Cross Country: South Forsyth wins Mountain Invitational

By Score Atlanta

South Forsyth used four top 10 finishers to win the North Gwinnett Technical College Mountain Invitational on Saturday. Ryan Peppenhorst edged out White County’s Austin Thomson by a second for first overall.

Flowery Branch took first at the Coach Benson Double Dip Classic, but Marist’s Michael Thurston ran an impressive 16:19 and edged Walton’s Kenan Farmer for first overall. All seven Brookwood runners finished inside the top 16 at the Covered Bridge Run on Saturday, and the Broncos topped Etowah, Roswell, Milton and Cherokee for first overall.

The 14th Annual Warner Robins Invitational played host to 24 high schools on Tuesday, and Perry edged out Westover for first overall. Perry’s Jackson Reid and John Weaks posted first and second place, with Jackson finishing nearly 40 seconds ahead of the pace. Twenty schools gathered for the West Hall Invitational on Tuesday, and North Hall dominated. Junior Bryce Schuebert placed first, and teammates Quintin Miles, Zack Hill and Seth Chapman were right behind him making it a Trojan sweep of the top four fastest times.

On Sept. 14, North Hall will compete in a field of 31 teams in the Furman Classic in South Carolina, and Dunwoody, Eastside, Galloway, North Atlanta, North Springs, Pelham, Pope and Providence Christian will be making the trip. Along with the Furman Classic, The Warpath Invitational in Canton, Georgia and the Eagle Invitational at East Jackson High School highlight the weekend’s biggest meets.

Last weekend, top girls teams gathered in two meets that showcased competitions that should go along way in preparing the best teams for region and state championship meets. The premier events were the Covered Bridge Run in Roswell and the Second Annual Nike Panther Invitational, hosted by Starr’s Mill in Fayetteville.

Etowah won the Covered Bridge Run and took over the top spot in girls’ Class AAAAAA. Kinsgley Green and Shelby Rensel took the top two spots for Etowah. In all, four runners for the Eagles placed in the top ten. Centennial placed second and was paced by a fourth place finish from Maddy Pederson.

Smaller schools Pace Academy (ranked No. 2 in A) and Blessed Trinity (No. 1 in AAA) represented and placed fifth and sixth respectively.

In the Fayetteville meet, top ranked Landmark Christian in Class A boasted a one-two finish by Kathryn Foreman and Nicole Fegans, but the depth of Starr’s Mill helped them earn the team win with three runners in the top 15 spots. Starr’s Mill retains the top spot in AAAAA. Lambert, Lakeside-Evans (No. 4 in AAAAA), McIntosh (No. 2 in AAAAA) and Hillgrove (No. 9 in AAAAAA) were the top five teams in the meet.

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