Gordon Lee Trojans

A large number of schools from all over northwest Georgia and the metro-Atlanta area, both large and small, converged in Rome on Saturday for the annual Darlington XC Festival.

Gordon Lee was the only team from Catoosa or Walker County in attendance.

Gracie O'Neal continued to show why she is a threat to win the Class A Public School state title as she clocked in at 19:22 against a very good field to place fourth overall.

Kate Gilliam was second for the Lady Trojans with a 23:06, followed by Taylor McAllister with a 23:27 and Grayson Alexander with a 23:34.

Also running for the Gordon Lee girls was Kaylan Jackson (24:14), Emma Cate Dendy (25:27), Kayelee Bell (25:31) and Maria Juan (31:42).

The Lady Trojans placed 20th in the team standings. White County won the team title with 52 points, easily outdistancing Lovett (108) and Holy Innocents' (156) for the top spot. Individual honors went to Haley Rose (19:06) of Decatur High School.

In the girls' JV race, Chanler Hysell ran a 26:08, followed by Michaela Russell (26:29), Lexi Tennant (30:21) and Makenzie Bailey (33:59).

In the boys' varsity race, Jasper Wilson turned in a very solid 16th place showing as he completed the course in 17:16. Ian Goodwin (18:25) and Jake Lee (18:38) also came in under 19 minutes.

Also running for the Trojans was Braxton Ledford (20:01), Jake Wright (20:40), Cole Collins (20:43) and Hunter Hartman (22:00).

Michael Smith of Northview High won the individual race, clocking in at 16:13. Grayson won the team title with 75 points, followed by Northview (108) and Collins Hill (130).

In the JV boys' race, Tanner Wilson ran a 20:39 for Gordon Lee, followed by Beau Barrett (21:24), Cody McCutcheon (21:30) and Alex Stone (23:27).