Bowie races to third-place finish at state meet

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 9, 2015

By Kevin Eckleberry

CARROLLTON – LaGrange High’s Sam Bowie put the wraps on a superb senior season with a third-place performance at the state cross-country meet in Carrollton on Saturday.

Bowie and all of the runners had to deal with a muddy, sloppy 3.1-mile course, and it was Jake Shewbert of Flowery Branch taking the top spot in Class AAAAA with a time of 16 minutes, 49 seconds.

Colton Page of Allatoona (16:54) was second, and Bowie (16:59) was next across the finish line.

Bowie had a phenomenal season that included a region championship, a victory in the at&t Starr’s Mill meet that featured some of the state’s top runners, and finally a spot on the podium at the state meet.

LaGrange’s Alaina Tomlinson, who also had a fantastic season that included a region title, capped her season with a 16th-place finish at the state meet.

For the LaGrange boys’ team, Colby Scott (20:01) was the next runner behind Bowie, and he was followed by Colby Scott (20:01), Reed Henderson (21:11), Joshua Turman (21:37), Kadarius McCauley (21:47), Collin Taylor (21:52) and Drew Morgan (22:40).

On the girls’ side, Tomlinson completed the course in a time of 21:26 to earn her 16th-place finish.

Ellie Doerr (26:49) was next for LaGrange, and she was followed by Brianna Stansbury (26:52), Avery Bakarich (27:25), Audrey Tomlinson (27:58), Emily Bakarich (29:35) and Mary Beth Callaway (29:45).

Both of Callaway’s teams competed in the Class AAA state meet.

The Callaway girls’ team was led by Sierra Jones (26:55), and the team’s other runners were Mackenzie Scott (27:28), Lindsey Cho (28:33), Judy Kim (28:35), Taylor Townsend (29:19), Megan Scott (29:28) and Stefany Park (31:59).

Chase Drake (22:10) paced the Callaway boys’ team, and he was followed by Gabe Liranzo (22:12), Ian Daughtery (22:30), Kaine Pike (22:47), Hayden Taylor (23:37), Dylan Mowery (24:34) and Henry Hetzel (25:32).

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