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Woodstock senior Dillon Watson runs final stretch of 2021 Cherokee County Cross Country Championship.

Two teams separated themselves from the pack on a thick, foggy morning in Canton on Saturday. Sequoyah won the girls’ race, while Etowah just snuck away with a one-point edge over Sequoyah in the boys’ event.

A hotly contested boys’ race came down to barely over one second separating Etowah junior Dru Moore as the winner over Creekview senior Bryson Gates. Moore finished with a time of 15 minutes, 59.40 seconds. Gates came in behind him at 16:00.50.

The Eagles had three finishers in the top-10, as junior Matthew Hall came in fifth at 16:19.70, and junior Andrew Balough finished at 16:22.10. Sequoyah’s top three finishers came in fourth, seventh and eleventh. The Chiefs’ top finisher was Josh Helms at 16:16.20.

The first four finishers from the boys’ race were all from different schools, with the first three coming across within four seconds. After Moore and Gates, Woodstock senior Dillon Watson finished at 16:03.50, followed by another senior, Sequoyah’s Josh Helms, at 16:16.20.

Etowah finished the meet with 49 points from its top five scorers, with Sequoyah sitting only one point behind at 50. The Eagles’ average time was 16:44 for the race, with the Chiefs’ actually clocking in four seconds faster with a 16:40 average. Creekview was the next-highest finisher at 63, followed by Woodstock with 84 points.

On the girls’ side, Sequoyah took the win in convincing fashion with a score of 41, compared to the next-highest finisher, Etowah, and its 53 points. The difference in Sequoyah’s win was the four runners coming across in a row at places five through eight.

Junior Ella Grace Cothren was the top finisher for the Lady Chiefs at 20:02.70, followed closely by senior Susanna Rogers at 20:04.60. Sequoyah’s Rylee Fisher came next and was one of only two sophomores in the top-15 places.

River Ridge senior Cayden Crismon was the overall winner of the girls’ race, crossing the line in 19:22.80. Cherokee senior was second at 19:36.70, with Etowah’s Meg Lance coming through at 19:49.70 in her senior county meet.

Sequoyah finished its win at the county meet with a 20:17 average through its first five runners. Etowah followed with a 20:31 average time. On the scoreboard, Creekview and River Ridge came in third and fourth, respectively, with 92 points each.

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