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GHSA state cross country championships: Northside boys perform best among local teams

Northside finished eighth out of 32 teams in the Class AAAA boys race during the 2018 Georgia High School Association state cross country championships Saturday at Carrollton High School. From left, they are: junior Robert Phipps, senior Jonathan Myrthil, senior Jack Forbes, senior Liam Burke, junior Ben Thompson, junior Clark Cousins and freshman Noah Shepherd.
Northside finished eighth out of 32 teams in the Class AAAA boys race during the 2018 Georgia High School Association state cross country championships Saturday at Carrollton High School. From left, they are: junior Robert Phipps, senior Jonathan Myrthil, senior Jack Forbes, senior Liam Burke, junior Ben Thompson, junior Clark Cousins and freshman Noah Shepherd. Special to the Ledger-Enquirer

The Northside boys produced the best performance among the local teams during the 2018 Georgia High School Association cross country championships Friday and Saturday on the 5-kilometer course at Carrollton High School.

In the 32-team Class AAAA boys race, Northside finished eighth, Columbus 16th and Hardaway 32nd.

In the 29-team Class AAAA girls race, Columbus finished 12th, Northside 25th and Hardaway 28th.

In the 16-team Class A private-school boys race, Brookstone finished 10th.

In the 32-team Class AA boys race, Jordan finished 20th.

In the 28-team Class AA girls race, Jordan finished 22nd.

In the 29-team Class AAAAA girls race, Harris County finished 22nd.

In the 32-team Class AAAAA boys race, Harris County finished 25th.

Class AAAA boys

St. Pius X took the title with 37 points. Northside had 301, Columbus 444 and Hardaway 949.

Out of 221 finishers, the runners who scored for Northside are senior Jonathan Myrthil in 42nd (18:18.68), senior Jack Forbes in 43rd (18:19.78), junior Ben Thompson in 50th (18:33.92), senior Liam Burke in 87th (19:06.79) and freshman Noah Shepherd in 95th (19:16.28).

Just like the key to their Region 1-AAAA championship Oct. 23, the Patriots had to run well as a pack without an elite runner.

“That’s what we did,” said Northside coach Teresa Dean. “We didn’t have any guys in the top 20, but all of our top five finished in the top 100, and there were over 200 runners in the race.”

Placing third at the Mercy Invitational to open the season showed Dean these Patriots “would be special.” Then, after reclaiming the region title from Columbus for the first time since the Northside seniors were freshmen, they concluded their year with their best race, especially considering the hilly course at Carrollton.

It’s the program’s best finish at the state meet, and the Northside three seniors — Myrthil, Forbes and Burke — produced their best times on this course in the final race of their high school careers.

“That gives me a whole lot,” Dean said. “As coaches, for us to continue to help our runners grow throughout the season, that’s tough to do. So to be able to see them do that, it really is something.”

The runners who scored for Columbus are senior Andrew White in 37th (18:06.15), senior Michael Williams in 93rd (19:15.20), junior Christopher Hunter in 102nd (19:23.60), junior William Bennett in 105th (19:23.85) and sophomore Pontes Hawkins in 125th (19:49.88).

The runners who scored for Hardaway are sophomore Mojes Russ in 47th (20:26.52), junior Benjamin Miller in 194th (22:39.28), senior Deshawn Prewitt in 200th (22:55.56), sophomore Jelani Mobley in 211th (24:12.35) and senior Edward Miller in 217th (25:18.36).

The individual winner was Marist senior Leif Andersen (16:17.75).

Class AAAA girls

Marist took the title with 42 points. Columbus had 362, Northside 675 and Hardaway 891.

Out of 200 finishers, the runners who scored for Columbus are junior Heaven Allen in 59th (22:51.51), senior Hannah Hutchens in 63rd (22:59.81), sophomore Mallie McRae in 78th (23:39.98), junior Frances Spikes in 80th (23:46.01) and freshman Julia Gogas in 87th (23:54.73).

The runners who scored for Northside are senior Olyvia Brock in 85th (23:51.71), sophomore Isabelle Snow in 143rd (26:13.38), sophomore Claire Hidle in 150th (27:15.35), sophomore Natalya Giron in 159th (27:49.17) and senior Lucy Gray in 162nd (27:57.76).

The runners who scored for Hardaway are senior Cynthia Ulloa in 174th (28:46.66), sophomore Janessa Thompson in 175th (28:50.95), sophomore Genise Wilson in 187th (29:57.58), senior Heaven Ragland in 193rd (30:52.78) and senior Maya Mahone in 195th (31:07.83).

The individual winner was Marist senior Kathleen Maley (19:22.17).

Class A private-school boys

Wesleyan took the title with 110 points. Brookstone had 192.

Out of 115 finishers, the runners who scored for the Cougars are all seniors: Caleb Pattillo in 16th (18:15.02), Sid Saber in 17th (18:15.24), Abbott Kalish in 42nd (18:52.54), Ryan Drew in 62nd (19:34.71) and Noah Stenslie in 64th (19:40.77).

The individual winner was Athens Academy junior Graham Blanks (16:11.89).

The Cougars won the Area 1 and city championships this season, dedicating their performance to their ailing coach, Mark Erb, who is battling Parkinson’s disease.

Class AA girls

Bleckley County took the title with 43 points. Jordan had 661.

Out of 188 finishers, the runners who scored for Jordan are senior Ari’yona Thomas in 125th (28:49.11), freshman Delia Youngblood in 126th (28:50.41), junior Mckenna Duke in 134th (29:36.78), junior Angie Pratt in 147th (30:46.79) and senior Destinique Roberson in 159th (31:35.70).

The individual winner was Union County junior Zoe Sanchez (20:04.45).

Class AA boys

Union County took the title with 86 points. Jordan had 556.

Out of 212 finishers, the runners who scored for Jordan are senior Jayden Cheatham in 56th (19:39.67), junior Christian Smith in 96th (20:35.81), sophomore Jon Price in 119th (21:17.37), sophomore Aidan Hampton in 133rd (21:40.15) and junior Nathan Mort in 164th (22:40.47).

The individual winner was Rabun County senior Guy Gober (17:18.77).

Class AAAAA girls

Woodland took the title with 56 points. Harris County had 620.

Out of 199 finishers, the runners who scored for the Tigers are senior Devin Helms in 15th (20:37.50), sophomore Josie Renner in 140th (25:13.97), junior Kambria Layman in 147th (25:27.97), senior Maria Hidalgo in 150th (25:43.73) and junior Hayley Batchelor in 180th (28:44.08).

The individual winner was Woodland junior McKenna Trapheagen (19:07.00).

Class AAAAA boys

Starr’s Mill took the title with 71 points. Harris County had 688.

Out of 220 finishers, the runners who scored for the Tigers are senior Kaden Ellis in 37th (18:08.21), freshman Kaleb Ellis in 130th (19:31.93), freshman Jeremy Lewis in 165th (20:20.43), sophomore Jaeden Alexander in 174th (20:33.76) and freshman Zeke Bieter in 187th (21:05.33).

The individual winner was Union Grove junior Domonic Macias (16:35.93).

Mark Rice, 706-576-6272, @MarkRiceLE.

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