The Carrollton High School boys' cross country team delivered a strong performance as the host of the Carrollton Orthopedic Invitational on Saturday morning, finishing in second place overall in the Class AAAA-AAAAA competition.
The Trojans tallied a team score of 118, trailing only private school power Pace Academy (61) in the 27-team event, led by the 1-2 punch of Collin Jones and Joshua Beam.
Jones turned in a third-place individual finish in a time of 17 minutes and 26.02 seconds, while Beam was right on his heels in fifth (17:50.44).
Rounding out the top-five finishers for Carrollton were Austin Griffies in 28th (19:12.95), Nathan Rosencrance in 36th (19:21.45) and Brayan Cortez in 46th (19:37.35).
Trojan head coach Ronnie Glanton was proud of the performance from his squad in representing the Black and Gold at a high level on Saturday.
"I thought it was great. We come out and all week we talked about this course is going to be one of the hardest courses they run all year," Glanton said. "They've worked hard all year long and we're just taking it one mile at a time. They were very pleased with their times."
Central placed 18th in the AAAA-AAAAA race with 520 team points paced by Nicholas Potts in 86th (20:44.46), while Brenden Slater came in 94th (20:58.78), Sidney Stone finished 95th (21:00.60), Duncan Munro came in 122nd (22:07.90) and Austin Bennett placed 125th (22:16.65).
On the girls' side, the Lady Trojans placed 11th out of 20 teams at 270 points with McIntosh dominating the event with a team score of 17. Central came in 16th with 473 points.
Carrollton was powered by Elizabeth Aguilera with a 13th-place individual finish (22:26.63), followed by Annika Trotter in 44th (24:50.86), Audrey Best in 58th (25:14.66), Sam Peavey in 84th (26:51.58) and Sophie Naguszewski in 87th (26:59.94).
Glanton was also encouraged by the way his girls ran with Aguilera continuing to lead the charge this fall.
"We've been talking about running your first mile, then running faster in your second mile and faster in the third. She was close to doing that (Saturday) and she's very excited about that," Glanton said of Aguilera. "Elizabeth, Annika and Audrey all did a great job. The other two were also working with a plan that we set out and they've done a good job of following that plan."
For the Lady Lions, Abby Cook was the top finisher in 72nd (26:20.16), followed by Madeline Potts in 88th (27:08.62), Cadie Kilgore in 114th (28:28.32), Madelyn Hull in 124th (29:37.82) and Madelynn Heuer in 129th (30:14.59).