High School Cross Country

Northgate girls capture Jag Invitational title


Northgate’s girls cross country team opened the season on Saturday with a meet victory at the Jag Invitational in Spalding. Team members include Caitlin Bellora, Erica Lee, Caroline Nelson, Elise Glorvigen, Laura Rodes, Julianna Fugate and Taylor Lee. 

The Northgate High School cross country team started its season in winning fashion Saturday, capturing the girls portion of the Jag Invitational in Griffin with 21 points.

Northgate’s boys were second behind Heritage-Conyers.

Led by junior Caitlin Bellora’s (20:55) first-place finish, the Lady Vikings put all five of their scoring runners in the top-10.

Teammate Erica Lee (22:16) was third overall.

Two Northgate freshmen, Caroline Nelson (22:31) and Elise Glorvigen (23:18) were sixth and seventh overall.

Laura Rodes (24:10) was 10th overall for the Lady Vikings.

For the Vikings, senior Evan Vat- ave (18:50) took third place overall to pace three Northgate runners to top-10 performances.

Sophomore Justin Whipple (19:17) was ninth and Josh Olier (19:18) was 10th.

Spencer Kamthun (19:46) was 12th and Andrew Lail (20:11) was 17th.

“It was nice to have good showing,” Chris Kimes said. “It was a small field, but we were there because it was a challenging course and that is what we wanted.”

At the Bob Blastow Invitational in Douglas County, Newnan’s girls fin- ished second in the Varsity 2 Division with 33 points in the Lady Cougars’ second meet of the season.

Newnan’s girls finished behind Creekview’s 26 points.

East Coweta ended the day in 13th place while also competing in the Varsity 2 field.

The Varsity 1 field of 16 schools was led by Marist, Blessed Trinity and McIntosh.

The Lady Cougars turned in a solid performance that had three of their runners in the top 15. Elizabeth West- erfield led the way with an eighth- place finish in 21:33. Teammate Anna Haydon (22:08) was 12th and Hannah Hudson 15th (22:21).

Maya Sherman was 23rd (22:48) and Mary Douglass Hallman completed

the scoring (23:28) in 28th position. The Lady Indians were led by senior Darian Pugh (24:22), who was 45th overall. Anna Weatherly (25:20) was 64th, Rebecca Baker (27:11) was 96th, Sylenna Brown (27:59) was 101st and Hannah McLay(30:55) was 119th.

On the boys side, both Newnan and East Coweta had finishers among the top 20 in the Varsity 2 event.

Cougar junior Matthew Miller just missed a top-10 effort, finishing 11th in 18:05. East Coweta senior co-captain Samuel Siprelle placed 16th in 18:20 to lead the Indians.

Newnan’s Ty Mossburg (18:33) was 21st and Ben Ketelsen (18:52) was 26th. Rounding out the top five scorers for Newnan were Tyler Vermilya (19:18) who finished 38th, and Nick Dude (19:27) who was 44th.

Also scoring for East Coweta were Guy Marquis (96th, 20:52), Caleb Christopher (101st, 21:01), Kyle Hunt (120th, 21:51) and Chase Pack (121st, 21:52).

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