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High school scoreboard: Union County sweeps at Region 8-AA cross country meet
Underwood, Garrison individual champions for Panthers in Gainesville
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The Union County girls and boys cross country teams swept the Region 8-AA championships Wednesday afternoon at Riverside Military Academy.

Union County sophomore Lance Underwood finished in first place for the boys race at the meet with a time of 17:39.7. 

Union County senior Emma Garrison (21:25.6) was the first to finish in the girls’ race.

The Panthers boys team won the Region 8-AA title with 35 points, while Social Circle (69) and Riverside (72) rounded out the top three.  Union County’s girls’ team won the region title with 28 points, while Social Circle (47) and Rabun County (52) earned second and third places, respectively.

Tj Hargrove finished in second place behind Underwood with a time of 18:20.0, while Brent Lowery (19:17.4), Sean Kelleher (20:14.3) and Yechu Wang (20:15.7) all finished in the top 20 for the Riverside boys.

Union County’s Emmi Schakat (22:27.7), Stephanie Busse (23:05.9), Sage Royston (23:24.1), Anna Danek (24:06.4), Destiny Orellana (24:35.2) and Erika Clause (24:50.9 all finished in the top 15 of the girls’ race.

The Oglethorpe County girls placed fourth to also secure a spot in the state meet.

The state championship meet for cross country is Nov. 7 at Carrollton Middle School.

High school scores can be reported by 10:30 each night by calling 770-718-3415 or emailing

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