Gor­don Lee takes three of four re­gion cross coun­try first-place tro­phies

The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS - By Scott Herpst sherpst@npco.com

The Gor­don Lee Tro­jans and Lady Tro­jans saw their cross coun­try run­ners win in­di­vid­ual Re­gion 6-A Pub­lic School cham­pi­onships on Thurs­day, but the group only took one re­gion team cham­pi­onship tro­phy back to Chicka­mauga.

Gor­don Lee’s boys rolled to their third con­sec­u­tive area cham­pi­onship at Dar­ling­ton with 26 to­tal points. All seven run­ners fin­ished in the top 20 over­all while the Tro­jans’ top five run­ners - which make up the team score - all fin­ished in the top 13 in­di­vid­u­ally.

Ian Good­win crossed the line first with a time of 17:22 to win his first indi- vid­ual re­gion ti­tle, fol­lowed by Jake Lee at 18:06 and Jasper Wil­son at 18:19. Eric Ro­driguez of Mount Zion-car­roll fin­ished 45 sec­onds later at 19:04.

Michael Hubona was sev­enth for the Tro­jans at 19:27. Carter Pullen was 13th with a time of 20:05, while Cody Mccutcheon (20:48) and Si­mon MCKee­han (20:57) fin­ished 19th and 20th, re­spec­tively.

Drew Char­ter Se­nior Academy was sec­ond with 54 points, fol­lowed by Trion (57) and At­lanta Clas­si­cal Academy (121). Just miss­ing an au­to­matic state berth was Mount Zion (128) and Bow­don (153).

As ex­pected, Gra­cie O’neal dom­i­nated the girls’ in­di­vid­ual race, fin­ish­ing with a time of 19:46 to win the re­gion ti­tle yet again. She fin­ished more than two min­utes in front of Ser­ena Kapoor of At­lanta Clas­si­cal Academy (22:13) and Kapoor’s team­mate Anna Rob­bins (23:22).

How­ever, At­lanta Clas­si­cal would end up tak­ing the re­gion cham­pi­onship with 28 points. Gor­don Lee fin­ished sec­ond with 42 points, while Trion (62) and Mount Zion (94) com­pleted the stand­ings. All four teams will move on to the state cham­pi­onships this week­end.

Kay­lan Jack­son (23:44) was fifth for Gor­don Lee, fol­lowed by Tay­lor Hun­ley (24:15) in eighth place. Kayelee Bell (25:35) fin­ished 14th, Emily Eldridge (28:29) 18th and Lexi Ten­nant (30:19) 23rd to fill out the lineup for the Lady Tro­jans.

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