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The cross-country invades Chattahoochee Hills

Phyllis Tsarnas-Valadao

East Coweta’s Houston Hamby had a finish time of 15:34.

When the week started, the Asics Invitational scheduled for Saturday at the Chattahoochee Hills Event Course looked uncertain. Hurricane Ian appeared to be rolling into the Atlanta area and jeopardizing all weekend outdoor activities.

However, the storm turned to the east and local distance runners took advantage of a picturesque fall morning to compete.

Riders from East Coweta, Newnan and Trinity Christian joined in the fun, with the boys from Trinity Christian achieving the top result, a fourth place finish in the Boys 1A-4A division.

Seven boys raced for Trinity Christian, with Preston Ziobro the top finisher in eighth place with a time of 17:01. Daniel Koelbl was the next Lion with a 20th place finish. Emma Kate Douglas led the Trinity Christian girls with an 18th place finish.

For East Coweta, Houston Hamby clocked the fastest time with a 15:34 finish, followed by Alec Strapp at 16:39. The Indian men’s team finished 33rd overall. The Lady Indians found a 21st place finish behind their best performer, Emily Thrailkill, at 19:34.

The Newnan boys came in with a 29th place finish. Chase Beck was their best performance with a time of 16:12. Grace Ospahl clocked the Lady Cougars best time of 19:48 to finish in 74th place out of 267.

Newnan, Trinity Christian and Northgate will compete next week in the Atlanta Classic hosted by Chapel Hill High School. Also on the horizon is the Coweta County Championship which will take place on Saturday 15th October.