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Newton, Heritage run strong at Jag Invite

There were plenty of top local finishers at Spalding University last weekend. Newton and Heritage combined for six top-10 finishers in the boy’s race and several top placers in the girl’s race at the Jag Invitational.

Newton’s Kameron Wallace and T.J. Wilson of Heritage finished 1-2 in the boy’s race with Wallace clinching the race by a 10-second margin, 18:39 to 18:49. Shemar Rannie of Newton placed fourth at 18:56, while Heritage had Darryl Bowie place fifth (18:59), San Marteen Rozier, sixth (19:04) and Sam Wells run in 19:06 to finish eighth.

Four others placed in the top-20, including Heritage’s Chase Hall (16th at 20:09) and Carl Davis (19th, 20:19), who helped the Patriots win the team title, and for the third-place Rams, Randolph Barrett was 21st (20:31) and Cameron Clark, 23rd (20:50).

The Heritage girls finished second, thanks to fifth-place Alexia Wilson (22:27) and 11th-place Damali Thomas (24:31). Also placing in the top-25 for the Patriots were Ally Silvy (18th at 25:27), Erin Carter (20th, 25:35) and Emily Taylor (21st, 25:41). For Newton, which finished fifth, Rachael Brown led the way with a 15th-place finish (24:51), while Maiya Newton was 23rd (25:58).

Bulldogs runner-up at OLM

The strong start to the 2013 season continued for the Rockdale boy’s cross country team. The Bulldogs, fresh off a first-place finish at the North Cobb Christian School Early Bird Invitational in the season opener, picked up a second-place trophy at the Mercy Invitational, hosted by Our Lady of Mercy.

Dax Willette led the way for Rockdale, placing third in the 5,000-meter run at 16:52.62, which was a little over three seconds behind runner-up Joshua Rogers of Pace Academy. The Bulldogs had three other top-25 finishers: Patrick Massie was 18th at 18:10.82; Jonathan Butler ran in 18:22.27, good enough for 21st place; and Logan Hull was 23rd (18:23.89).

The Rockdale girls finished a disappointing 18th out of 19 teams. Jada Jackson was the top runner for Rockdale as the freshman ran in 24:23.69 to finish 59th.