Lambert at AT&T Panther Invitational
BOYS: Johnathan Schwind led the Longhorns to a sixth-place finish (out of 28 teams) at the AT&T Panther Invitational, hosted by Starr’s Mill High School in Fayetteville. Schwind (16:08) came in third place overall, 21 seconds out of first. All five runners who scored for Lambert finished under 18 minutes: Byron Grogan (17:22, 31st place), Michael House (17:37), sophomore Jacob Merrill and Hank Grogan (17:52). Tyler Fox (17:48) won the freshman race.
GIRLS: Lambert finished fourth out of 22 teams in Fayetteville, with Mae McKenna again leading the way. McKenna finished in 19 minutes, 58 seconds, good for 12th overall. Amanda Thompson (21:52, 36th place) was the second Longhorn to finish, followed by Elly Sherman (22:03), Kaylee Stillwell (22:09) and Julia Parks (22:18). A clock malfunction in the girls’ race made timing difficult. "We have a close knit group, we just need to close that gap between our No. 2 and Mae," Lambert coach Natalie Leonard said in an email. "…I can only hope that by the time we make region that this gap will close."
Forsyth Central at UGA XC Invitational
BOYS: Five Bulldog runners finished in the top eight at the UGA Equestrian Center in Athens as Central topped Oconee County, Galloway and Clarke Central to win the event. Max Warner (17:36, 3rd place) and Cole Gizelbach (17:49, 4th) paced Central. Will Hasse (18:06), Reese Mitchell (18:14) and Charlie Webb (18:22) finished consecutively in sixth, seventh and eighth places, respectively. Wesley Bacastow (18:37) and Nico Seaton (19:07) did not score for Central but still finished in the top 14.
GIRLS: Bonnie McKinnon took first place in the girls’ race Saturday with a 22-minute, 14-second run, four seconds ahead of Clarke Central’s Lydia Jackson. Sophomore Ashley Malone finished fourth overall in 23:38. Samantha Chamblee (24:22, 9th place), freshman Alyssa Hooper (24:53, 11th) and Devyn Mulenzak (25:51, 15th) rounded out Central’s top five.
West Forsyth at Marist Double Dip
BOYS: John Green bested a strong field at Marist on Saturday to win the boys race in 16 minutes, 44 seconds—the second-best time in school history and a personal-best for Green. Brian Skoglind (17:06) finished seventh. Daniel Sexton (17:50, 18th place), Will Harper (18:16, 36th) and Matt Bissett (18:17, 37th) completed West’s top five as the Wolverines finished in second, two points behind Etowah. The Wolverines’ average time was 10 seconds faster than Etowah, but a bigger split between the first and fifth runners made the difference.
GIRLS: Liz Galarza, Julie Ericson and Dara Niemi finished in the top 15 as West placed second (out of 18 teams) behind dominant Marist. Galarza led the Wolverines with a fourth-place finish (19:43), while Julie Ericson (20:32) finished just four seconds outside of the top 10. Niemi crossed the line in 20:59, good enough for 14th. Stephanie Shea (22:01, 30th) and freshman Amanda MacArthur (22:26, 40th) also placed for West.
South Forsyth at Marist Double Dip
BOYS: Ryan Peppenhorst (17:18) placed 10th to lead South to a fourth place finish overall (out of 22 teams), nine points behind West. Reed Vaughn (17:56, 20th place), Matt Patterson (17:58, 22nd) and Trevor Kane (18:02, 24th) ran close together and scored well for the War Eagles; Luke Francis (18:15, 32nd) was the fifth South runner to cross the finish line.
GIRLS: South’s Savannah Carnahan and Morgan Ilse of Marist ran ahead of the pack for most of Saturday’s race, but Ilse beat Carnahan to the line for first. Carnahan finished in 19 minutes, a full 38 seconds ahead of third place. Freshman Kaylee DuPont (19:59, 6th place) and Milicent Bergey (20:48, 12th) placed high as the War Eagles finished in third overall, just three points behind West. Emma Maisel (22:16, 36th) and Taylor Coleman (22:48, 46th) rounded out South’s top five.