The Cartersville cross country teams had strong runs Saturday at the Carrollton Orthopaedic Invitational.
The Cartersville girls placed fourth in the Class 5A-7A race and later the Cartersville boys finished eighth in the All-Classification Championship race. The 5k competitions were held on the state championship course at Carrollton High School. In the Class 5A-7A girls race, Sequoyah won the team title ahead of Starrs Mill and Harrison. North Paulding rounded out the top five of 23 teams. Cartersville sophomore Elizabeth Nelson (22:20) was fourth overall of the 158 runners in the race. Nelson finished just behind Sequoyah runners Susanna Rogers (21:17) and Ella Grace Cothren (21:33) who were first and second overall. The Chiefs took four of the top individual spots in their win. Other Cartersville girls finishes include: Trinity Atkins (28th, 23:31), McKinsey Spinks (32nd, 23:38), Samantha Herrera (52nd, 24:29), Jaxiry Betancourt (60th, 24:45), Alice Terry (101st, 26:01), and Meredith Gaines (104th, 26:22).
The Cartersville boys were paced by Bill Archer (17:34). The senior placed 24th overall in the 154 participant race. Lambert won the team title ahead of Pace Academy and Marietta. Kamari Miller of Marietta won the individual title in 15:41. Other Cartersville boys finishes include: Colin McCann (45th, 18:02), Levi Booth (52nd, 18:20), Sam Peters (56th, 18:25), Carson Gage (77th, 18:53), Alex Rios (101st, 19:21), and Ryan Johnson (117th,19:58). Next for the Cartersville teams will be the Wire2Wire Invitational at Dellinger Park September 26.