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Chapel Hill tops (cross) country charts
by Ericka Birdsong
November 15, 2012 05:40 PM | 1975 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Chapel Hill cross country runners Cameron Lord and Paul McCloud.
From left, Chapel Hill cross country runners Cameron Lord and Paul McCloud.
On Nov. 3, the Chapel Hill cross country team dominated the Region 4-AAA meet as both the boys and girls finished in first place.

The boys team placed first in their race and kept their team score low as they didn’t let another school cross the line better than eighth place.

Finishing first in the meet was Cameron Lord with a time of 16:16.74. Paul McCloud with a time of 16:49.11 followed him for second place, and Jamie Robinson came in at a time of 17:21.10 to round out the top three.

Caleb Searles (17:21.20), Trevor Price (17:41.94), Ayin Ward (17:46.71) and Chase Hancock (18:00.45) finished fourth through seventh.

The girls finished their race in a very similar fashion as they finished first through ninth, allowing only one non-Panther runner to come in and take fifth place.

Finishing first for the school, the region and the county was Ashton Lord with a time of 18:52.45. Darby Demarest placed second with a time of 20:00.00 and Hope Kimberly crossed the finish line seconds later with a time of 20:03.52 for third place.

Anna Leah Deese (20:43.42), Kaneisha Mixon (20:55.90), Ciera West (20:55.95), Eyonnti Edwards (21:02.32) and Avery Rains (21:46.72) finished fourth through ninth.

The Chapel Hill runners have been trained all season by head coach Kelly Williams. Williams has been coaching cross country and track at Chapel Hill since she started the programs in 1999.

Both teams competed in the Georgia High School Association’s state meet on Nov. 10. The boys’ team finished eighth while the girls finished seventh.

“I felt really good about my teams going into state …We were county and region champions and we finished in the top 10 in state, so it was a good day,” Williams said.

Now that the season is finally over, the team will have some time for a little rest and relaxation, but only enough to get them ready to start running again.

“We’ll take two weeks off so their bodies can heal then get ready for track,” said Williams, who said a good portion of the team also runs track while others play soccer.

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