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Trapheagen wins Ridge Ferry Invitational; Woodland girls, boys place 3rd

Woodland’s McKenna Trapheagen won the girls individual title and the Woodland girls and boys teams both placed third Saturday at the 28th annual Ridge Ferry Invitational 5K at Ridge Ferry Park in Rome.

Trapheagen, who completed the course in 17:49.65, finished ahead of Makena Gates of Creekview (18:17.00), Gracie O’Neal of Gordon Lee (18:44.73), and teammate Rylee Evans (19:04.75) to capture the individual win in a field of over 225 runners. Trapheagen (shown in photo) led the entire race according to coach Rob Forbes and set a new school record in the process. The Lady Cats finished with 94 team points in the 30-team field, just behind team winner Etowah (56) and runner-up Creekview (77). Cherokee (152) and Sequoyah (170) rounded out the top five girls teams.

Also scoring for the Woodland girls were Danielle Thayer (23rd, 21:39.28), Marlee Bowles (27th, 21:51.57), and Erica Boatner (39th, 22:09.65).

The Cass girls were 29th led by Jessica Zukowsky (145th, 26:29.86). The other Lady Colonels included Ashton Johnson (155th, 27:14.66), Aislynn Leckwald (179th, 29:51.04), Anica Ayers (194th, 33:26.06), and Melanie Armstead (196th, 38:41.33).

The boys team race was won by Creekview with 102 points. The Grizzlies finished ahead of runner-up Rome (117), Woodland (127), Cherokee (180), and Kennesaw Mountain (189) in the top five. Cass placed 23rd in the 33-team field.

Josh Griffith of Fiedeles Christian School won the individual title in 16:23.99. Lane Hollis of Coahulla Creek (16:29.80) was second and Jordan Hellier of Model (16:43.70) placed third. Tyler Jones paced Woodland with a 13th place finish in 17:25.78. He was followed by fellow Wildcats Patrick Bollwerk (22nd, 17:40.84), John Forsyth (25th, 17:43.79), Dylan Stermer (26th, 17:44.38), and McKinley Chappell (41st, 18:08.53).

The top five for the Colonels included Andrew Glaze (46th, 18:21.97), Prem Patel (102nd, 19:14.79), Bryce Kresho (134th, 19:50.33), Jake Wright (167th, 20:36.40), and Matthew Rampey (179th, 21:18.68).

The next meet for Woodland will be their own Run at the Rock on the Woodland campus September 7 at 7:30 a.m. Cass runs next at the Wire to Wire Invite September 14 hosted by Cartersville.

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