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Wildcat teams sweep region
State run Saturday in Carrollton
Cross-Country-DC MED

Richmond Hill swept the team titles at the Region 3-AAAAA cross-country meet Oct. 29 in Richmond Hill.
The RHHS boys’ team had five of the top seven individual runners en route to 24 points, which was well clear of runner-up South Effingham with 85 points.
The girls’ team had similar success, claiming five of the top 10 spots for 28 points. South Effingham was second with 83.
Individually for the Richmond Hill boys, Rakeem Littles was second with a time of 18 minutes, 9.30 seconds. William Hammesfahr was fourth in 18:30.04, Jacob Hedgepeth was fifth in 18:37.77, Jacob Jones was sixth in 18:40.70, and Cooper Williams was seventh in 18:42.75.

Andrew Thorpe placed 22nd in 19:39.93, and Garrett Franzel was 28th in 20:08.09.
Cody Reed of Coffee was the top boys’ runner, finishing in a time of 17:54.58.

The RHHS girls’ squad was led by Jenn Thorpe, who finished second in a time of 20:46.43. Daryn Lane Petite was right behind in third in 20:46.76, and Rachel Hammesfahr was fifth in 22:06.38. Also, Alycia Ussery was eighth in 23:31.57 and Avery Waters was 10th in 23:45.58.
Rounding out the Wildcat girls’ individual results, Gabrielle New was 16th in 24:37.05, and Alexis Arai was 18th in 24:42.23.

Pricilla Cartwright of South Effingham was first in the girls’ division in 20:32.25.

The Lady Redskins had 115 team points. St. Vincent’s Academy, which swept the top five individual spots, won the team crown with 15 points.
Takerriya Davis was the top finisher for BCHS, coming in 14th in 25:42.94. Also, Lindsay Bowen was 17th in 25:56.29, Vanessa Wilson was 29th in 31:22.34, and Cassidy Joyner was 30th in 31:41.11.

Amy Rountree was 31st in 32:04.18, Rachel Thraxton was 34th in 36:17.04, and Leanna Williams was 35th in 36:33.40.
Lauren O’Hearn of St. Vincent was first individually in 22:05.58.
For the BCHS boys’ team, Cole Morrison finished in the top 10, claiming ninth with a time of 19:39.05. Teammate Brian Morgan was 18th in 20.19.59, while Michael Edwards was 36th in 22:51.90.

Noah Twiggs was 41st in 23:55.24, Darrin Gusman was 43rd in 24:24.24, Cody Cameroon was 44th in 24:30.73, and Jacob Bryan was 46th in 24:50.74 to complete the Redskins’ placings.
The boys’ team had
147 points. Benedictine was first with 16 points after claiming five of the top six individual spots. Carson Reddick of Benedictine was first in 18:24.28.

According to, the top four teams in each region for classes AA through AAAAAA and the top six individual placers in each division qualify for the state meet, which is Saturday in Carrollton.

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