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Pace, Westminster, St. Pius, Marist win state titles
by Greg Oshust
November 14, 2013 09:32 AM | 1437 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>
From left, Jilly Paul, Katie Williamson, Emilia Tripodi and Julia Ross helped lead Pace to the Class A private school girls' cross country championship at the state meet in Carrollton last Saturday.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
From left, Jilly Paul, Katie Williamson, Emilia Tripodi and Julia Ross helped lead Pace to the Class A private school girls' cross country championship at the state meet in Carrollton last Saturday.
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The Pace girls won their first state cross country championship in 20 years as they claimed the Class A private school title at the GHSA state cross country championships in Carrollton last Saturday.

Pace’s girls squad was joined on the victory podium by Westminster (AA boys and girls), St. Pius X (AAA boys) and Marist (AAAA boys and girls).

In the Class A girls’ private school race, Pace placed six of it seven runners in the top 50 to score 99 points and finish 17 points ahead of runner-up Providence Christian (117) to claim its first state girls’ team title since 1993. Holy Innocents’ finished sixth.

Galloway’s Reilly Friedman was the winner in the Class A private school competition as he won the boys’ race with a time of 16 minutes, 29.80 seconds to win his second consecutive title – finishing about 32 seconds ahead of runner-up Robby Keough of Whitefield (17:01.25).

Holy Innocents’ was the top local team in the Class A private school boys’ team standings, earning a spot on the awards podium with a fourth-place showing.

Atlanta International's Helen Williams finished third individually in the Class A private school girls' race with a time of 19:15.03, placing behind champion Kathryn Foreman of Landmark Christian (18:42.18) and runner-up Taylor Tuttle of Providence Christian (18:51.97).

Westminster won its sixth boys’ state championship in a row as it captured the AA title – scoring 34 points to 23 points ahead of runner-up Wesleyan (57). Lovett (165) also earned a place on the awards podium with a fourth-place finish.

Jordan Flowers led the Wildcat charge to the team title with his second individual state crown in three years, running 17:22.76.

Westminster also came away with a share of the AA girls' title after finishing tied for first with Wesleyan at 44 points each. Lovett (61) also finished on the awards podium with a third-place finish.

Lovett’s Serena Tripodi (19:47.38) finished runner up individually to Union County’s Emma Garrison (19:10.53).

St. Pius won its fourth AAA boys’ championship in row, scoring 26 points to finish ahead of runner-up North Hall (46), with Woodward (82) finishing third. St. Pius' Austin Sprague repeated as boys’ individual champion with a time of 16:08.37.

The St. Pius girls also earned a spot on the awards podium with a runner-up finish in the AAA girls’ race, scoring 53 points to champion Blessed Trinity’s 38. Woodward (100) was third among the AAA girls.

Marist made a clean sweep of the AAAA team titles, with the girls scoring 22 points to win in dominating fashion over runner-up Heritage of Catoosa (98) and the boys accumulating 53 points to win over LaGrange (75). The War Eagles also swept the AAAA individual crowns, with Daniel Navarro (16:13.12) winning the boys’ championship and Morgan Ilse (18:53) claiming the girls’ title. North Atlanta put together a strong showing with a sixth-place finish in the AAAAA girls’ team standings.
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