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DCSS Cross Country Teams headed to State

ALBANY, Ga. -- Cross Country Teams from all three Dougherty County School System High Schools have qualified for the state meet following the region championship meet at Robert A. Cross Middle Magnet School. 

According to the Albany Herald, Westover Girls, Monroe Girls and Westover Boys each earned a trip to the state meet after finishes Saturday. 

Westover's Anna Plowden (22:31) finished second overall, which, along with Jada Landers (seventh, 23:53), Destiny Love (ninth, 24:32), Nina Daniel (11th, 24:44), Jayda Clark (12th, 25:49), DeAnna Cunningham (16th, 27:07) and Skye Johnson (17th, 27:35) lifted Westover to a second place finish with 41 points. 

Monroe’s girls, led by Marianna Wright, also qualified for state with a fourth-place finish. Wright was third in 23:06. She was backed up by teammates Jurdyn Johnson (13th, 26:30), Traniya Miller (22nd, 33:05), Sariyah Wright (26th, 36:17) and Telia Hale (27th, 36:52). 

Westover’s boys earned a fourth-place finish and a trip to the state meet with top finishes from Joshua Paustain in ninth at 20:22 and Xavier Mallory in 19th at 21:45. The Patriots got support from Eric Barber (28th, 24:16), Rodrick Young (29th, 24:49), Zion Clark (30th, 25:11) and Edison Vicente (31st, 25:17).

Other placing runners included: 

  • Dougherty Girls team members De’Asia Simmons was 25th (35:59), Jaqueline Buchannon (28th, 38:02) and Mirisha Hawkins (29th, 39:32).
  • Monroe’s Marcus Cowart was 18th in 21:11 and Dougherty’s Jahaven Brown was 25th 23:12. Monroe also got top-30 finishes from Nigel Green (26th, 23:15) and Alonzo Mulberry (27th, 24:00), along with a 34th-place finish from Braillen Wright (34th, 31:45). Dougherty’s other placers were Dontrell Hodge (32nd, 30:28) and Lamarian Harris (33rd, 31:42).