Just one week after setting a personal best in Cary, North Carolina, Woodland junior McKenna Trapheagen beat her fastest-ever cross country time Saturday in the Coach Wood Invitational at McIntosh Nature Preserve.
Trapheagen placed fourth individually in a blistering 17:59.08. The 5k mark was more than 19 seconds faster than she ran the Great American Cross Country Festival the previous Saturday.
Thanks in large part to Trapheagen, Woodland finished fourth as a team in the highly competitive championship event. The only teams to top the Wildcats were some of the state’s best — Marist, Marietta and South Forsyth.
Woodland’s five scorers all placed in the top 67. Tess Cochran finished 22nd in 19 minutes, 7.33 seconds; Rylee Evans crossed in 19 minutes, 40.44 seconds, good enough for 42nd; Baylee Evans (19:47.59) was just over seven seconds back in 54th; and Carli Clymer rounded out the scoring in just under 20 minutes.
Although her time didn’t count for the team score, Cheyenne Spinks (20:20.55) placed a more-than-solid 79th out of 282 runners.
Some members of the Woodland JV squad — Erica Boatner (135th, 21:11.11), Marlee Bowles (155th, 21:24.43), Avery Hull (217th, 22:09.03) and Mackenzie Stephenson (248th, 23:04.97) — posted good showings, as well.
Woodland’s boys placed fifth in the varsity race. John Shropshire was just outside the top 10 in 12th, crossing in 17 minutes, 7.88 seconds. He finished a little over two seconds behind the seventh-place runner.
Dylan Stermer also shined, placing 20th in 17 minutes, 29.77 seconds; John Forsyth finished 35th in just under 18 minutes; Patrick Bollwerk (18:32.03) came in 65th; and Kobe Cochran (18:35.71) completed the Wildcats’ scores with a 70th-place finish.
Reece Mitchell finished just inside the top 100 in the 215-person race. His 19 minute, 3.55 second time was good enough for 99th.
As with the girls race, Woodland had several JV runners compete in Gabe Shephard (106th, 19:10.11), Ian Van Order (112th, 19:18.33), McKinley Chappell (124th, 19:33.03) and Pierre Brunet (169th, 20:29.93).
Meanwhile, Cartersville’s cross country teams competed in the Atlanta Classic at Clinton Farms hosted by Chapel Hill. The boys finished sixth, while the girls wound up 13th.
Sophomore Bill Archer paced the Canes with his seventh-place finish. Archer finished the race in 16 minutes, 41.10 seconds. Rapidly improving freshman Alex Rios wasn’t far behind, crossing in 16:55.68 — good enough for 15th.
Max Florence was 46th in a time of 17 minutes, 41.72 seconds. In 56th was Parker Breedlove, who ran the course in 17 minutes, 48.24 seconds. Jacob Busek (18:15.61) completed the day for Cartersville, placing 74th out of 179 runners.
On the girls side, Alex Machado produced a 37th-place showing. The sophomore completed the race in 21 minutes, 25.61 seconds. Vanna Beach (22:08.80) and Trista Kelly (22:12.16) were nearly back-to-back, finishing 70th and 72nd, respectively.
Alice Terry (22:34.48) wasn’t too far behind Beach and Kelly in 79th. Trinity Atkins (117th, 24:03.34), Metztli Munoz (123rd, 24:18.76) and Jocelyn Blanchette (124th, 24:19.70) rounded out the Cartersville runners.
Elsewhere, Cass junior Olivia Flynn competed in the Pickens Invitational, finishing 84th out of 188 runners in 22 minutes, 41.2 seconds.