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CROSS COUNTRY ROUNDUP: Carnahan, South girls win Mountain Invitational
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South Forsyth at Mountain Invitational (Thursday)

GIRLS: Another race, another Savannah Carnahan win. Carnahan ran the Mountain Invitational course in 17 minutes, 40 seconds, and freshman Kaylee DuPont finished second overall in a personal-best 18:28 as South won at Unicoi State Park on Thursday. According to, Carnahan toppled the previous course record by more than 40 seconds. Milicent Bergey and Emma Maisel made it four Lady War Eagles in the top 10—Bergey finished fifth in 18:57 and Maisel came in ninth (19:42.70). Taylor Coleman finished in 20:26 (18th place), ensuring all five South girls placed in the top 20. South took the overall team title with 33 points and an average time of 19:02, far ahead of runners-up White County (118 points, 20:44 average).

BOYS: Ryan Peppenhorst finished fifth overall in a season-best 16:11.90 as the War Eagles fell just shy of the team title in Helen, Ga. North Hall (73 points, 16:30 average time) edged South (77 points, 16:35) on the strength of two runners in the top five. Sophomore Matt Patterson came in 10th with a season-best 16:18.70. Trevor Kane (16:30.10, 15th place) and Luke Francis (16:56.80, 21st) also ran season-best times and Zach Coleman (17:01.60, 26th) set a new personal record.

Forsyth Central at Mountain Invitational (Thursday)

GIRLS: Bonnie McKinnon again was Central’s top finisher in a season-best 20:20.80, good for 17th place, as the Lady Bulldogs finished 12th as a team. Central averaged 22 minutes, 36 seconds, with a 3-minute, 48-second split. Ashley Malone (22:38.60, 68th), Alyssa Hooper (22:43.90, 74th), Samantha Chamblee (23:09.80, 84th) and MaKenzie Brumbelow (24:08.90) rounded out Central’s top five.

BOYS: Central’s boys were originally scheduled to run at Unicoi State Park, but a late invite to the Oct. 11 Elite Disney Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Kissimmee, Fla., changed those plans. WatchESPN will carry the event live from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday via and the WatchESPN App, according to Central coach Shannon Hays.

West Forsyth at Wendy’s Invitational (Charlotte, N.C.)

BOYS: John Green finished third in 15 minutes, 52 seconds—a personal-best for the 5,000-meter run and one second behind runner-up Ben Gilman of Hilton Head (S.C.)—as West finished third overall in the Boys’ Open Race on Saturday in a loaded field at McAlpine Greenway Park in Charlotte. Brian Skoglind (16:11) held on for a 10th-place finish. All five Wolverines ran in under 17 minutes—Daniel Sexton (16:35), Will Harper (16:45) and Matt Bissett (16:53) finished 27th, 33rd and 35th, respectively.

GIRLS: Liz Galarza led the way with a second-place finish in 18 minutes, 16 seconds in Charlotte. Dara Niemi (33rd place) also ran under 20 minutes with a 19-minute, 57-second run. Julie Ericson (20:06, 37th), Stephanie Shea (20:11, 42nd) and Amanda MacArthur (20:17, 44th) rounded out the Lady Wolverines’ top five as West finished sixth out of 35 teams. West averaged 19:45 with a 2-minute, 1-second split.

Lambert at Wendy’s Invitational (Charlotte, N.C.)

BOYS: Jonathan Schwind’s fifth-place finish (16:01), nine seconds behind West’s Green, helped Lambert finish sixth in a 35-team field. Hank Grogan (16:26, 19th) notched a top-20 finish, and Christopher Sharp was 43rd in 17 minutes flat. Freshman Tyler Fox completed the McAlpine Greenway course in 17:05, good for 52nd overall, and Michael House was the Longhorns’ fifth runner with a 17-minute, 24-second run. Lambert averaged 16:47 with a 1:23 split.

GIRLS: Lambert finished 12th out of 35 schools on Saturday, led by Abby Fox’s 20-minute, 21-second finish (48th place). Sarah Stachura (21:01, 66th) and Anna McCarthy (21:05, 71st) followed behind, and freshman Libby Bocko (21:18) and Amanda Thompson (21:34) completed the Lady Longhorns’ top five.