Woodland girls sweep top spots to win Region 7-AAAAA title, boys team also earns state berth
The host Woodland girls cross country team won the Region 7-AAAAA Championship Wednesday with a perfect score of 15 points, while the Wildcats placed fourth to qualify for the Class AAAAA state meet.
The Lady Cats took the first five individual scoring spots and were followed by Rome with 64 points, Hiram with 91, and Carrollton with 96.
Freshmen Carli Clymer (19:33), Angela Cochran (19:43), and McKenna Trapheagen (20:21) took the first three scoring places. Cheyenne Spinks, a sophomore, placed fifth individually and junior Lindsay Scifers was sixth with a run of 21:06.
Only Kell’s Olivia Terwilliger, who ran fourth individually, kept the Lady Cats from a pure sweep. The Kell runner did not interrupt the team points sweep for Woodland, however, because the Lady Longhorns did not field a full team to earn points.
Senior Casey Bolan (21:39) and freshman Mackenzie Stephenson (22:18) rounded out the top seven for Woodland placing ninth and eleventh, respectively.
Cass runners, Stephane Robledo and Alex Stodghill placed 36th and 48th in the girls race. The Lady Colonels did not field a full team.
The Woodland boys team finished fourth with 83 points. Carrollton won the region (44 points), followed by Hiram (67) and Rome (75). Kell rounded out the top five with 102 points. Cass finished ninth.
The Wildcats had all five scoring runners to place in the top 27 spots.
Audrick Pyronneau of Hiram won the boys individual title in 16:33.05.
Jonathan Holloway (17:50) (photo right) placed ninth to lead all Woodland runners. Jacob Giltz also medaled for the Wildcats in 18:17. Dylan Stermer (18:18), Dawson McClure (18:49), and Reece Mitchell (19:01) finished with scoring runs for Woodland. Teammates Levi Brandenburg (19:05) and Noah Warren (19:09) were not far behind.
Cass runners at the meet included Derrick Smith (20:54), Logan Mutter (20:58), Nick Poteat (21:38), Michael Shaver (22:54), and Devon Martinez (23:23).
The Class AAAAA girls and boys state meet will be hosted by Carrollton High School on Saturday, November 5. The boys race will begin at 12:30pm, followed by the girls at 1:15pm.