CARROLLTON — Hebron Christian found itself once again on top of the mountain as it placed five runners in the top 25 to take home the state title Friday at Carrollton.

The Lions (63 points) came into the meet in a three-way battle for the top spot with Landmark Christian (last year’s state champion) and Whitefield Academy. In the end, the Lions were 32 points better than Landmark and 42 points better the Whitefield.

“It’s very gratifying to see their hard work pay off,” said Hebron coach Mike Beaudreau. “The boys showed tremendous will. It was a tough day to run, and yet they just kept pushing. That’s a testament to their fortitude.

“I sensed a feeling of calmness (in the guys). We prepared as hard as we could and as smart as we could.”

Brandon Potra (17:34.32) and Ethan Selph (17:35.88) led the way for the Lions, finishing in sixth and seventh place. Blake Fugel (18:02.82) finished 12th, Preston Brown (18:12.40) was 15th and Michael Fabiano (18:34.52) was 24th.

“It’s a challenge (for Potra and Selph) because they’re both competitive,” Beaudreau said. “I think that competition helps push both of them forward. I think they’re both good at putting individual egos aside, and that they were competing for each other more than themselves.”

For Wesleyan, a year after finishing fifth in its area meet to miss going to state, the Wolves finished fourth with 123 points. Couple that with the girls also finishing fourth in their race, and Wolves’ head coach Chad McDaniel was very happy.

“I’m really proud of the way our kids competed,” said Wesleyan head coach Chad McDaniel. “They ran together in the spots where they needed to.”

Mac Howie (17:58.21) led the Wolves’ effort in 11th, while teammates Zach Hanger (18:34.29) and Jeb Brown (18:36.97) were 23rd and 26th.

On the girls side, the pack was again grouped together, with 1:34 separating the top-five runners.

“Those packs were what was the difference for us in getting into the top four,” McDaniel said. “I think some of it is that those kids are equally talented and they work equally hard, so some of it is just natural. We do talk to them about encouraging each other during the race. If you’re going to pass one of your teammates during the race, tell them to come with you and encourage them.”

The girls were led by Caitlin Kelly (22:05.94) in 19th, while the trio of Quinn Kaloper (23:06.90), Mikayla John (23:09.93) and Ashley Doran (23:15.16) were 29th, 30th and 31st.

Providence Christian also had a good day. The girls finished fifth (140), thanks in large part to a ninth-place finish by Jennifer Woollery (21:01.39) and 11th-place finish by Ayden Drake (21:08.22).

The Providence boys finished 11th (281) and were led by Landon King (18:23.29) in 20th and Luke Hudson (18:42.18) in 29th.

Hebron Christian’s lone girls representative, Amanda Jackson (23:45.38), finished 41st.

Buford girls place 10th, boys 16th

The Buford girls had a good showing in Class AAAAA on Friday, finishing in 10th place with 340 points.

The Wolves were led by Caroline Montini (21:35.40) in 37th place, while Sarah Davis (21:46.19) was 45th.

The boys were 16th with 391 points, and were led by Chase Hartman (18:26.37) in 61st place, and Brandon Allen (18:31.53) in 68th place.

CROSS COUNTRY

Friday

at Carrollton High School

CLASS AAAAA

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

1. Nick Nyman, Starr’s Millv16:09.20

2. Audrick Pyrroneau, Hiram 16:19.78

3. Zach Jaeger, McIntosh 16:25.49

4. Domonic Macias, Union Grove 16:46.22

5. Vladi Zander-Velloso, McIntosh 16:53.85

6. Collin Kilgore, Flowery Branch 17:00.34

7. Hans Ames, South Effingham 17:09.71

8. Antaures Jackson, Eagle’s Landing 17:15.56

9. Thomas Hall, Whitewater 17:16.04

10. Ty Duben, Starr’s Mill 17:18.66

TEAM RESULTS

1. McIntosh 72

2. Starr’s Mill 122

3. Clarkston 165

4. Clarke Central 182

5. Grady 192

16. Buford 391 (61. Chase Hartman, 18:26.37; 68. Brendon Allen, 18:31.53; 76. Gavin Smith, 18:37.90; 83. Ben Archer, 18:46.08; 112. Zach Davidson, 19:05.29)

