GMC boys win cross country title, Bleckley County sweeps, Jones County’s Leonard wins
Jones County’s Erin Leonard added to her stellar resume on Saturday by winning the GHSA Class 5A girls cross country title in Carrollton.
And GMC’s boys topped Seminole County for the Class 1A public boys title, with Hunter Kimball and Aaron Kirkland finishing 1-2.
Leonard finished the 5K course in 19 minutes, 17.97 seconds, topping Megan Uszynski of McIntosh by more than a half-minute.
On Friday, Bleckley County’s boys and girls won Class 2A championships, led by Carl Ellis Corley’s first-place finish for the boys and Macy Moe’s third-place finish for the girls. Monticello’s Mari Jablonski and Alina Jablonski finished 1-2, competing as individuals.
Leonard helped the Greyhounds to a 10th-place finish. Teammate Kaitlyn Holder was 22nd and Frannie Pittman 40th.
Veterans was 17th, led by Mackenzie Walls’ 12th-place finish.
Veterans was 15th in Class 5A boys, while Warner Robins was 27th.
Northside finished 24th in Class 6A, while Houston County was 28th.
Paul Kellam was 24th for West Laurens, which was eighth in Class 4A boys. Perry was 13th, Mary Persons 15th and Baldwin 27th.
Alyssa Mountin of Perry was 19th in Class 4A girls, helping the Panthers to a 12th-place finish. West Laurens was 17th, Mary Persons 21st, Howard 26th and Baldwin 29th.
In Class 3A boys, Central finished 26th and Peach County 27th. Peach County’s girls were 15th, Central was 21st and Rutland 28th.
Kaylon Farley was ninth for GMC’s boys and Tyler Johnson 14th. ACE’s Jared Taylor finished 10th.
Hawkinsville’s Sarah Rucker was ninth in Class 1A public girls. ACE finished 12th as a team.
Bleckley County’s cross country program enjoyed a wildly successful day Friday in Carrollton, winning the GHSA Class 2A boys and girls titles.
The Royals won the boys championship for the second straight year, edging Banks County 43-55. Dodge County placed sixth with 213 points, while Lamar County came in eighth at 285.
Points are scored in cross country by how individual runners finish: one point for first, two for second, and so on. The lowest score wins.
Corley also repeated as individual champion. He ran the 5,000-meter race in 17 minutes, 19.48 seconds, beating second-place Clayton Scarborough of Dodge County by 7.53 seconds.
Garrett Rogers of Bleckley County placed fifth in 18:00.07, while teammate Dayton Cannon took ninth in 18:26.69. Another Bleckley County runner, C.J. Rich, finished 13th, while Dodge County’s Dakota Rowland came in 15th. Bleckley County’s Bronson Sanders took 15th.
Bleckley County defeated Rabun County 80-117 for the girls title. Lamar County finished eighth with 250 points.
Monticello didn’t field a full team at the state meet, but Hurricanes runners finished 1-2. Mari Jablonski won the meet in 21:37.18, while Alina Jablonski took second in 21:52.90. Bleckley County’s Macy Moe finished third in 22:04.21.
Also, Bleckley County’s Austin Perez placed 13th and Washington County’s Ashlee Dixon finished 14th.
The Class 1A private championships also were held Friday, along with the Class 7A championships. No Middle Georgia teams finished in the top 10, and no Middle Georgia individuals finished in the top 20.