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RH cross country sweeps regionals
The Richmond Hill boys' and girls' cross country teams are both region champs. - photo by Photo provided.

The Richmond Hill boys’ and girls’ cross country teams swept the Region 2-AAAAAA meet on their home course Thursday afternoon, including a dominating performance by the boys’ team that saw them take the first six spots and eighth place.

“I was pleasantly surprised at the results, especially compared to the performances of the home invitational we had nine days prior,” Coach Levi Sybert said. “Both squads were training through this meet in preparation for the state meet and to compensate for missed time from Hurricane Matthew.”

Jacob Hedgepeth, Jacob Collins, Cooper Williams, Jalen Murray, Rakeem Littles and Ian Watson took the first six places, with Caleb Sahr finishing eighth.

“The boys took on a pack strategy further along in the race to best give themselves a chance to put all of them in front of the first boy from any other school and it almost worked,” Sybert said. “Great goal, focus, teamwork and results.”

For the girls, Daryn Pettit and Kayla Gholar took the top two spots, with Gabrielle New finishing seventh. Sara Kapheim was ninth, Eleanor Skinkle 11th, Avery Waters 14th and Hannah Bryant 23rd.

“Though the girls did not look as dominating as the guys, they, too, rocked it,” Sybert said. “As a whole the girls improved more than the boys week to week.”

The state meet is Saturday in Carrollton.

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