Tuesday was no exception as hundreds of high school cross country runners ran the 3.1-mile course as the 33rd invitational took place amid overcast skies.
“The 34th invitational is already planned for next October,” Coach David Rawlins of Cass High School said.
On this particular Tuesday, Rawlins had the dual honor of coaching his boys and girls cross country teams, and handing out trophies to the top individual and team finishers.
For the boys varsity, Cass, with 105 total points, received a trophy for finishing third behind Cartersville, 71 total points; and Pickens, which won it with 58 points. Woodland placed fifth with 158 points.
Top individual finishers in the boys division were Drew Bellows, 16:39; Pickens; Lawson Crowe, Cartersville, 17:00; Turner Maranos, Pickens, 19:05; Troy Hickom, Cartersville, 17:10; and Rogelia Herrera, Cartersville, 17:17.
Ashley Barrera of Woodland was the top individual finisher in the girls division with a time of 19:50. Rounding out the top five were Haley Longo, Centennial, 20:19; Nadlin Hawk, Sprayberry, 20:25; Savannah Rice, Pickens, 20:49; and Hannah Sanford, North Cherokee, 20:51.
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