CONYERS - On Wednesday afternoon, the Rockdale girls took first place while the boys finished second during their cross country home meet against Henry County and Jackson County.
Sophia Tuttle led the Lady Bulldogs (15 points) with a first-place time of 25 minutes, 2 seconds.
"I'm real excited about Sophia," Rockdale coach Scott Bolen said. "We think she's faster than she's ever run, (and) is capable of staying out in front."
Rounding out the top five were four Lady Bulldogs - Lauren Coursey (second, 25:18), Emily Boyer (third, 26:03), Patti Murphy (fourth, 27:06) and Miranda Wright (fifth, 27:32).
"Our girls have been our strongest team all year," Bolen said. "I think that the times for the girls were actually a little bit greater than I thought they would be; I actually wanted to see better times today. So, while the score looks good, I'm going to stress in the next few days of practice that we've got to run harder if we want to compete."
Jackson's Hannah Kline finished sixth overall with a time of 27:36.
For the boys, Henry's Darnell Brown took top honors with a mark of 17:48, helping his team to a first-place finish (16 points).
"Clearly, Henry County was the class of the meet," Bolen said. "There was no question about that, and 17:48 is a great time in any meet."
Henry's Tevin Prewett placed second with a time of 19:52, while teammates Thien Tran (20:10) and Kavon Sadler (20:41) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Ken Shinmura led the Bulldogs with a personal best time of 20:50. Overall, the team tallied 31 points.
Jackson's Jody Glidewell placed 10th with a mark of 22:12.
"We're working toward a goal of 20 minutes in the 5K," Bolen said. "We think that's the goal for our team, rather than focusing on place. We're progressing and improving from when we started a few weeks ago, so I'm hoping that our guys will work toward that goal over the year."
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