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Blessed Trinity girls cross country wins AAA state title in Carrollton
by Greg Oshust
November 14, 2013 10:41 AM | 2527 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Preston Meade (3304) led the way for Milton in the Class AAAAAA boys’ race at the state cross country meet in Carrollton last Saturday.
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Preston Meade (3304) led the way for Milton in the Class AAAAAA boys’ race at the state cross country meet in Carrollton last Saturday.
The Blessed Trinity girls won their first state championship in seven years as they clinched the Class AAA title at the GHSA state cross country championships in Carrollton last Saturday.

Blessed Trinity scored 39 points to finish atop of the AAA girls standings, finishing ahead of runner-up St. Pius X (53) to win its first state girls’ cross country crown since 2006.

“I am deeply thankful to have such an amazing team, willing to sacrifice so much and endure the agony of competing at such a high level,” Blessed Trinity coach Ken Haughey said.

“I will remember this race to the end of my days and relish the memory as one of the best in my life.”

Anna Gandolfo led the Titans with a third-place finish and a time of 20 minutes, 4.1 seconds, with teammate Bailey Willett placing fifth at 20:23.61.

It was also a successful day for the Blessed Trinity boys, who finished fourth with 128 points in the AAA boys’ team standings – placing behind champion St. Pius X (26), runner-up North Hall (46) and third-place Woodward (82).

Blessed Trinity’s Matt Munns finished runner-up individually in the AAA boys’ race with a time of 16:39.21 to place behind champion Austin Sprague of St. Pius (16:08.37). Milton also enjoyed a good day in the Class AAAAAA boys’ race with a 10th-place finish in the team standings. Preston Meade and Jack Bluth led the way for the Eagles, with Meade finishing 34th (17:26.97) and Bluth 35th (17:28.54).

“It was a big deal for us as we were not predicted to be at the meet,” Milton community coach Andy Carr said.

“We proved that a team effort, with no finishers in the top 30, can produce a high team finish.”

Centennial finished 16th in the AAAAAA boys’ team standings, while Roswell – led by Brandon Tardiff’s (17:23.48) 31st-place finish -- was 18th. In the AAAAAA girls’ race, Roswell finished 10th and Centennial was 13th.

Roswell’s Rachel Van Amburgh finished 13th individually with a time of 19:48.51, while teammate Erin Gant (19:52.09) was 16th. Mount Pisgah Christian’s Shane Sullivan finished third individually with a time of 17:10.98, while Fellowship placed 11th in the Class A private school boys’ race.

Fellowship’s Emma Grace Hurley finished fifth with a time of 19:42.60 in the Class A private school girls’ race. Mount Pisgah Christian finished 11th in the Class A private school girls’ team standings, with Fellowship placing 14th.

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