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North Hall runner carries home Class 3A state title in cross country
Devan Crow
North Hall's Devan Crow crosses the finish line first in the Class 3A state championship race Saturday in Carrollton.
Saturday was a big day for North Hall cross-country — and particularly for top Trojan runner Devan Crow. Crow crossed the finish line at Carrolton High School with a time of 16:19.19, good enough for a first-place individual finish at the 2018 GHSA Class 4A State Cross-Country Meet.
Less than 30 seconds later, teammate Andrew Jones completed the race, solidifying a fourth-place individual finish of his own. As a team, the North Hall boys team came in third in Class 4A. About an hour later, the girls team joined them on the podium with a fourth-place finish — paced by Elissa Oliver who came in 20th individually.
“It was very emotional, me winning first and our teams, boys taking third and girls taking fourth,” Crow said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better end to the season.”
The top four finishes from both teams at the state meet caps off a season in which the Trojans have found regular success, winning county and region titles as a team leading up to the state meet.
“This was a great season for North Hall cross-country,” Crow said. “It’s one that will be looked back on as special in the years to come.”
North Hall’s boys and girls both finished higher than any other Hall County teams at the state meet.
Class A
Riverside Military Academy’s boys team finished 13th in Class A Private. The Eagles were paced by Vito Knoop and Adamu Aliyu, who finished less than a second apart from each other to take 56th and 58th individually.
Class AAAA
The Flowery Branch boys team came in 11th overall, thanks in large part to Collin Kilgore’s top 10 performance. Kilgore finished with a time of 17:01.35 to take seventh.
On the girls side, the Falcons were led by Hannah Grainger’s 17th-place finish en route to taking eighth overall as a team.
Chestatee’s Luke Gaddis raced individually, finishing in 12th.
The Buford boys team placed 11th behind Bayley Hunters 35th-place effort. Johnson finished close behind the Wolves at 13th thanks in large part to Louis Alvarado and Juan Gomez, who finished 25th and 49th respectively.
The Johnson girls team came in 21st, with Taylor Farmer leading the way at 68th individually.

Gainesville’s boys team got a top 20 finish from Miguel Lopez — who came in 17th — and finished seventh as a team. The girls were led by Ashley Thompson’s 23rd individual finish, coming in 12th place as a team.

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