The Gordon Lee and Heritage High School cross country teams turned in solid showings at the 11th Annual Run at the Rock Invitational in Cartersville on Saturday. The meet was hosted by Woodland High School.
The Lady Trojans came in fourth overall in the 16-team field. Gracie O'Neal clocked in with a 19:57 to place second overall, giving the sophomore a win and a runner-up finish in her first two races this season.
O'Neal's second-place showing prevent a top seven sweep by the host school. Woodland's Carli Clymer ran a 19:45, while her teammates finished third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and 10th. Woodland won the meet with 19 points, far outdistancing East Paulding (108) and Cartersville (139).
Riley Cash was 18th for Gordon Lee (23:23), while Kate Gilliam (23:56), Taylor McAllister (24:42) and Grayson Alexander (24:43) both ran in the top 50. Other varsity finishers for the Lady Trojans included Kaylan Jackson (25:52), Chanler Hysell (27:05), Michaela Russell (29:35) and Lexi Tennant (33:12).
In the girls' junior varsity race, Gordon Lee finishers included Ashley Rawlston (32:36) and Drew Presnell (36:40).
Heritage finished a very respectable fifth overall in the varsity race, led by Alex Gass, who ran a 22:47 to place 13th. Freshman Allison Craft was 15th (23:00), while Caylee Carpenter was 20th (23:33).
The rest of the varsity lineup included Lucy Hicks (25:08), Lilly Black (25:14), Finley Brisendine (25:55), Skye Remko (26:17), Caroline Coffey (27:06) and Hannah Colston (29:58). Kori Moore (32:52), Lauren Penny (33:29) and Maggie Grayson (35:02) competed in the JV race for the Lady Generals.
Wheeler High School amassed 45 points to win the 20-team boys' event. Woodland (113) was second and Cartersville (145) placed third.
Gordon Lee placed eighth in the standings, while Jasper Wilson was the individual runner-up. Wilson ran a 17:28 to finish just six seconds in back of winner Alex Dyck of Wheeler (17:22). Ian Goodwin (18:38) got in the top 20 for the Trojans, finishing 18th.
The rest of the Gordon Lee varsity lineup included Jake Lee (19:07), Braxton Ledford (20:00), Cole Collins (21:32), Hunter Hartman (23:21), Beau Barrett (24:03), Jagger Martin (24:30), Michael Hubona (24:31) and Alex Stone (25:07). Tanner Wilson (22:09) and Cody McCutcheon (24:03) ran in the JV race.
For Heritage, Caleb Boyd was the top runner as he clocked in with a time of 18:28 to place 13th. Also racing for the Generals in the varsity race was Joel Lewis (19:31), Dakota Carter (20:04), Lance Marshall (20:49), Caleb Buckler (20:50), Nhan Le (20:58), Luke Shackleford (20:59), Jacob Stanley (21:55), Matthew Vowell (22:08) and Andrew Song (23:18).
Running for the Generals' JV squad was Jonathan Manion (21:13), Zack Locke (21:26), Tyler Tomey (21:28), Garrett Aaron (22:44), Tristan Rogers (23:32), Hunter McCrary (23:38), Tim Grayson (23:42), Simon Rhodes (24:24), Jake Krajesky (24:42), Gabriel Leal (25:10), Losh Lynch (25:37), Will Kelly (27:26 and Ethan Clark (27:32).