The South Forsyth girls cross country team captures the Area 3-7A championship with four runners finishing in the top six Saturday at Boling Park near Cherokee High School.
Kaylee DuPont led the War Eagles with a second-place finish and a time of 18 minutes and 35.15 seconds.
“I feel like (the race) went pretty well overall,” DuPont said. “I matched my time from here that I ran earlier this season, so I can’t be mad with that.”
The other top finishers for South were Aleesa de Castro who finished fourth with a time of 18:43.39, Madelynne Cadeau finished fifth at 18:50.37 and Sophia Baker was sixth at 18:52.13.
“Last year, we had five girls under 20 (minutes),” DuPont said. “This year we have four girls under 19 (minutes), so that’s just like so much better than last year even.”
And last year South won the 7A state championship. The year, the Lady War Eagles have not been shy about their desire to repeat.
“These girls are so consistent and focused,” South Forsyth cross country coach Nick Wansley said. “They are so well focused and what it is just keeping that focus and it really doesn’t come much from (the coaches) because they are so focused.
“We’re here to keep them with the eye on the prize, but they’re the ones telling us what they want.”
“We have a very clear goal of what we want,” DuPont said. “And that’s to win state. None of the rest of the season matters until that last meet.”
That last meet, of course being the state championship, will be held November 3-4 at Carrollton High School.
Six boys and girls teams from Area 3-7A qualified for the state championship with their result on Saturday.
On the girls side, in addition to South, the other Forsyth schools making the cut were Lambert (fourth place) and West (fifth). Milton (second), Walton (third) and Woodstock (sixth) took the other three spots.
For the boys, the defending 7A state champion Lambert Longhorns finished third in the Area championships this year. They were led by Tyler Fox’s third place finishing time of 15:29.25.
The South Forsyth (fourth), Forsyth Central (fifth) and West Forsyth (sixth) boys teams will also in the state championship meet, along with Milton (first) and Walton (second).
Milton’s Sam Bowers won the boys 5k run at 15:10.08, and Woodstock’s Anna Burnett was first for the girls at 18:27.57.