ished 12th in the team stand­ings in the Class AAA girls meet with a score of 321 as Ash­ley Jaramillo was the top fin­isher for the Lady Jack­ets in 40th with a time of 23: 37.75. Teresa Nguyen and Mari Mo­rales fin­ished to­gether in 53rd (24:04.07) and 54th (24:05.31), re­spec­tively, and Adama­riz Perez (80th, 24:52.40) and San­dra Ramirez (105th, 25:59.80) com­pleted the team score. Brisa Lopez (26:31.91) and An­gela Pegueros (26:37.34) also com­pleted the course.

Sono­rav­ille’s boys team made their first-ever ap­pear­ance in the State Meet and fin­ished 12th over­all in Class AAA with a score of 362. Nahum Trenti led the way by fin­ish­ing 37th with a time of 18:35.30, and John Graves was not far be­hind in 44th with an 18:48.11. Spencer Ford (57th, 19:01.13), Jose Fraire (116th, 20:25.39) and En­rique Trenti (120th, 20:33.15) rounded out the team score. Ben Ste­wart (20:37.40) and Cody Gran­tham (21:10.88) also fin­ished the course.

Sono­rav­ille’s Ri­ley Triplett, who qual­i­fied as an in­di­vid­ual af­ter her third­place fin­ish at Re­gion a few weeks ago, was the top-fin­ish­ing girl in the Class AAA girls meet in 36th with a time of 23:25.25.

Sono­rav­ille coach Butch Burch said he is proud of the way his team per­formed at State and all sea­son and looks for­ward to where the pro­gram goes from here.

“I am so ex­cited about our teams’ per­for­mance at the State meet, and I can’t wait for next sea­son,” said Burch. “We were able to reach our goal for the year, and while in Car­roll­ton we be­gan to set new goals for next sea- son. As coach all I do is aim this ship in the right di­rec­tion. It’s the kids that put all the hard work into the sea­son that makes it a suc­cess. Our boys var­sity team fin­ished 12th out of 30 teams in their State de­but…not bad for a first timer. Ri­ley fin­ished 36th out of 187 run­ners in the girls meet. Ri­ley and Nahum have ex­cit­ing run­ning ca­reers ahead of them, and I’m hon­ored to be along for the ride.

“This team has quickly put Sono­rav­ille Cross Coun­try on the map this year, and I owe a debt of grat­i­tude to John Graves and Ben Ste­wart who served as team Cap­tains. They are the ones who ini­tially set the State Meet as our fo­cus for the year. We are turn­ing the sport of run­ning into a life­time move­ment at Sono­rav­ille, and I hope it’s a move­ment more kids want to be a part of.”

The Gor­don Cen­tral boys ran in the Class AAA Meet early on Satur­day and fin­ished 14th out of 29 teams with a score of 395. Joey Kowal­czeski was the top fin­isher for the War­riors in 47th with a time of 19:29.68. Nel­son Ro­driguez took 62nd with a 19:52.19, and Al­fredo Pegueros (92nd, 20:24.01), Lo­gan Swaim (97th, 20:31.45) and Bryce Bussert (118th, 20:56.02) com­pleted the team score. Fredo Oli­vares (21:30.10) and Dy­lan Ram­sey (21:50.53) also fin­ished the State course.


Cal­houn (above left), Sono­rav­ille (above right) and Gor­don Cen­tral (be­low) pose for team pho­tos on Satur­day at the State Cross Coun­try Meet in Car­roll­ton.

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