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Southland varsity Cross Country sweeps Loganville tourney

From STAFF REPORTS

LOGANVILLE – The Southland Academy Varsity Cross Country teams swept the Loganville Christian Academy Lions Invitational on Saturday, August 22.  The teams competing included the host team Loganville, along with Dominion Christian, Atlanta Girls School, Oak Mountain Academy, Briarwood, Trinity Christian of Sharpsburg, Griffin Christian, John Milledge Academy, Crosspointe Christian Academy, the Howard School, Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School, and the Newroc Rockets Youth Track Club.
Southland’s Wright Calhoun was the overall meet winner with a time of 17:10. Other top finishers for the Raider men were Billy Calcutt in third place, Brian Miller with an eighth place finish, and Ridge Roland in ninth place. Stephen Taggart was the fifth man, finishing 18th.
The Raiders edged Trinity Christian of Sharpsburg by three points to take the team title.
In the women’s race, The Lady Raiders dominated the field with five of the top 10 runners.
Chris Shattles led the way for the Lady Raiders, finishing as the meet runner-up. She was followed closely by Sydney Hayes in fourth place, Ryleigh Bell in fifth, Calyn Fort in sixth, and Paisley Greene in 10th place.
The Lady Raiders defeated second-place Trinity Christian of Sharpsburg by 29 points.
The Middle School girls also won, with four runners in the top ten. Jadie Burrell took third place honors while Reese Roland finished in fifth place. Elizabeth Law took sixth and Georgia Torbert finished in seventh place. Maddie Crisp, who finished 13th, completed the scoring.
The Middle School boys took second place, being edged by Trinity Christian of Sharpsburg by six points.
They were led by Gray Torbert, who finished fourth, and Tanner Humphrey, who came in 10th.  Conner Cloer finishedin 14th place, John Henry Crisp took 26th, and Will Toms completed the scoring with a 27th-place finish.
All four teams head to Nash Farm Battlefield in Hampton this on August 29 for the 70-team Battle of Atlanta.

Lady Raider Cross Country runners display the team’s award after the tournament. From left; Sydney Hayes, Ryleigh Bell, Paisley Greene, Chris Shattles, Calyn Fort and Lilli Dickens.

Lady Raider Cross Country runners display the team’s award after the tournament. From left; Sydney Hayes, Ryleigh Bell, Paisley Greene, Chris Shattles, Calyn Fort and Lilli Dickens.