The anticipated matchup between two of the county and Region 2-AAAAA’s best male runners at the Asics Invitational Saturday in Whitesburg, Ga., was as good as advertised.
Evans sophomore Justin Weegar finished the 5K run in 15:36.21, good for a sixth-place finish, holding off Lakeside senior Chase Fowers, who finished seventh at 15:37.32.
The Panthers would finish well ahead of the Knights in the team standings, taking fifth in the 21-team field while the Knights placed 19th.
The Panthers’ Christian Bowles (15:51.50) and Eric Stokes (16:11.23) finished 13th and 19th respectively.
On the girls side, Lakeside finished ninth of 26 while the Lady Knights came in at No. 22.
Lady Panthers senior Sarah Bowles was just under a minute behind the first-place finisher, coming in seventh at 18:39.46. Evans’ first runner to cross the line was Jasmine Stone, who finished 72nd with a time of 20:16.80.