Marist Girls Dominate, Etowah Boys Claim Narrow Win at Double Dip
Marist was business as usual protecting their home turf scoring 48 points besting a strong effort by West Forsyth and South Forsyth. The War Eagles placed 4 girls in the top 10 including Individual Champ Morgan Ilse (18:45) Josie Wirtz 7th in 20:11, Caitie Faust 9th (20:19) and Kendall Nelson 10th (20:28) It was a great battle for the next 3 team places as West Forsyth supported their ranking over South Forsyth by a narrow margin of 3 points..Liz Galarza paced West with a 4th place finish at 19:42 while South was led by junior Savannah Carnahan taking 2nd in 18:59 and teamate Kaylee DuPont 6th in 19:58. 2A Lovett was strong yet again placing 4th as a team led by 2A ROW (ending 9-6) Serena Tripodi taking 3rd in 19:38. Kingsley Green of Etowah rounded out the top 5 crossing in 19:49
The 'Rabbit' had a tough day on DD keeping ahead of the likes of Ilse, Carnahan and company Image by Kevin Carnahan
Morgan Ilse tries to gap Savannah Carnahan coming down a steep hill after the Dips Image by Kevin Carnahan
Marist's Girls pose for another 1st place Team Awards shot at Double Dip. Image by Kevin Carnahan
The Varsity Boys team race was a real barnburner as just 11 points separated the top 4 schools! Etowah's Eagles reigned on this day as they were just a little deeper than runnerup West Forsyth today eeking out a 2 point win. Having their top 4 in the top 21 spots was a difference maker led by the 8th place effort of Michael Perona in 17:11. Junior John Green of West Forsyth followed up his 8th overall at the Stage Races with a crazy performance at Double Dip taking the lead and extending it over a talented field and hung on for the win in 16:43 leading West to their runnerup team finish. Teamate Brian Skoglind's 7th place finish in 17:06 was key as well. Woodward Academy was 3rd as a team led by Alex Murfee's 5th place performance of 16:58. South Forsyth was 5 points back led by Ryan Peppenhorst's 10th place finish. Frank Pittman gave the home folks something to cheer for almost catching Green taking 2nd in 16:45, and rounding out the top 5 were Spencer Fields of Darlington (16:55) and Lakeside DK's Davis Stockwell in 4th clocking a 16:58.
John Green from West Forsyth stretches his lead on the downhill over Marist's Frank Pittman Image by Kevin Carnahan
Etowah had their finest race of the 2014 season seizing the team title at Double Dip Image by Kevin Carnahan