Woodland's Trapheagen, Evans finish 1-2; Canes' Spinks also takes 1st


A pair of local female standouts won their respective cross country races Saturday by sizable margins.

Woodland stalwart McKenna Trapheagen set the course record during Saturday's Run at the Rock, completing her home course in a blistering 18 minutes, 17.54 seconds. She outpaced teammate Rylee Evans, who finished runner-up, with a time of 19:45.21.

Elsewhere, Cartersville's McKinsey Spinks familiarized herself with the course that will once again host the GHSA state championships later this year. The sophomore won the 4A-5A race, as part of the Carrollton Orthopedic Invitational.

Spinks completing the notoriously difficult course in 22 minutes, 53.63 seconds, finishing more than 25 seconds ahead of her next closest competitor. Fellow 10th-grader Trinity Atkins earned a top-10 finish, narrowly breaking the 25-minute mark to place 10th.

Overall, Woodland wound up second in the girls race behind Holy Innocents'. Danielle Thayer (19th, 21:54.82) and Marlee Bowles (22nd, 21:59.82) picked up top-25 showings, while Emma Segars (31st, 22:19.79) completed the team's scorers.

Despite Spinks' stellar day and Atkins' impressive performance, Cartersville could only manage a fifth-place team finish. Alice Terry was just outside the top 25, placing 26th with a time of 26:29.25. Jaxiry Betancourt (35th, 28:26.44) and Trista Kelly (37th, 28:44.48) rounded out the Canes' top-five.

On the boys side, Cartersville competed in the incredibly competitive championship race at Carrollton, placing 14th overall but first among Class 4A schools, including Blessed Trinity, Oconee County and LaGrange.

Freshman Sidney Stegall led the Canes with a time of 17 minutes, 45.22 seconds; junior Bill Archer finished the course in 17 minutes, 52.39 seconds; and sophomore Alex Rios was exactly 10 spots back, crossing the finish line in just over 18 minutes. Levi Booth (112th, 18:32.97) and Max Florence (116th, 18:38.46) were fourth and fifth, respectively, for the Canes.

The Woodland boys didn't have a top-10 finisher in their race, but another balanced showing — with their top five runners placing between 11th and 40th —  allowed the Wildcats to place fifth overall.

Tyler Jones paced the group, winding up just outside the top 10. Patrick Bollwerk placed 24th in 17 minutes, 44.06 seconds. Dylan Stermer (30th, 18:00.13), John Forsyth (35th, 18:11.60) and McKinley Chappell (40th, 18:19.68) all finished within 10 spots of each other.