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CROSS COUNTRY ROUNDUP: Local teams shine at Coach Wood
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Forsyth County News

Upcoming Schedule:

Saturday, Oct. 25

Forsyth Central, Lambert, North Forsyth, South Forsyth at Carrollton Last Chance

Thursday, Oct. 30

Region 6-A championships at Dellinger Park

Saturday, Nov. 1

Region 7-AAAAA championships

Region 6-AAAAAA championships at Chattahoochee Point Park

Saturday, Nov. 8

GHSA Cross Country championships at Carrollton

Forsyth Central at Coach Wood Invitational (Gainesville, Ga.)

BOYS: Austin Campbell, Cole Gizelbach, Will Hasse and Max Warner each finished in the top 21 on Saturday at Gainesville College as Central won the Boys Varsity (Gold) race ahead of Harrison and Lambert. Central was the only team in the top six to not place an individual in the top 10. Campbell (17:21, 11th place) led the way, followed by Gizelbach (17:38, 16th). Hasse (17:39.04, 20th) and Warner (17:39.14, 21st) finished side-by-side, and Wesley Bacastow (18:01.55, 35th) rounded out the Central five. Central totaled 103 points with an average time of 17:39.

GIRLS: Bonnie McKinnon (22:14.58) came in 43rd in the Girls Varsity (Gold) race as the Lady Bulldogs finished 21st overall. Ashley Malone (23:40), Devyn Malenzak (24:29), MaKenzie Brumbelow (24:58) and Sam Chamblee (25:03) completed Central’s top five; the Lady Bulldogs averaged 24:05.

Lambert at Coach Wood Invitational

BOYS: Jonathan Schwind’s top-five finish helped Lambert finish third overall, behind Forsyth Central and Harrison, in the Boys Varsity (Gold) race in Gainesville. Schwind placed fourth in 16 minutes, 48 seconds—18 seconds behind winner Colton Page of Allatoona. Freshman Tyler Fox finished next in 17:29.75, good for 12th place. Christopher Sharp (17:57, 32nd), Michael House (18:02, 37th) and Jacob Merrill (18:13.84, 47th) also placed for the Longhorns as Lambert finished with an average time of 17:42 and 132 points.

GIRLS: Abby Fox finished 19th overall as the Lady Longhorns placed ninth out of 22 teams in the Girls Varsity (Gold) race at Coach Wood. Fox (21 minutes, 24.61 seconds) was the only Lambert runner in the top 60. Amanda Thompson (22:42, 63rd), Elly Sherman (22:48.67, 66th), Anna McCarthy (22:50.57, 67th) and Kaylee Stilwell (22:51, 68th) crossed the line close together as the Lady Longhorns averaged 22 minutes, 31 seconds.

West Forsyth at Crimson Classic (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)

BOYS: John Green and Brian Skoglind notched top-five finishes to help the Wolverines finish third as a team on Friday at the University of Alabama. Green was third in 16:36.21, while Skoglind came in fifth with a 16-minute, 50.24-second run. All five West runners crossed the line in under 18 minutes. Matt Bissett (17:31.57) finished 18th, Daniel Sexton (17:40.52) finished 26th, and Will Harper completed the top five with a 36th-place finish in 17 minutes, 59.50 seconds. The Wolverines averaged 17:19 with a 1-minute, 23-second split.

GIRLS: Liz Galarza’s runner-up effort helped West Forsyth to a second-place overall finish in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Galarza completed her run Friday in 19:32.30, 30 seconds behind winner Kaitlin York and more than 20 seconds ahead of the third-place runner. Dara Niemi (21:02.90) and Stephanie Shea (21:04.59) finished 15th and 17th, respectively. Freshman Amanda MacArthur (21:27.32, 26th) and Kim Gibson (21:49.80, 32nd) also placed for West as the Lady Wolverines averaged 20:59.

North Forsyth at Sharptop Invitational

BOYS: Jarred Benvenuto and Anthony Verdirame—both freshmen—led North to a 15th-place finish out of 22 teams on Saturday at Roper Park in Jasper, Ga. Benvenuto finished in 78th with a 19-minute, 22.48-second run; Verdirame placed 95th in 19 minutes, 36 seconds. Spencer Dooley (20:00.96), Micah Lonholm (20:04.38) and Kyle Murberger (20:05.62) were the other Raider runners to place; North averaged 19:49 with a 43-second split.

GIRLS: The Lady Raiders finished eighth of 19 teams in Pickens County, led by Caitlan Hulsebus (21:46.58, 27th place) and Gigi Fulkerson (22:02.82, 31st). Lauren Little (23:44) and Stephanie Metzger (23:49) placed consecutively in 68th and 69th; Hannah Barrow was the fifth North runner to finish with a 24-minute, 47.29-second run. The Lady Raiders averaged 23:14 with a split of three minutes.

Pinecrest at Cumming Fair Ground

On Saturday, the Pinecrest cross country team participated in the sixth-annual FAST PACE RACE for prostate cancer awareness and education. The race was held in the streets of downtown Cumming. Frank Shorter, who won the marathon in the 1972 Munich Olympics, also attended the race.

Maria Carroll lead the team with a time of 21:36 (her seaso- best) and placed sixth in her age group. Rebekah Hetzel earned a new personal best with a time of 23:52. Our other top runners were Meghan Jennings who placed 23rd in her age group; Samhita Mallavarapu earned a new personal-best with a time of 24:39, and Lucy Frain beat her previous time by nearly three minutes. Lily Starnes came back from a sprained ankle and earned her new PR with a time of 28:40 and Lauren Cobak destroyed her previous time by nearly four minutes. Charlotte Peronne finished 23rd, Hannah Lee placed 34th, Olivia Turner 25th, and Maddy Scandlen 27th.

The boys' team was led by Dominic Piron with a time of 21:10 (73rd), and Garrett Ruf finished just behind him in 79th place out of 398 runners. Tommy Flores and David Lindekugel finished 33rd and 34th for their age groups, respectively.

—Melissa Nevarez