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CROSS COUNTRY ROUNDUP: West, Lambert boys finish 1-2 at River Run
South's Carnahan sets course record in Chattanooga
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Forsyth County News

West Forsyth at Lambert River Run

BOYS: John Green set a school record with his 15-minute, 59.95-second finish as the West boys ran away with the boys varsity (Crimson) title at Chattahoochee Point Park in Suwanee on Saturday. Green topped Jeff Bagley’s 16:08 mark set at Clinton Farms in 2010; Green’s previous best was 16:44 at the tough Marist Double Dip this year. Brian Skoglind (16:18, third place) shattered his personal best of 16:54 from the Carrollton Ortho, as did Daniel Sexton (16:33, sixth; previous best of 17:46). Will Harper (16:42, seventh) and Matt Bissett (16:50, 11th) also set personal records. The Wolverines’ average time of 16:28 was also the best in school history.

GIRLS: Liz Galarza’s second-place finish helped West place second overall in the girls varsity (Crimson) race, despite the absence of Julie Ericson. Four Northview runners finished in the top five, led by winner Lindsay Billings (16:56); Galarza crossed the line in 18:03. Stephanie Shea (19:54, 14th place) and freshman Amanda MacArthur (20:03, 17th) were next for the Lady Wolverines. Madison Bowers (20:41, 20th) and Addison Mienert (20:56.22, 25th) rounded out the West top five; Kaitlyn Griffith came in just behind Mienert (20:56.63).

Lambert at Lambert River Run

BOYS: All five Longhorns finished in the top 20 as Lambert finished in second, 25 points behind West. Sophomore Byron Grogan led the way in 16:32 (fifth place). Hank Grogan (16:43) and freshman Tyler Fox (16:45) finished back-to-back in eighth and ninth place; Christopher Sharp was not far behind in 12th with a 16 minute, 50 second run. Kyle Vargas rounded out the Horns’ top five with a 19th-place finish in 17:04.

GIRLS: Abby Fox led the Lady Longhorns with a 20-minute, 41.67-second finish (21st place) as Lambert finished sixth out of eight teams. Sarah Stachura (21:09), freshman Kaylee Stillwell (21:10.93) and Amanda Thompson (21:11.51) notched top-40 finishes, and Anna McCarthy completed the Horns’ top five with a 21-minute, 39-second finish.

North Forsyth at Lambert River Run

BOYS: North finished 10th with an average time of 18:56, led by freshman Anthony Verdirame’s 42nd-place run (17:49). Freshman Jarred Benvenuto (18:47) was the next Raider to finish; Micah Lonholm (19:13), Spencer Dooley (19:25) and Kyle Murberger (19:26) rounded out North’s top five.

GIRLS: The Lady Raiders finished seventh with an average time of 21:52. Caitlan Hulsebus was the first North runner to cross the line in 20:59 (30th place); Gigi Fulkerson and Nina Carter followed closely in 21:04 and 21:10, respectively. Lauren Little (22:57) and freshman Hannah Barrow (23:10) were the other Lady Raiders to place.

South Forsyth at McCallie XC Invite (Chattanooga)

BOYS: Ryan Peppenhorst again led South with a 12th-place finish (16:24) as the War Eagles finished fourth in a strong 14-team field in Chattanooga. Vince Turner of Louisville (Ky.) Trinity took the individual title with a 15-minute, 49.15-second finish. South sophomore Matt Patterson ran close behind Peppenhorst and finished in 16:27, good for 15th place. Reed Vaughn (16:45, 28th), Trevor Kane (16:58.65, 38th) and Luke Francis (17:17, 49th) completed the War Eagles’ top five; South averaged 16:46 as a team.

GIRLS: Savannah Carnahan set a course record (17:33.16) at Moccasin Bend in Chattanooga to win the McCallie XC Invite by 10 seconds; the Lady War Eagles dominated a 13-team field and won the team title by 50 points. Freshman Kaylee DuPont (18:33) and sophomore Milicent Bergey (18:57) also finished in the top five overall for South. Emma Maisel (20:10, 14th) and Taylor Coleman (20:32, 25th) helped the Lady War Eagles average 19 minutes, 8 seconds—nearly a full minute faster than runners-up Harpeth Hall (Nashville, Tenn.).