The Chapel Hill girls’ team captured the Region 4-AAA title behind junior Darby Demarest’s winning time of 22:56.43. Fellow Panthers Eyonnti Edawards (23:07.12) and Rachel Norris (24:08.47) placed second and third respectively. The boys’ team swept the top four sports in its race to claim the region crown. Junior Cameron Lord’s time of 17:53.13 was enough to finish first while Caleb Searles (18.37.42), Jamie Robinson (18.37.62) and Wilson Moore (18.37.62) followed after for the Panthers.
“Winning the region championship was an honor for our teams,” Chapel Hill head coach Kelly Williams said. “We’re a young team that has the chance to be very good down the road.”
Douglas County’s boys’ team had a successful Region 3-AAAAAA meet on Nov. 2 in Newnan, wining the competition for the second consecutive year. Danny Shaughnessy’s time of 17:40.03 was good enough for first and gave the Tigers crucial points in the boys’ team standings to edge out second-place Newman. Evan Doty and Justin Hendee also finished in the top 10.
I’m very proud and relieved,” Douglas County head coach Lyssa Hilko said. “We’re trying to keep the athletes focused, earthbound and I’ve really seen the difference that running together can make during practice. We’ve been stressing that forever and it’s really paid off.”
The Alexander girls’ team won the Region 5-AAAA meet on Oct. 30, qualifying for the state championships. Senior Chloe Champ finished second in the individual race, running a time of 19.59.08, only behind LaGrange’s Sarah Bearden’s time of 19:23.74. Anna Scasny, Haley Johnson and Carleigh Camp also finished in the top 10 for the Cougars. The boys’ team placed second in the. Broc DuCharme was the fastest Cougar runner in the race, whose time of 16:37.33 was good enough for seventh.