LOVEJOY — The Forest Park girls and boys cross country teams swept the Clayton County Cross Country Championships held Wednesday at Lovejoy Regional Park.

“Our athletes made the Clayton County Championship a goal back in August,” said head coach Arnold Butler. “They made a promise to the coaching staff and themselves that they would work as hard as possible to make their dream of becoming a champion a reality.”

“Coach (Harold) Butts and I are extremely proud of our team and hope that this victory will inspire our runners to do even better at the region championship,” he finished.

Girls

The Forest Park Lady Panthers came in first place in the girls event with a low team score of 46. Jennifer Quintero led the Lady Panthers with a third-place finish of 25:43. Stephanie Escobar came in fourth place at 25:44, while Jessica Avitia crossed the finish line in ninth place at 27:24.10.

The Morrow Lady Mustangs finished second as a team with a team score of 52. Taylor Jones led all county runners with a time of 24:19.80. Adaya Alexander came in fifth overall with a time of 26:19.60.

Drew finished third as a team with a team score of 66. Arianna Sulton came in second place overall with a time of 24:33, while Jade Batiste (sixth place) and Jessica Marshall (seventh place) each finished in the top 10.

Angel Stringer came in 10 place overall to lead the Mount Zion Lady Bulldogs to a fourth place team finish. Kimoni Dixon placed eighth overall for the North Clayton Lady Eagles, who came in fifth place as a team.

Jonesboro Renee Wood finished in 12th place overall to top the Jonesboro Lady Cardinals. Briana Margras finshed as Lovejoy’s top finisher in 15th place. Briana Redfearn led Riverdale with 20th-place finish, while Destiny McMillan topped Mundy’s Mill by coming in 28th place.

Boys

Forest Park finished off its sweep at the county championships with a first-place team score of 27. Senior Joel Salgado finished second overall with a time of 19:10.50, sophomore Javier Castillo came in third place overall with a time of 19:51.70, senior Jose Monroy crossed the finish line in fourth place overall with a time of 20:00.05 and sophomore Khalil Floyd finished fifth overall at 20:20.50.

Sophomore Gabriel Peacock led Morrow’s effort, finishing first overall with a time of 19:08.40. Sophomore Christian Jarvis came in sixth place with a time of 20:29.60. Timothy Boyd added to Morrow’s team score of 42 by finishing 10th overall at 20:49.20.

Riverdale came in third place with a team score of 108. Sophomore Denzel Bell came in seventh place with a time of 20:40.30 and senior Terrence Bush finished in eighth place with a time of 20:44.70.

Junior Jason Rudolph came in 15th place for fourth-place Mount Zion. Rudolph finished with a time of 21:56. Senior Miles Mitchell came in 13th place with a time of 20:53.60 for Jonesboro, while senior Maurice Blackmon finished 13th at 21:00.40 for North Clayton.

Junior Keland Patridge was Mundy’s Mill’s top finisher in 25th place. John Wigall led the Drew Titans with a ninth-place finish at 20:48.40.

Luke Strickland is the sports editor of the Clayton News in Jonesboro and the Henry Herald in McDonough. He went to school at the University of Georgia.

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