Forsyth Central at Disney Cross Country Classic
BOYS: Central finished fifth in a fast field at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, that included nationally-ranked Lake Braddock, which took the top three individual places in 15:30, 15:47 and 15:57. The Bulldogs were without Max Warner, so Austin Campbell led the way in 16 minutes, 54.76 seconds for a 19th-place finish. Charlie Webb (17:13) was next in 23rd, followed by Cole Gizelbach (17:22, 26th), Will Hasse (17:34.83, 35th) and Wesley Bacastow (17:49.66, 45th). Central finished ahead of the two other Georgia schools in the race, Harrison and Grayson, with an average time of 17:23.03.
GIRLS: Bonnie McKinnon led Central with a 22-minute, 8.87-second run on Saturday for a 22nd-place finish as the Lady Bulldogs placed 12th of 22 teams. Ashley Malone (60th place) was next for Central in 23:27. Mackenzie Brumbelow (24:14, 80th), Sam Chamblee (24:42.82) and Alyssa Hooper (24:54.76) rounded out Central’s top five as the Lady Bulldogs averaged 23 minutes, 53.63 seconds.
South Forsyth at ASICS XC Invitational (Championship Division)
BOYS: Ryan Peppenhorst ran a 5,000-meter personal-best 15:32.60 and still finished 12th in a loaded field at Foxhall Sporting Club in Douglasville on Saturday. All five South runners finished in less than 16 minutes, 30 seconds; the War Eagles (145 points) averaged 16:04 and placed second overall, behind North Oconee (126 points, 15:59 average). Matt Patterson placed 27th in 15:59.50. Reed Vaughn (16:04.90, 31st), Trevor Kane (16:15.60, 35th) and Luke Francis (16:29.60, 45th) followed close behind for South.
GIRLS: Savannah Carnahan took the individual crown easily in Douglasville with a 17-minute, 24.69-second finish, and freshman Kaylee DuPont was runner-up (17:38.49) as the Lady War Eagles won in a romp over Saturday’s 25-team field. Milicent Bergey (18:31.85, 6th place) made it three South runners in the top 10. Emma Maisel placed 23rd in 19:25.90 and Taylor Coleman (20:04.14, 37th) was the fifth Lady War Eagle to cross the finish line. South (61 points) averaged 18 minutes, 37 seconds, nearly a full minute faster than second-place Westminster (19:31 average, 119 points).
North Forsyth at ASICS XC Invitational (5A-6A Division)
BOYS: Freshman Anthony Verdirame led North in 34th place with a 17-minute, 37.27-second run as the Raiders finished 20th of 32 teams on Saturday. Tommy Scheyer finished next for North in 18:57.75. Freshman Luke Ellis (19:05.82), Spencer Dooley (19:11.63) and Micah Lonholm (19:12.04) rounded out the Raiders’ top five.
GIRLS: The Lady Raiders finished 11th out of 23 teams in the 5A-6A division with an average time of 22 minutes, 25 seconds. Gigi Fulkerson led North in 21:04.91, good for 25th place, and Caitlan Hulsebus turned in a top-40 finish in 21:18.58. Stephanie Metzger (22:57.68), Hannah Barrow (23:09) and Erica Bell (23:37.67) completed the Lady Raider five.