CONYERS - The Heritage boys cross country team won its division in the Aubrae Gunderson Invitational on Saturday at the Georgia International Horse Park.
With four runners placing in the top eight, the Patriots prevailed in the boys red division, consisting of 20 teams from Class AAAAA and Class AAAA, with 55 points.
Jake Hudson led the way for Heritage, finishing second overall in the race with a time of 16 minutes, 59.49 seconds. He finished 16.46 seconds behind the race winner Alec Clifford from North Cobb.
Brandon Harrison was fourth (17:36.22) for the Patriots followed by Darius Calhoun in seventh (17:49.30) and Aaron Worthy in eighth (17:51.04). Zach Landy completed the Heritage top five in 35th (18:52.16).
In the team scoring, North Cobb was a distant second with 93. Chamblee was third with 107, Evans was fourth at 151 and Habersham Central was fifth at 60.
The Newton boys squad was the next highest local finisher in eight at 185.
Raymond Menafee posted the Rams' best time in sixth place at 17:47.72.
Tyler Ransom (23rd, 18:28.50), Jamal Green (47th, 19:05.90), Jason Moffitt (53rd, 19:08.37) and Bradley Johnston (62nd, 19:12.18) rounded out the Rams' top five.
Alcovy placed 14th in the race with 359 points. Joshua Holcombe produced the Tigers' best effort with a time of 19:00.88 in 42nd place.
Salem finished 18th in the team standings with 502 points. Logan Gunzenhauser posted the Seminoles' lowest time in 74th place at 19:28.99.
Devon Silvey's time of 21:53 was the lowest time for Rockdale, which finished 20th with 635 points.
In the girls red division, Heritage posted the top local finish in third place with 110 points, just one point behind Region 8-AAAA opponent Winder-Barrow in second. Dacula won the 17-team event with 93 points.
Newton's Ameryst Armstead was the top local individual finisher in third place with a time of 21:30.80. The Lady Rams did not have enough runners to compete as a team.
Evans' Elena Hubbard won the race in 19:43.29, while Winder-Barrow's Amanda Cope was second in 20:30.98.
Heritage freshman Simone Worthy finished fifth overall in 21:58.35, while Salem's Shannon Christian placed sixth in 22:07.57.
Rounding out the Lady Patriots' top five were: Sarah Hayward (15th, 22:56.15), Lena Killingsworth (16th, 23.00.31), Jamara Dye (22nd, 23:32.23) and Kristin Rodgers (65th, 25:17.07).
Rockdale was second among the local school, placing 12th overall with 305 points. Lauren Coursey (46th, 24:28.11), Sofia Tuttle (61st, 25:01.16), Miranda Wright (64th, 25:13.72), Patti Murphy (75th, 25:50.66) and Lindsay Geise (91st, 26:36.89) posted the top five times for the Lady Bulldogs.
Salem was 16th in the team standings at 397. Lindsay Kaiser (83rd, 26:18.25) was the only other Lady Seminole runner to crack the top 100 in the race.
Alcovy placed 17th at 429. Makiala Houseworth posted the Lady Tigers' top time in 69th at 25:31.65.
In the boys blue division, Eastside finished seventh in the team standings with 208 points in the 20-team race for Class AAA, AA and A schools. Blessed Trinity won the event with 45 points followed by Prince Avenue Christian (117), Spalding (137), White County (162), Lovett (162) and Grady (203).
Ace Cook recorded a top-10 finish for the Eagles, placing eighth with a time of 18:12.46. Mikey Rue (37th, 20:10.03), Sam Johnson (41st, 20:14.27), Kyle Yeomans (55th, 210:35.39) and Tim Guy (69th, 20:57.10) rounded out the Eastside top five.
Spalding's Will Ficklen finished first in the race at 16:52.21.
In the girls blue division, Eastside finished ninth at 238, just two points behind Riverwood in eighth. Therrell won the close event with 61 points, beating Blessed Trinity by a point and Grady by three points.
Athens Academy was fourth at 109 followed by White County at 131, Lovett at 194 and Spalding at 207.
Woodland-Henry's Allison Bishop won the race with a time of 20:23.20.
Allie Haynie posted Eastside's best time of 23:46.92 to finish 31st overall.
Blakely Smith (36th, 23:59.53), Melissa Bender (42nd, 24:42.89), Chrissie McLemore (76th, 26:23.40) and Amber Decker (86th, 27:06.53) completed the Lady Eagles' top five.
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