LFO junior Erik Martinez qualified for the Class AAA state cross country championships for a third time in his prep career after placing fourth in the Region 6 meet on Tuesday.
Martinez crossed the finish line at the Resaca Battlefield course in 17:46. Murray County’s Jesse Martinez won the boys’ individual title with a 16:46, while Coahulla Creek’s Lane Hollis was second with a 17:32.
In the team standings, Calhoun won with 55 points with Coahulla Creek (72), Sonoraville (80) and Murray County (101) earning the four automatic state berths. Adairsville (118), North Murray (146), Bremen (175), Ringgold (201), LFO (206) and Haralson County (269) rounded out the field.
The Tigers were paced by Dau Dau, who finished 18th overall with a 19:20. Also racing for Ringgold were Jared Brunner (20:50), Joseph Santiago (20:57), Cooper Shull (21:21), Jacob Anderson (21:28), Dylan Simpson-Rister (22:38) and Alex Bales (24:21).
Roc Hammonds (20:30) was second for the Warriors, followed by Blake Arrellano (21:37), Brandon Guzman (21:46), Zane Carter (23:07), Jackson Moore (23:27) and Christian Amiotte (24:10).
In the girls’ varsity race, Calhoun and Coahulla Creek tied for first with 51 points with the Lady Colts winning the area title on the tiebreaker. Bremen (57) was third with Murray County (111) a distant fourth.
The rest of the standings included Haralson County (128), North Murray (152), Adairsville (192) and LFO (210). Ringgold did not participate in the girls’ race.
Grace Clements of Bremen ran a 20:33 to easily win the meet, while Rachel Ward of Coahulla Creek was second with a 21:52.
Brooklyn Carter ran a team-best 25:37 for the Lady Warriors, followed by Sydney Moss (28:08), Lillian Murphy (30:49), Reahgan Howe (36:07) and Kate Sherrill (45:37).