Powell, Hawks continue region dominance
Ruthie Powell continued to cement her name as The Heritage School's most prolific runner in the history of its cross country and track-and-field programs, and Hawks runners handed longtime coach Frank Marchman another region title during last week's 1-AAA championships.
Just a junior, Powell won her fourth consecutive individual region cross-country title having equally dominated in long-distance events during the spring. Her time of 20:22 easily won the event by a 25-second margin while earning All- Region honors.
Powell now will attempt to repeat her Class AAA individual title at this Saturday's state meet on the same course at Loganville Christian.
The Lady Hawks, who placed third among team scores, also saw Ashley Wood (3rd, 20:51) and Catherine Hallman (9th, 23:43) earn All-Region status.
Heritage's boys, meanwhile, used four All-Region efforts to capture a 1-AAA championship in a 34-40 victory over Mill Springs while led by Tanner Brandner's runner-up individual finish. Brandner placed second overall in 18:25 while among four Hawks that placed in the top-10. Teammate Parker Jones was a second behind in third at 18:26 while David Martin and Tom Pattiz placed eighth and ninth, respectfully in 19:01 and 19:14.
Gage Warren closed out the scoring in 20:30 in 12th place, while just off the mark for All-Region honors. Both Matt Harmon (18th, 21:04) and Hayden Jones (24th, 21:33) each finished among the top-25 individuals.
Mill Springs runner Devin Hazzard earned the boys individual championship in 18:08.
Efforts by Sara Brillanti (19th) and Mary McGreggor (25th) also contributed to the Lady Hawks' third-place finish.
Trinity Christian's boys placed sixth overall while led individually by Alex Rhodes' 19th-place finish in 21:05. Also scoring for the Lions were Drew Taylor (23rd), Daniel Luehm (34th), Franklin Rhodes (39th) and Jaylen Tindal (43rd). Stanley Hineline and Harry Morrison also competed for Trinity.
The Lady Lions had two individual entries in the girls meet led by Maggie Wheeler's 27thplace finish. Bianca Sharpe also placed 38th for Trinity.