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Chestatee, White County both qualify boys, girls teams for cross country state meet
War Eagles' boys finish third at 7-4A meet, while girls' team finished fourth
Jaelen Alexander

The Chestatee High and White County cross country programs qualified both the boys’ and girls’ programs for state as a result of a top-four finish at the Region 7-4A meet at Unicoi State Park on Wednesday in Helen. The Chestatee boys took third overall, while the White County girls were fourth. 

In the girls’ race, the Lady Warriors earned third place and the Lady War Eagles took fourth overall. 

For the Chestatee boys, Edwin Amaya was sixth overall and Jesus Reyes was ninth to cross the finish line. In the girls race, White County’s Jaelen Alexander was sixth overall and Rachel Gearing took ninth place. 

Marist was champion in the boys and girls race. 

Pacing the Marist boys were individual champion William O’Reilly (15 minutes, 46 seconds) and runner-up Leif Andersen (15:54). The Marist boys had five of the top eight finishers. 

For the Marist girls, Josie Wirtz was individual champion (18:13) and runner-up Kathleen Malley (18:33).

Four of the top five finishers in the girls race were from Marist. 

Blessed Trinity took second place in both races. 

Leading the way for the Titans’ boys were Brennan O’Conner (third overall, 15:55) and Matthew Lubert (fifth overall, 16:05).

For the Blessed Trinity girls, Emma Rose Bagwell was third overall (19:06).

The state championship meet for all classifications is Nov. 3-4 at Carrollton High.

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