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Posted: November 7, 2013 9:00 p.m.

Eagles place 7th at Region 8 meet


The Eastside Eagles wrapped up their cross-country season Wednesday, Oct. 30, as both the men’s and women’s teams placed seventh overall at the Region 8-AAAA cross-country meet hosted at Johnson High School in Flowery Branch.


The Eagles men’s cross country-program finished seventh out of eight teams, with 179 total points, while the women placed seventh out of seven teams competing at the regional event, with 185 total points.


Chestatee swept both region races, scoring 32 points in the men’s race, with four top-10 finishers, while accumulating 26 points in the women’s race, with five runners in the top 15.


Johnson’s Gerardo Suarez took home top individual honors in the men’s race, placing first in 18:01. Stephens County’s Deanna Lewis outpaced Chestatee’s Maggee Wilson by almost 40 seconds in the women’s race to finish first in a time of 22:15.


Chestatee’s Jack Carnes (18:35) and Jason Dang (18:42) rounded out the top three finishers in the men’s competition, while Johnson’s Evelin Avitia finished third overall for the Lady Knights in a time of 22:57 in women’s meet.


In the men’s race, the Eagles placed two runners in the top 25, with Landon Moore leading the way with an 18th place finish in 20:22.


Patrick Dougherty joined Moore in the top 25 with a 25th place finish in 20:31.


Devin Herring (22:19), Garrett Nix (22:46), Matthew Bass (22:50), Heath Brickell (23:04) and Ryan Kedzerski (23:20) rounded out the Eagles’ top finishers with 45th, 50th, 52st, 52nd and 55th place finishes.


Madison Jones led the Lady Eagles with a 26th place finish at the region meet, completing the course in a time of 29:44.


Ally Chandler joined Jones in the top 40, placing 39th in 20:37.


Ashley Crawford (31:02), Taylor Bechtler (31:09) and Kiersten Dacosta (32:40) rounded out the Lady Eagles’ line-up with 41st, 42nd and 45th place finishes.


The top four teams in the region will represent Region 8-AAAA in the state meet Nov. 9 at Carrollton High School.


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