CARROLLTON — Etowah came away with a fifth-place finish in the Class AAAAAAA girls team standings on the final day of the Georgia High School Association Cross Country Championships at Carrollton High School on Saturday.
With a total of 196 points, the Lady Eagles placed behind champion Marietta (88), runner-up Hillgrove (94), third-place South Forsyth (177) and fourth-place Harrison (179) to fall short of a spot on the awards podium.
It is the Etowah girls first top-10 team finish at the state meet since 2015, when the Lady Eagles placed 10th in Class AAAAAA.
Woodstock was the only other Cherokee County team to place in the Class AAAAAAA standings, finishing 16th with 379 points.
Leading the way for the Etowah girls was Makenna Calbert, who finished seventh individually with a time of 19:51.
Calbert is the first Lady Eagles’ runner to place in the top 10 individually at the state meet since Emily McNutt finished fifth in Class AAAAA in 2009.
It was a dramatic improvement for the junior over her first two state meet performances, finishing 30th as a freshman in 2018 and 28th as a sophomore.
Calbert was one of three Lady Eagles in the top 50, with Abbie Kallbreier (21:04) finishing 45th and Natalie Calbert (21:11) placing 47th.
Cherokee’s Lily Cincola (43rd, 21:03) and Woodstock’s Ella Bailey (49th, 21:11) were the only other local runners to place in the top 50 in the Class AAAAAAA race.
South Forsyth’s Carmel Yonas won the girls individual title with a time of 18:34, while Gainesville’s Ashley Thompson (19:05) was second and Denmark’s Morgan Grace Sheffield (19:44) placed third.
In the boys Class AAAAAAA competition, Etowah was the only local team to place in the team standings with a 15th-place finish and 351 points.
Woodstock’s Joseph Mines was the top Cherokee County boys finisher with a 23rd-place finish and a time of 17:09, while Etowah’s Dru Moore (17:11) was close behind in 25th place and Cherokee’s Dominick DeLillo (17:21) was 33rd.
Marietta (99) won the team title, while Harrison (116) was runner-up, Norcross (128) was third and Denmark (145) placed fourth.
Marietta’s Kamari Miller won the individual title in the boys race with a time of 15:29, while Harrison’s Sully Shelton (16:07) was the runner-up and Milton’s Hayden Marshall (16:16) finished third.