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County teams fare well at state cross country meet

Posted: November 13, 2013 - 12:01am  |  Updated: November 13, 2013 - 11:29am
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Evans High School's Justin Weegar finished third at the GHSA Class AAAAA state cross country meet on Saturday while Lakeside's Christian Bowles (right) placed ninth.  Courtesy of Greg Cowling
Courtesy of Greg Cowling
Evans High School's Justin Weegar finished third at the GHSA Class AAAAA state cross country meet on Saturday while Lakeside's Christian Bowles (right) placed ninth.

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Columbia County schools showed their cross country prowess both as teams and individuals at Saturday’s Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA State cross country meet.

At Carrollton, Ga., Lakeside High School freshman Alyssa Hooker concluded her freshman season with a fifth-place finish in 20:05.74, earning all-state honors while leading the Lady Panthers (167) to a second-place finish behind Northview (104).

Greenbrier’s Lady Wolfpack (433) were 19th and Evans (731) was 25th.

After finishing sixth in the state in 2012, Evans’ Justin Weegar (16:42.59) led the county boys coming across in third; Lakeside’s Christian Bowles (16:56.96) was ninth, both earning all-state honors.

Lakeside’s boys (204) finished fourth with Greenbrier (215) just behind in fifth; Evans (501) was 19th.

Lakeside head coach Jerry Meitin was happy with both of his teams.

“It was a total team effort as all athletes ran well,” said Meitin.

“Alyssa Hooker’s fifth-place finish gives us hope for high finishes the next three years since she is just a freshman...The boys team achieved their goal of being on the podium in fourth place.”

Following Hooker was Lara Way (20:44.43) in 19th, Jasmine Payne (21:06.56) 29th, Hannah Marionneaux (21:15.46) in 36th and Grace Huber (22:17.40) in 87th, all of whom bested their times from the region championships the previoius week.

Greenbrier head coach Kati Smallwood hoped for a higher finish on the boys side, but her top runner Logan Hughes was ailing.

“Logan was terribly sick Saturday morning and really could barely breathe,” said Smallwood.

“He fell way back during the race and I was worried that we wouldn’t even get in the top 10. However, the rest of the boys really pulled it out and we ended up fifth.”

Evans coach Lisa Chiz­mar was pleased with the way her squads ran.

“Both Evans teams pulled together and completed their seasons satisfied with their times but with their eyes on next year’s goals.”


2. Lakeside: 167 19. Greenbrier: 433 25. Evans: 731

5. Alyssa Hooker, Lakeside, 20:05.74; 19. Lara Way, Lakeside, 20:44.43; 29. Jasmine Payne, Lakeside, 21:06.56; 36. Hannah Marionneaux, Lakeside, 21:15.46; 50. Laura Shillingsburg, Greenbrier, 21:36.85; 55. Katherine Markowski, Greenbrier, 21:38.62; 80. Jackie Ramos, Evans, 22:11.65; 87. Grace Huber, Lakeside, 22:17.40; 102. Alana Holliman, Greenbrier, 22:33.68; 114. Madi McArthur. Greenbrier, 22:56.03; 117. Jasmine Stone, Evans, 23:01.68; 130. Madison Townsend, Greenbrier, 23:17.76; 145. Madison Malareky, Greenbrier, 23:31.31; 154. Sydney Spratt, Lakeside, 23:41.58; 172. Caleigh Cox, Lakeside, 24:26.82; 173. Anisha Harilal, Evans, 24:28.45; 181. Allie Overstreet, Greenbrier, 24:44.23; 186. Alexis McNeill, Evans, 25:23.49; 202. Sydney Slaughter, Evans, 26:29.19; 205. Haley Chochol, Evans, 26:57.38; 206. Maddie Miller, Evans, 27:03.08.

4. Lakeside: 204 5. Greenbrier: 215 19. Evans: 501

3. Justin Weegar, Evans, 16:42.59; 9. Christian Bowles, Lakeside, 16:56.96; 16. Allan Clark, Lakeside, 17:15.96; 20. Jon Townsend, Greenbrier, 17:21.10; 49. Logan Hughes, Greenbrier, 17:52.24; 52. Harison Harper, Lakeside, 17:52.98; 53. John Chaknis, Greenbrier, 17:53.08; 54. Alex Stewart, Greenbrier, 17:53.13; 56. Spencer Bongiovi, Greenbrier, 17:53.75; 59. Mitchell Beck, Lakeside, 17:59.79; 78. Anthony Brooks, Evans, 18:14.59; 84. Bryce Ivery, Lakeside, 18:16.72; 89. LaQuentin Brown, Greenbrier, 18:18.37; 136. Felipe Alatorre, Evans, 18:51.50; 147. Ian Cyr, Evans, 19:00.65; 148. Andy Caudell, Greenbrier, 19:00.77; 164. Brooks Lemon, Lakeside, 19:17.75; 165. Christian Leep, Evans, 19:18.41; 189. Joe Way, Lakeside, 19:49.93; 192. Henri Harilal, Evans, 19:54.35; 196. Dalton Archer, Evans, 20:06.14.

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