The girls finished region runner-up while the boys finished fourth in the region.
The girls were led by Junior Mallory Warren running a 20:09 and Senior Catie Camron running a 20:14. Warren and Camron finished third and fourth in the region, respectively.
In total the Lady Wildcats had four runners finish with a sub-21:00 5k time. They missed winning the region title by just three points to North Paulding High.
“The big change for our Lady Wildcats this year has been a complete change in their training mindset,” Matthew Landolt, the girls cross country coach at Woodland, said. “In recent years, they have been content finishing sixth to eighth in the region. At the end of last year, we decided to commit to a new training program and these girls made those goals a reality.”
The boys team was led by senior Bryce Marratta, who ran a time of 17:15. Junior James Clark also ran well with a time of 17:36, as did freshman Thomas Jolly, who ran a time of 18:02.
The boys squad was ranked sixth in the region prior to the event, so it took an outstanding team effort to advance to the state championship.
“I’m so proud of our boys today. They came in as the underdog and gave it everything they had so they could move on to the state championship,” Woodland’s boys coach Rob Forbes said. “I couldn’t be happier for them.”
Each team will now advance to the state championship meet, which will be held Saturday in Carrollton.
For the first time in school the history, Adairsville High School will have a cross country team competing at the state championship meet.
Not only did Emily Sexauer retain her title as region champion on Oct. 31, but teammate Alissa Creighton placed 10th and the varsity girls team ran its way to a second-place finish, qualifying for the state championship.
“We are so proud of both of these teams achieving something that no other AHS cross country team has been able to achieve,” Adairsville Coach John Ford said.
The varsity boys placed third behind Coahulla Creek and Cartersville, and as a result, they also qualified for the state championship meet to be held on Nov. 9 in Carrollton.
Dakota Holt placed sixth to lead the team.