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Carnahan, Galarza lead Atlanta Track Club All-Metro cross country teams
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(From L to R) Savannah Carnahan, Liz Galarza, Kaylee Dupont, John Green and Jonathan Schwind were honored on Wednesday by the Atlanta Track Club as All-Metro cross country runners. - photo by Staff illustration

South and West Forsyth’s girls cross country teams backed up strong performances all season with second- and fourth-place finishes, respectively, at the state meet in early November.

At the forefront were South’s Savannah Carnahan and West’s Liz Galarza, both of whom finished in the top five individually in Class AAAAAA in Carrollton.

On Wednesday evening, the Atlanta Track Club honored both Carnahan and Galarza as First Team All-Metro selection in a ceremony at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta. South freshman Kaylee Dupont was named a Second Team All-Metro selection.

Jonathan Schwind, a Lambert junior, earned Second Team All-Metro honors after winning the Region 6-AAAAAA meet and placing fifth at state. West’s John Green, who finished eighth overall at state, was named to the All-Metro Third Team.

“I think everybody who was at the banquet understood that just being there meant a lot,” West coach Clayton Tillery said. “There were 42 kids in total from all of Georgia. When you look at it that way, what team you’re selected to doesn’t matter as much.”

Tillery won the Paul Koshewa award for ‘Outstanding Dedication to Girl’s Cross Country.’ The award is voted on by coaches around the state, making it all the more special, Tillery said.

For Carnahan and Galarza, it was a fitting end to a season in which neither was ever far from the top of leaderboards. Carnahan finished second, behind only state champion Lindsay Billings, at the region meet (despite illness), but her effort helped the Lady War Eagles win the region team title. She finished fourth in Class AAAAAA at the state meet.

Galarza saved her best for last with a third-place finish in Carrollton. Tillery said Galarza’s first-team selection, which came with a $500 scholarship, proved the importance of results at the state meet.

“That’s what everybody remembers,” he said. “We didn’t really know what to expect [with Liz]. When you looked around the room and saw how much talent was there, we got more and more excited as they read off the third and second teams.”

Schwind, like Galarza, turned in his best efforts at the end of the season. He won the region meet and ran the fastest time of any Forsyth County runner at state

Green was the first boy’s runner from West to ever earn All-Metro honors from the Atlanta Track Club.