Week 6 Cross Country Notebook: Bainbridge, Marist collect wins


Boys …

In the 14th Annual Bainbridge Bearcat Invitational, 33 teams participated and host Bainbridge claimed first. Bainbridge junior Chase Harris finished more than a minute ahead of the field and had the fastest overall course time. North Hall went to South Carolina over the weekend and came back with a first-place finish at the Furman Classic. Bryce Schubert, Zack Hill and Quintin Miles were top 10 finishers for the Trojans.


Cherokee hosted the Warpath Invitational on Saturday and Marist placed first in a field of 30 teams. Michael Thurston, Daniel Navarro and Frank Pittman placed in the top five for Marist. The fastest overall time went to Kell junior Logan Poteet with a time of 15:39:58 and the Longhorns finished 15th overall.


East Paulding, Hiram, North Paulding, Paulding County and South Paulding ran the Paulding County Cross Country Championship on Tuesday. Hiram senior Jacob Robinson finished with the top time, but North Paulding finished first overall with five runners placing top 10 in the field of 35.

Alexander, Chapel Hill, Douglas County, Lithia Springs and New Manchester are running in the Douglas County Cross Country Championships on Thursday and a field of nine teams will run in the 3rd Annual Coach Daley Invitational on Saturday including host Northgate.


Girls …

In Class AAAAAA, Etowah remains in the top spot. After posting a runner-up finish to Marist at the Warpath Invitational in Canton. Brookwood was the biggest mover after a second-place finish to Peachtree Ridge at the Carrollton Orthopedic Clinic Invitational.


Winder-Barrow’s strong win at their own race, the Winder-Barrow Invitational, helps it ascend to the No. 4 spot in the state’s largest class. Starr’s Mill finished behind only Class AAAAAA teams in Carrollton.


The best team in the state may very well be Marist, regardless of classification. The War Eagles sent a strong message to other top teams by winning the Warpath Invitational outright.


Buford rises a few spots in Class AAA thanks to their second place finish at the Eagle Invitational in Jefferson. In Class A, private schools continue to rule the rankings. Paideia enters the ranks at No. 10.

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