Rome High boys earn top-10 fin­ish at state meet

Pa­trick Motes leads the Wolves in the Class 5A state cham­pi­onship race Fri­day in Car­roll­ton.

Rome News-Tribune - - SPORTS - From staff re­ports

A week after win­ning its sec­ond straight Re­gion 7-5A ti­tle, the Rome High boys’ cross coun­try team capped its sea­son Fri­day with a top-10 fin­ish in the GHSA boys’ Class 5A state cham­pi­onship race in Car­roll­ton.

Pa­trick Motes fin­ished with a time of 17:59 to come in 27th over­all and help the Wolves earn ninth place in the team stand­ings with a to­tal of 296 points. Rome’s next top fin­isher was Es­dras Real, who fin­ished with a time of 18:14 and came in 42nd.

It was an im­prove­ment for the Wolves, who fin­ished 12th over­all last year and con­tinue to work to­wards find­ing a spot in the top four and on the podium.

In the girls’ race, Rome’s Nora Bai­ley led the Lady Wolves with a time of 22:07, fin­ish­ing 43rd in the field of nearly 200 run­ners. She was fol­lowed by Kait­lyn Stahl, who posted a time of 22:59 to fin­ish in 59th place. Rome came in 13th in the team stand­ings.

In the Class A Pri­vate races, Dar­ling­ton’s Law­son Blake and Lan­don Lid­dle had the best fin­ishes of any run­ners in Floyd County on Fri­day as they pushed the Tigers to an 11th-place fin­ish in the boys’ race.

The two fin­ished neck-and-neck, with Blake cross­ing the fin­ish line 21st in a time of 18:42.53, two-tenths of a sec­ond ahead of Lid­dle, who came in 22nd.

Mag­gie Hawkins was the top run­ner for the Lady Tigers in the girls’ race as she com­pleted the 5K race in 22:43 for 30th over­all. Team­mate Ash­ley Hank­in­son was next for Dar­ling­ton as she fin­ished in 24:09 for 55th place.

The Lady Tigers came in 13th in the team stand­ings.

The GHSA State Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships con­tinue to­day with sev­eral Floyd County teams com­pet­ing in the Class AA races be­gin­ning at 9:30 a.m. with the boys’ race, fol­lowed by the girls.

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