CLASS AAAAAAA

GIRLS

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

1. Erin Leonard, Jones County 18:43.74

2. Megan Uszynski, McIntosh 19:31.53

3. Erika Plummer, Flowery Branch 19:36.57

4. Haley Rose, Decatur 19:44.23

5. Carli Clymer, Woodland-Cartersville 19:50.15

6. Mackenzie Walls, Veterans 19:50.44

7. Kayla Rose, McIntosh 19:50.79

8. Hannah Moore, McIntosh 19:51.22

9. Darbie Olive, Starr’s Mill 19:51.47

10. Zoe Smith, McIntosh 19:57.88

TEAM RESULTS

1. McIntosh 52

2. Woodland-Cartersville 71

3. Starr’s Mill 129

4. Flowery Branch 140

5. Grady 162

10. Buford 340 (37. Caroline Montini, 21:35.40; 45. Sarah Davis, 21:46.19; 67. Jordan Sullivan, 22:47.77; 92. Gabby Thacker, 23:36.49; 104. Lauryn Davidson, 23:56.24)

CROSS COUNTRY

Friday

at Carrollton High School

CLASS A (Private)

BOYS

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

1. Griffin McCauley, Paideia 17:02.42

2. Devin Wade, Whitefield Academy 17:04.84

3. Zackary Truitt, Landmark Christian 17:09.97

4. Graham Blanks, Athens Academy 17:13.81

5. Alex van Schoor, Galloway 17:32.66

6. Brandon Potra, Hebron Christian 17:34.32

7. Ethan Selph, Hebron Christian 17:35.88

8. Kameron Jackson, Landmark Christian 17:42.85

9. Ryan Iyer, Athens Academy 17:44.06

10. Jack Drury, Landmark Christian 17:49.70

TEAM RESULTS

1. Hebron Christian 63 (6 Brandon Potra, 17:34.32; 7. Ethan Selph, 17:35.88; 12. Blake Fugel, 18:02.82; 15. Preston Brown, 18:12.40; 24. Michael Fabiano, 18:34.52)

2. Landmark Christian 95

3. Whitefield Academy 105

4. Wesleyan 123 (11. Mac Howie, 17:58.21; 23. Zach Hanger, 18:34.29; 26. Jeb Brown, 18:36.97; 34. Carson Pavelec, 18:53.53; 35. Will Parrish, 18:54.51)

5. Savannah Christian 147

11. Providence Christian 281 (20. Landon King, 18:23.29; 29. Luke Hudson, 18:42.18; 68. Joel Duffie, 19:45.71; 86. Sam Johnson, 20:30.83; 89. Colson Drake, 20:38.99)

GIRLS

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

1. Mary Kellison Thorne, Landmark Christian 19:33.76

2. Reagan Mahoney, Atlanta International 19:45.60

3. Sophia West, Paideia 19:58.16

4. Jackie Addy, Holy Innocents 20:03.54

5. Anna Marian Block, Athens Academy 20:07.56

6. Erin Fegans, Landmark Christian 20:08.42

7. Sarah Foreman, Landmark Christian 20:10.32

8. Lindsey Biggar, Landmark Christian 20:58.21

9. Jennifer Woollery, Providence Christian 21:01.39

10. Emily L Little, Whitefield Academy 21:06.25

TEAM RESULTS

1. Landmark Christian 60

2. Holy Innocents 69

3. Athens Academy 115

4. Wesleyan 130 (19. Caitlin Kelly, 22:05.94; 29. Quinn Kaloper, 23:06.90; 30. Mikayla John, 23:09.93; 31. Ashley Doran, 23:15.16; 39. Emma Surber, 23:39.93)

5. Providence Christian 140 (9. Jennifer Woollery, 21:01.39; 11. Ayden Drake, 21:08.22; 33. Maddie Wheatly, 23:17.33; 45. Taylor Simmons, 23:52.78; 60. Sophia McCumber, 24:38.32)

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