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Worthy captures 4th straight victory
Heritage senior still unbeaten after Eagle Run win

CONYERS - Heritage's Aaron Worthy is still unbeaten in cross country.

The senior won his fourth straight race of the year for the Patriots on Saturday, taking home the individual boys honors in the Eagle Run at East Jackson High School in Commerce.

Worthy posted a time of 17 minutes, 46.51 seconds to beat Elbert County's Ethan Alexander by more than six seconds. He will try to continue his winning streak Saturday in the Aubrae Gunderson Invitational at the Georgia International Horse Park.

Brandon Harrison (11th, 18:44.80), Andrew Connors (19th, 19:09.24), Mike Dontfraid (24th, 19:33.49) and Zach Whiten (28th, 19:45.57) rounded out the Patriots' top five.

The Heritage boys finished second in the meet with 83 points. Region 8-AAAA foe Habersham Central took the top spot with 69. West Hall (105), East Jackson (134), Elbert County (137), Dawson County (175), Buford (188), Jefferson (243), Clarke Central (254) and Oglethorpe County (271) rounded out the top 10.

The Eastside boys finished 14th with 364 points. Michael Hammock paced the Eagles in 27th at 19:42.90.

In the girls race, Heritage's Simone Worthy recorded the top local individual finish in fifth with a time of 21:45.

Lena Killingsworth (25th, 25:15), Shea Smith (45th, 26:21), Cate Reach (47th, 26:22) and Alyssa Clingenpeel (56th, 26:34) completed Heritage's top five.

The Lady Patriots finished fifth overall in the meet with 182 points. Dawson County won the event with 45 followed by Jefferson (91), East Jackson (99) and West Hall (122) to complete the top four. After Heritage, Jackson County (193), Clarke Central (195), Habersham Central (213), Stephens County (213) and Cedar Shoals (219) rounded out the top 10.

Eastside just missed a top-10 finish in 11th at 246. Blakely Smith led the way for the Lady Eagles in 37th at 26:01 followed by Naomi Denby in 42nd at 26:19, Alle Haynie in 44th at 26:20, Melissa Howard in 71st at 27:36 and Deanna Kaluta in 73rd at 27:39.

Also on Saturday, the Alcovy boys recorded a seventh-place finish in the Milton Invitational.

Dominique Brown was the Tigers' top individual finisher in sixth place at 19:22.84. Joshua Holcombe was next in 29th (20:22.86) followed by Ahmad Crawford (39th, 20:42.32), Dakota Papke (56th, 21:33.00) and Damontae Ivey (61st, 21:54.24).

Chattahoochee took the team title in the boys race with 59 points, nipping host Milton by a single point. Marist was third with 66, Riverwood was fourth with 85, Alpharetta was fifth at 108, South Forsyth was sixth at 169 and Alcovy was seventh at 170.

In the girls race, Alcovy did not have enough runners to post a team score. Makiala Houseworth had the Lady Tigers' top finish in 68th with a time of 28:25.24.

Jeff Gillespie can be reached at jeff.gillespie@rockdalecitizen.com.