Woodland girls are Class AAAAA state runner-up; boys place 22nd
The Woodland High School girls cross country team finished second Friday morning at the GHSA State Championship Meet in Carrollton.
McIntosh won the state title with 52 points. The defending state champion Lady Cats followed with 71 points.
Starr’s Mill (129 points) finished third in the Girls Class AAAAA meet while Flowery Branch (140) and Grady (162) rounded out the top five teams.
Woodland’s Carli Clymer was 5th overall in 19:50. She was followed by teammates Angela Cochran (20:08) in 12th place, McKenna Trapheagen (20:33) in 16th place, Lindsay Scifers (20:34) 18th, Cheyenne Spinks (20:49) 20th, Baylee Evans (21:01) 24th, and Makenzie Stephenson (22:37) 61st.
The girls individual champion was Erin Leonard of Jones County. She completed the 5K course in 18:43. The Class AAAAA Girls Championship race included 30 qualifying teams and 204 individual runners.
In the boys Class AAAAA State Championship race, Woodland’s Levi Brandenburg ran 62nd overall in 18:26 to lead the Wildcats to a 22nd place finish among 32 qualifying teams and 226 individual runners.
McIntosh won the boys’ title with 72 points, followed by Starr’s Mill (122), Clarkston (165), Clarke Central (182), and Grady (192).
The Class AAAAA boys individual champion was Nick Nyman of Starr's Mill. He ran the 5K championship course in 16:09.2.
The Woodland boys qualified for state with a fourth place finish at the Region 7-AAAAA meet, but finished third among teams from their region at state by edging East Paulding by 11 points.
Other runners for Woodland were Reece Mitchell (127th, 19:18), Dylan Stermer (130th, 19:19), Patrick Bollerk (133rd, 19:23), Kobe Cochran (140th, 19:32), Gabe Shephard (160th, 19:55), and Dawson McClure (172nd, 20:07).