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Local teams, runners could be among cross country contenders

There will be eight teams from the Southern Crescent trying to capture the area's first cross country championships this weekend in Carrollton.

The Southern Crescent has never had a team to win a state cross country championship, but will be well represented when the respective classification championships begin Saturday morning at Carrollton High School.

Eagle's Landing boys and Luella girls captured region championships last weekend during their respective region championships.

The Golden Eagles are led by senior Zach Sims, who has been one of the top runners in the state this season. Two weeks ago, he won the individual county championship.

Eagle's Landing is expected to be among the top team in the classification, which includes St. Pius, West Hall, Oconee Academy, and Woodward Academy. The Class AAA boys finals start at 11:30 a.m. with the girls race at noon.

Dacosta Smith of Union Grove is hopeful in leading the Wolverines to a high finish at the Class AAAA championships, which start at 1 p.m. Chapel Hill, out of Douglasville, is considered the favorite in this classification.

In the state's highest classification, Luella is led by junior Emily Roemer, who won the Region 2-AAAAA individual title while leading the Lady Lions to the region title. The school's boys team was second with senior Tanner Thomason finishing in fifth place at the region meet.

The AAAAA boys meet starts at 10 a.m. with the girls to follow at 10:30 p.m.

--Derrick Mahone