Northgate teams win JAG Invitational
Northgate cross-country teams opened the season with respective victories at the JAG Invitational in Spalding County on a steaming hot first Saturday of the season.
Both lineups head to the Battle of Atlanta at Nash Battlefield in Hampton on Saturday.
In last week's fall debut, the Vikings held off host Spalding among six boys teams while Northgate's girls put together an equally strong debut led by Caitlin Bellora's individual victory while among four Lady Vikings among the top-10 finishers.
Bellora, a senior, crossed ahead of Locust Grove freshman Madison Allie in 22:25. Sophomore Elise Glorvigen was fifth in 24:25 while twins Erica and Taylor Lee, both juniors, finished seventh and 10th, respectively.
Erica held off Lamar County teammates Ashley Canon and Libby Templeton in 25:18 while a second ahead. Taylor came in ahead of Lamar County senior Laurel Slagle in 26;04.
Northgate junior Cathleen Hoffman completed the scoring in 15th place in 27:19. Freshman Shelby Watson made her varsity debut while placing 20th.
The Lady Vikings' 26 points came in ahead of Lamar (46), Locust Grove (68) and Spalding (87).
Northgate's boys used four top-10 finishers to help hold off Spalding 36-44 while using its depth to an advantage. Sophomore Colin Gwinn led the Vikings with a third-place effort in 19:15 while junior Justin Whipple (19:39) and sophomore Sherman Dewey (19:44) crossed in fifth and sixth-place, respectively. Sophomore Jaelin Rainey was eighth in 19:54.
Junior Stephen Burns (20:08) and freshman Hayden Hasburger (20:09) were a second apart while capping off Northgate's scoring effort. Senior Josh Glorvigen also placed 17th in 20:42.
NEWNAN OPENS YEAR AT WESTMINSTER KISH KLASSIC: Matthew Miller and Maya Sherman led respective Newnan cross-country lineups during its season opening meet on Saturday at the Kish Klassic hosted by The Westminster Schools in Atlanta.
Miller, a top returner for the Cougars, stayed on the heels of Westminster's Graham Huff at the finish, crossing second in 18:32.50 for an impressive debut.
Huff led host Westminster to a first place finish in 18:26.65, with teammate Clare Draper placing third in 18:37.37.
Sherman finished in 11th place with a mark of 24:05, among a varsity girls run that was dominated by Lovett. Six of the top seven finishers were members of the Lady Lions, led by Serena Tripodi's winning time of 20:40.
Mary Douglass Hallman and Caroline Thomas also finished among the top 20. Hallman crossed in 24:51 in 15th place while Thomas was 20th in 25:37.
Adrianna Sanchez (27th, 26:17) and Emily Flournoy (32nd, 27:00) capped off the scoring, while Lindley Hudson (32nd), Mallory Greene (36th) and Rebecca Barron (37th) all broke the 28-minute mark. Julia Sanders and Hannah Thomas also competed for the Lady Cougars.
Returner Tyler Vermilya was the second Cougar runner to cross for the boys in 37th place (21:01). Eli Moore (43rd; 21:13), Jack Hrinko (48th; 21:28) and Nolan Carroll (49th; 21:28) completed Newnan's scoring.
Steven Rayburn (21:34) stayed on pace with the group while Ryan Cost, Tyler Baars and Stefan Ruby all broke the 23-minute plateau.
In JV runs, David Cornelius led the Cougars with a time of 23:33 and Emma Morris led the Lady Cougars.