Gracie O’neal wins second straight state XC title
Last November, then-sophomore Gracie O’neal won her first state cross country championship by a full two minutes over her next closest competitor.
Twelve months later, O’neal only won by a mere 1:54.
The prohibitive favorite coming into Saturday’s Class A Public School state championships in Carrollton, the Gor- don Lee junior crossed the line in a time of 20:56 to make it back-to-back state titles. Jenkins County’s Brett Landing (22:50.33) out-leaned Telfair County’s Paige White (22:50.66) at the tape to take runner-up honors.
Kaylan Jackson (24:46) would finish 13th for Gordon Lee, followed by an 18th place finish by Taylor Hunley (25:05). Also racing for the Lady Trojans were Kayelee Bell (28:25), Emilie Eldridge (28:52) and Lexie Tennant (31:02).
Gordon Lee finished fourth overall with 128 points, trailing only Telfair County (39), ACE Charter (69) and Atlanta Classical Academy (81) in the team standings.
After placing third in the team standings in 2016 and earning the state runner-up trophy in 2017, the Gordon Lee Trojans arrived at Carrollton on Saturday hoping to take home the state’s biggest trophy this time around.
Gordon Lee’s Gracie O’neal won her second consecutive Class A Public School state cross country individual championship in Carrollton on Saturday, beating the rest of the field by nearly two minutes.