The 2012 season has been a tough one for both the Panther and Jaguar girls and boys teams.
Lithia Springs managed to field a boys and girls team but are heading into Saturday’s competition ranked eighth out of 10 teams on the boys side in the 5-AAAAAA region and ninth out of nine teams on the girls side.
New Manchester’s season has been just as tough. The Jaguar boys are currently placed 10th out of 10 teams in the 5-AAAAA region and were not able to field a full team on the girls side.
However, all that could change in one race as early season results do not matter in a one-meet take all sport such as cross country.
The Lithia boys will be lead in the region meet by their top runner, Jesus Murillo. Murillo’s best time of the season was 18:35.58, which places him 39th among all runners in the region. Rounding out the top seven runners for the Lions in 2012 are Weston Rohling (18:54.69, 48th), Kory Burns (20:00.80, 63rd), Caleb Peppers (20:09.53, 66th), Sergio Ruiz (20:25.91, 71st), Luis Vazquez (21:26.48, 79th), and Alex Nichols (21:42.58, 81st).
The New Manchester boys are lead by Malik Hearst, who has a season best time of 19:28.34, placing him 57th in the region individually. The Jaguars top runners this year are Daquante’ Pearson (19:28.66, 58th), Orlandis Early (19:33.09, 59th), Adarius Hampton (25:25.19, 84th), Nicholas Douglas (26:01.00, 85th), and Emmanuel Qkim (29:12.00 (86th)
North Paulding and Allatoona will be the teams to beat in the 5-AAAAA boys race. North Paulding is led by Callen Smith, who has a second individual best time of 17:03.51. Allatoona is led by Wesley Trussell (17:05.93, 3rd).
The top individual runner, Michael Williams, comes from the fourth ranked team, South Paulding. Williams is the only sub 17 minute runner in the field with a best time of 16:47.16. Rounding out the region in order are East Pauliding, Hiram, Woodland, Villa Rica, Lithia, Paulding, and New Manchester.
In the girls competition, Lithia Springs will be led by Angelica Henderson, who has a 55th individual time of 24:33.00. Rounding out the rest of the Lady Lion top runners are Cyntrecia Anderson (25:42.00, 62nd), Monique Harris (26:22.00, 65th), Shekinah Henderson (26:50.00, 68th), Corinna Milner (27:09.00, 70th), Olanike Oyedpo (28:10.83, 72nd), and Jakarla Hill (28:29.59, 74th).
East Paulding has blown away the field in the girls 5-AAAAA region as a team and are led by Lilly Kidane, who is the second fastest runner in the region with a time of 18:57.15.
Second ranked Allatoona boasts the top runner in Emily Dunn. Dunn’s fastest race was clocked at 18:47.47.
Rounding out the top teams in the region in order for the girls are Rome, Villa Rica, Woodland, South Paulding, Paulding, Hiram, and Lithia.
The varsity races for the 5-AAAAA region will start at 10:30 a.m. White Oaks Park is located on 298 Mustang Drive, Dallas, Ga. 30132.