Following days of rain, Saturday's GHSA State Cross Country Championships resembled more of a steeplechase than anything.  With soft ground across the course, 2,537 runners converged on the beautiful campus of Carrollton City Schools for a shot at glory.  The schedule included 14 races with most calling over 200 runners to their marks.

Coach Eric Simmons was excited to have both Men's and Women's squads qualify for the State Meet. Before the races, Simmons said, "Getting both teams into the State Meet is big for our program.  It gets us one more race, gets us some more experience and helps us grow our program."

Our Trojan men, looking for a Top 10 to finish out a strong year, arrived ready to go.  For our Trojan Women, getting back to the State Meet was the goal when the season began.  When it was all over, the Trojan men were just seven points from a coveted Top 10 spot.  Sophomore stalwart Donald Sener led the Trojan men to the finish line finishing 50th in the state and in the Top 10 among the two younger grades.  Yassah Dudley led the Trojan women to a Top 25 team finish, as the Lady Trojans finished 21st as a team.

Post race, Coach Simmons seemed pleased all the way around. "For the men, although we came up one team place short of our goal, I am extremely proud of the way we competed.  The conditions were tough.  We were able to send our three seniors, Tristin McEwen, Samuel Campbell and Patrick Morgan off in a way they can be proud of."

When talking about the Trojan women, Simmons was equally pleased. "We are proud of the way our women competed to get here.  Each woman committed to make momumental improvements that paved the way for us.  We will miss Zavannah Brown as she graduates, but our youth can take us places in the years to come.  We earned some experience here and I expect us to grow from here."


Trojan Women Finishers and Times

Yassah Dudley Soph. 24:19
Zavannah Brown   Sr. 25:36
Sara Momtahan Jr. 25:44
Macey Loveless Jr. 27:46
Landrey Dixon Jr. 27:59
Bethany Blackman Fr. 28:16
Maddy Rakestraw Fr. 28:22 


Trojan Men Finishers and Times

Donald Senor Soph.   19:01
Samuel Campbell   Sr.     19:20 
Patrick Morgan Sr.  19:29
Austin Griffies Fresh. 19:31
Tristin McEwen Sr. 19:33
Chase Griffin Jr. 20:15
Luke Shilling Soph. 20:26