Cartersville, Woodland set to
run at state cross country meet
Four local high school cross country teams have advanced to the GHSA State Cross Country Championships this Friday and Saturday at Carrollton High School.
The Woodland girls are the defending Class 5-A champions and the Lady Cats easily won the Region 7-5A championship last Thursday on their home course with a perfect score.
The Cartersville girls also won their region, taking Region 5-4A for the second year in a row with a narrow one-point victory over Chapel Hill.
The Woodland boys and Cartersville boys teams each finished fourth in their respective region meets last Thursday to also earn spots in the state championship field.
The Lady Canes were led by Vanna Beach, Abby Forristall, Alex Machado, Zane Bryant, and Alice Terry — who took five of the top ten spots at region.
The Canes fourth place region finish was behind LaGrange, Chapel Hill and Sandy Creek. The Cartersville boys were led by an eighth place finish by Bill Archer. Maximus Florence, Jacob Busek, Clay Ross, and Parker Breedlove each eclipsed the 18:30 mark to help the Canes qualify for state.
The Cartersville boys will run in the Class 4A championship at 11 a.m. Saturday morning. The girls Class 4A race is scheduled for Saturday at 11:45 a.m.
The Woodland boys qualified for state with a fourth place finish on their home course last Thursday. The Wildcats were only three points behind third place East Paulding with Rome winning the race and Hiram taking the runner-up spot.
Reece Mitchell, Patrick Bollwerk, and Kobe Cochran each placed in the top 25 to help lead the Wildcats.
Sophomore Carli Clymer led the Lady Cats to their second straight Region 7-5A title as Woodland runners captured the top six spots.
Clymer was followed by teammates Angela Cochran, McKenna Trapheagen, Baylee Evans, Cheyenne Spinks, and Lindsay Scifers.
Woodland coach Matthew Landolt told Bartow Sports Zone about his teams’ performances at the region meet
Landolt also talked about goals for the Wildcats and the top competition for the Lady Cats when they run the state meet Friday morning.
The Class 5A boys state championship takes place Friday morning at 9 a.m. The girls Class 5-A race follows at 9:45 a.m.