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Paulding runners compete at state meet
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
November 13, 2013 11:51 AM | 964 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Marcel Pourtout<br>Hiram sophomore cross country Logan Williams warms up during practice last week.
Staff / Marcel Pourtout
Hiram sophomore cross country Logan Williams warms up during practice last week.
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Prep runners from Paulding County were strongly represented at the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) cross country meet in Carrollton last weekend with performers from North Paulding, Hiram and East Paulding present in the boys’ and girls’ races in Class AAAAA.

In the boys’ race, senior Jacob Robinson of Hiram finished 13th overall out of 230 runners, posting a time of 17:06.80. Robinson, coming off the Region 5-AAAAA individual title on Nov. 2, concluded his 2013 campaign with three wins. The Hornets placed 22nd in the team competition with senior Joseph Rendon and junior Derick Kinyanjui finishing among the top-100 runners. Brian Henley and Logan Williams also scored for Hiram.

“Our team ran really hard at the state meet and capped off a great season,” Hiram head coach Russell Brand said. “We made progress this year looking forward to building on our success with our returning runners.”

The North Paulding boys’ team finished sixth with all seven individually scored runners placing in the top 100. Senior Cory Hancock (17:29.02) and junior Adam Cook (17.44:88) earned 23rd and 40th respectively for the Wolfpack.

East Paulding junior Christian Nix earned a spot in the race individually and posted a time of 18:01.62, placing the Raider in 64th place.

The fastest Paulding runner in the girls’ race was East Paulding’s Alyssa Sheffield, who finished the race in 20:34.88, good enough for 15th overall out of 220 runners. The state meet followed up Sheffield’s second-place finish in the region meet. The Raiders placed 22nd in the state team competition.

Wolfpack freshman Natalie Coolidge’s time of 21:47.96 placed her 58th in the individual standings and paced the North Paulding girls’ team to a 14th place finish. Ashley Taylor (21:55.42), Stephanie Peters (21:57.46) and Alejandria Oliviares (22:09.57) each finished among the top 80 runners.



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