Calhoun, Sonoraville and Gordon Central all have their respective region meets coming up in a few weeks, so what better way to prepare for the most important meet of the year than by facing some of the toughest competition around.

That’s what the three squads got the chance to do on Saturday as they competed in the Rome All-Area Cross Country Meet at Georgia Highlands in Rome.

The Calhoun boys had the top finish of the local teams in the field as they took the runner-up trophy in the team standings with a score of 78 behind Rome (52). They were led by Julio Lopez, who finished third individually with a time of 17:48.1. Felipe Barrios also placed in the top 10 with a seventh-place finish and a time of 17:55.7 and Jonathan Santana came in at 10th with an 18:14.3.

Rounding out the scoring for the Jackets were Brody Blalock in 12th (18:20.50 and Gage Maffetone in 47th (19:37.3).

The Sonoraville boys also had a strong day led by two top-10 finishers to take fourth as a team with a score of 111. The Phoenix were paced by John Graves in eighth (17:58.0) and Nahum Trenti in ninth (18:12.1). Also contributing to the team score was Spencer Ford in 18th (18:27.8), Ben Stewart in 33rd (19:01.0) and Maurilio Segura in 45th (19:25.2).

The Gordon Central boys were ninth in the team standings with a score of 222 led by Joey Kowalczewski who placed 15th with a time of 18:22.6. Completing the Warriors’ team score was Nelson Rodriguez (41st, 19:14.7), Alfredo Pegueros (46th, 19:29.2), Logan Swaim (55th, 19:55.1) and Bryce Bussert (69th, 20:14.3).

On the girls’ side, the Calhoun Lady Jackets were the top local team finishers in sixth with a score of 136. Mari Morales was first up with a sixth-place finish and a time of 21:37.8. Adamariz Perez finished 20th (22:48.6). Teresa Nguyen (39th, 24:17.4), Angie Pegueros (48th, 24:49.0) and Sandra Ramirez (50th, 24:52.30) completed the team score.

The Gordon Central girls came in ninth as a team with a score of 208. Their top finisher was LizBeth Alvarez in 24th with a time of 23:00.0. Also factoring into the Lady Warriors’ team score was Nathania Cortes (40th, 24:24.4), Jasmine Velasco (58th, 25:28.3), Sarai Tituana (63rd, 25:59.1) and Ruby Deras (64th, 26:07.9).

The Sonoraville girls did not factor into the team standings but got a great run from Riley Triplett, who placed 10th individually with a time of 22:11.6.

All three teams were back in action on Tuesday as they squared off against each other for bragging rights in the Gordon County Cowbell Classic at the Resaca Battlefield. (For details on that meet, see Saturday’s Calhoun Times.)

That meet was the teams’ last warm-up before their respective region meets. Calhoun and Sonoraville will compete at the Region 6-AAA Meet at the Resaca Battlefield on Tuesday, Oct. 24, and Gordon Central will be back at Georgia Highlands to run in the Region 7-AA Meet on Tuesday, Oct. 24.