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Newton perfect in dual meet

COVINGTON -- Both of Newton's cross country squads were able to overcome the heat and course conditions better than Rockdale as they each finished with a perfect score of 15 points in the dual meet on Wednesday.

Winning for the boys and girls were Alex Grady for the boys with a time of 18 minutes, 26 seconds and Robin Spencer coming in just under the 30 minute mark with a time of 29:27.

Finishing second through fifth in the boys meet were Shamar Rannie (20:25), Sean McDuffie (20:29), Jose Rivera (20:33) and Bryan Harrison (21:47).

"The times were relatively slow. But with this hot day, and we have a tough course, the times are pretty irrelevant," said Newton head coach Aaron Robinson. "It's more for the experience and the effort. We have young runners so it's just to get out there and race. That's all we're looking for as far as experience. These guys are getting it and they're getting better every time."

Even though Rockdale's top three runners came in sixth, seventh and ninth overall, Rockdale coach Chester Fuller was happy with their performance.

"The guys pretty much placed where I expected them to place. Newton has some good runners and I knew we couldn't run with their top three but I knew we could be competitive," Fuller said. "Our first guy, Jacob Colver came in sixth. He's been pretty much leading our team in each of the four meets."

Coming in behind Colver, who crossed the finish line in 22:42, were Giovanny Gonzalez (23:24) and Kevin Mendez (24:16).

"Out of our top five runners four are freshman," Fuller said. "We have one senior (Gonzalez). It's a young squad."

In the girls meet, there was no way Rockdale could win considering they only had two runners.

Even though neither of them broke the top five, Kyia Havens came close coming in sixth with a time of 32:21 which was 21 seconds behind Newton's No. 5 runner, Taylor McCloud.

Rockdale's other girl, Tracy Bucknor, finished with a time of 40:20.

"She did fine. We've never run this course before so she didn't know what to expect out of it," Fuller said of Havens.

Coming in between Spencer and McClould were Brittany Banks (30:24), Maiya Newton (30:29), Genevieve Antoine (30:31) and Cicely Inge (31:07).