The Cartersville boys and Woodland girls cross country teams managed to edge out their crosstown rivals to earn narrow victories during Tuesday’s Cass/Cartersville Invitational at Dellinger Park.
In the boys race, the Canes beat out the Wildcats by seven points (37-30). On the girls side, just a single point separated Woodland (39) and Cartersville (40).
Cartersville’s Bill Archer won the boys race in 17 minutes, 6.5 seconds. The Canes managed to place their five scoring runners inside the top 11. Sam Peters (17:31) finished third; Sidney Stegall (17:52.3) and Colin McCann (18:02.6) were eighth and ninth, respectively; and Levi Booth (18:15) wound up 11th.
The Wildcats ended up placing four runners in the top nine. Tyler Jones led the bunch, finishing runner-up in 17 minutes, 21.2 seconds. Patrick Bollwerk (4th, 17:37.7) and McKinley Chappell (5th, 17:40.4) crossed the finish line seconds apart. John Forsyth placed ninth, with a time of 18 minutes, 6.4 seconds. Kameron Chappell (17th, 18:30.7) rounded out the scoring for Woodland, which wound up 18 points ahead of third-place Pope.
Woodland standout Rylee Evans placed first in the girls race, completing the course in almost exactly 20 minutes — 82-plus seconds ahead of runner-up Reese Connelly of Hillgrove.
Cartersville took third and fourth place, with Elizabeth Nelson (21:38.9) and McKinsey Spinks (21:53.6) providing a solid one-two punch.
The two schools alternated the next four finishers. Woodland’s Erin Bollwerk (22:08.3) finished fifth and Danielle Thayer (22:41) came in seventh. Meanwhile, Trinity Atkins (22:29.4) placed sixth and Meredith Gaines (22:43.2) wound up eighth for the Canes.
Marlee Bowles (11th, 23:10.7) and Emma Segars (15th, 23:24) were the final two scoring finishers for the Wildcats. Cartersville’s Jaxiry Betancourt was her team’s fifth scorer, coming in 19th at 23 minutes, 38 seconds.
Critton Gearhart paced the Cass boys team, finishing 19th in 18 minutes, 44.6 seconds.