The Riverside Military Academy cross country team qualified for the state championship meet with a third-place finish in the Region 8-AA meet it hosted Wednesday in Gainesville.
Lexx Joya led the Eagles with a third place individual finish with a time of 18 minutes, 12 seconds, and his teammate Evan Soggs took ninth place overall (18:53).
Union County earned both the boys and girls title for Region 8-AA.
The Panthers girls took the first two overall spots with Julia Lindsey winning the race (22:04) and Emma Garrison second (22:05). The top runner for the Union County boys was Lance Underwood, who took second overall (17:15). Arthur Porter of Greene County won the boys race (17:13).
Also qualifying for state on the boys side were second-place Social Circle and fourth-place Greene County. Rabun County placed second in the girls’ race, followed by Social Circle and Oglethorpe County.
The all-classification state meet is Nov. 8 in Carrollton.