Mattingly, Powell win region cross-country titles for Heritage SchoolFrom STAFF REPORTS
Heritage School runners Josh Mattingly and Ruthie Powell dominated respective boys and girls races at last weekend’s GISA Region 1-AAA cross-country meet at Loganville Christian, each finishing first, while Mattingly’s stellar time of 16:02 also led the Hawks to a boys team championship.
Mattingly was one of three Hawks that were among the top-8 finishers as Heritage also finished with a team score of 42 for a 12-point victory over Mill Springs.
On Saturday, the Heritage School sophomore looked poised to add a Class AAA title this fall. Powell finished nearly a minute ahead of Weber School junior Sydney Goldstein, who placed second in 19:46.
Heritage School senior MacKenzie York added a ninth-place finish for the Lady Hawks in 21:49, who did not have enough runners to score as a team.
Mattingly, meanwhile, outdistanced his closest challenger - Weber School senior Ben Stolovitz - by 24 seconds in a personal-best effort. His previous best had been a second-place time of 16:47 at the CCS Knights Invitational on Oct.6.
Hawks junior Tanner Brandner added a fifth-place finish in 17:03 to pace the team victory, while sophomore David Martin placed eighth in 17:20.
Heritage School teammates Tom Pattiz, a freshman, and junior John Dean Uglam weren’t far behind. Pattiz crossed in 18:05, while Uglam finished in 18:15 to complete the scoring.
Sophomores Clara Haugen and Mary McGreggor also competed for the Lady Hawks. Haugen placed 20th overall in 24:29 and McGreggor was 32nd in 28:50.
Trinity Christian freshman Nicole Zaubi put together an strong fourth-place effort in 20:40 for the Lady Lions, who took third in team standings. Senior Hannah Miller was 12th in 22:54 and sophomore Brooke Koller took 21st. Senior Skyler Lamb (25th, 26:09) and freshman Hannah Johnson (34th, 29:56) ended the scoring.
The Lions were led by freshman Ben Peacock, who finished 22nd in 19:08. He was followed by junior Daniel Leuhm (31st) and freshman Alex Rhodes (32nd).
Sophomore Caleb Nixon added a 36th place finish while freshman Andrew Awbrey and senior Josh Nixon were just a second apart in 40th and 41st, respectively.