BY SCOTT POWER
Woodland and Cartersville both turned in quality performances during the 16th Annual Run at the Rock at Woodland High School on Sept. 3.
Woodland’s varsity girls finished third in their 5K with one runner placing fifth overall. Emma Segars finished fifth individually. Woodland’s boys varsity finished fourth with senior Tyler Jones coming in second individually.
The Cartersville girls placed 10th as a team with Anna Grace Boone coming in 10th individually. The boys were sixth overall with junior Malachi Vosburgh finishing fifth individually.
The King’s Academy won the girls 5K, followed by Marietta, Woodland and Coosa. Cartersville was 10th. Marietta won the boys 5K, followed by Darlington, Cedartown, Woodland and Duluth. Cartersville was 6th.
The Cartersville middle school girls finished first as a team and Sofia Burns won the event individually as well. The Lady Canes had seven runners in the top 20.
Woodland girls varsity (5K)
Sophia Cook of Coosa won with a time of 19:52, followed by Alishia Cook of Coosa, Kate Scott of Darlington School and Faira Fenton of The King’s Academy in fourth.
Woodland’s Segars finished fifth with a time of 22:18. Olivia Berry finished 13th (22:13.22); Danielle Thayer was 15th (23:24.65) and Miranda Pelow was 29th (24:22.96).
Other Woodland varsity girls that ran in the race, all freshmen, were Abby George (24:32.50), Autumn Lottner (24:54.34), Addison Brown (24:54.93), Lily Hiott (26:29.12) and Sophia St. James (29:27.77).
Cartersville girls varsity (5k)
Anna Grace Boone led Cartersville with a time of 22:53.28, resulting in a 12th place finish. Other Cartersville runners included Samantha Herrera (26:04.64), Merideth Gaines (26:37.82), Julianne Latham ( 28:02.20) and Rileigh Worthan (30:37.30).
“We were missing freshman Vivi Vest, but Rileigh Worthan stepped up for us and I’m proud of her for that,” Cartersville Coach Dillon Byrd said. “Our girls team is a really cohesive unit who work well together. I’m excited to see them grow.”
Woodland boys varsity (5k)
Eli Corn of East Paulding won with a time of 16:36.17 and Woodland’s Jones was second with a time of 17:03.25. They were followed by Dalton Benefield of Cedartown with a time of 17:03.96, Ryan Glass of Darlington School with a 17:42.80 and Cartersville’s Vosburgh with a 17:53.50.
“I’m was happy with their effort,” Woodland boys coach Rob Forbes said. “Tyler Jones had a great race, finishing second overall. We are still working on pacing and we looked good considering it was only their second race of the season.”
Cartersville boys varsity (5k)
Cartersville sophomore Omar Pina finished 19th with a time of 18:50.39 and another sophomore Hayden Mitchel finished 31st with a time of 19:22.81. Other Cartersville runners were Barrett Stepp (19:34.22), Paul Hyman (19:58.45) and Micah Sanders (20:16.16).
Girls junior varsity (5K)
Calhoun won the event, followed by Dalton, East Paulding, Duluth and South Gwinnett.
Cartersville’s Milena Bihm (27:55.46) finished fifth individually and Violet Earwood (28:46.31), also of Cartersville, was 8th. Other runners for Cartersville were Reagan Rhodes (34:14.66) and Gracie Pruitt (36:32.22).
Trinity Bowley (34:10.83) and Sarah Smith (41:24.44) competed for Woodland.
Boys junior varsity (5K)
Daniel Pina was Cartersville’s top junior varsity runner with a fifth place finish and a time of 21:00.98, followed by Ethan Nix (21:26.29) in 11th and Jake Hall (22:01.49) in 17th. Other Cartersville runners were Kaleb Lanier (22:18.99). Ben Wilkerson (23:01.38), Owen Taff ( 23:58.13), Isaac Evans (24:36.19), Brayden Yrabedra (23:40.59), Jackson Adams (25:33.12 ), Luke Allen (27:04.74 ), Jack Johnson (27:27.67 ), Evan Archer (27:56.93) and Smith Weaver (28:47.54).
Woodland’s top junior varsity runner was Will Parker, who was 19th with a time of 22:09.42. Other runners included Gavin Hubbard (22:35.74), Kenneth Brown (22:50.81), Cael Hidgon (23:21.76), Connor Smith (23:27.13), Kaiden Holbrook (26:16.79), Isaiah Fritz (27:45.82) and Gabe Hardin (28:44.75).
Girls middle school (2 miles)
Burns led the division and was Cartersville’s top runner with a time of 12:41.04. Karlee Christian (14:36.45) was ninth, Samantha Porter (14:47.68) was 11th, Jordan Hathaway (14:55.85) was 14th, Helen Leaming (15:00.92) was 16th, Kylie Ham (15:02.54) was 17th and Hadley Finnemore (15:05.74) was 19th.
Boys middle school (2 miles)
The Jr. Hawks won the overall team title with Cartersville Middle and Woodland Middle finishing second and third.
Cartersville Middle School runners Tripp Chitwood placed fifth with a time of 12:12.57 and Carson Robinson was seventh with a time of 12:27.86. Kyle Camper finished 15th with a time of 13:11.61.
Cartersville is scheduled to run in the Carrollton Orthopedic Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 10 in Carrollton. Woodland is scheduled to travel to Acworth for the 7th Annual Big Peach Mustang Stampede, also set for Saturday, Sept. 10.
“With a young core on the rise as well as at Cartersville Middle School, the future is bright for Hurricanes XC,” Coach Byrd said. “I want to give credit to my coaching staff as well, Cynthia Voss and Kevin Paulk. They have been a bedrock of experience and insight this season.”