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Rockdale cross country captures region title
The Rockdale County Bulldogs men's cross-country team captured its first region title in school history, while scoring a record low 31 points at the Region 2-AAAAAA cross-country meet last weekend. - photo by Submitted Photo

The Rockdale County Bulldogs blew past their competition Nov. 2 at the Region 2-AAAAAA cross-country championship meet hosted by Druid Hills, scoring a record-low 31 points.

The Bulldogs placed five runners inside the top 15 finishers, capturing both the team and individual title, as freshman Dax Willete finished in first place.

The title is the first in the Bulldogs' history. The championship victory allows the Bulldogs to compete today at the state meet hosted by Carrollton High School.

"I can’t say enough about the talent and work ethic we have on our team," Rockdale coach Jeff Spotts said. "I believe last year was the first year our team has ever qualified for state, and now this year we’re region champions. The groundwork has been established and now we’re working to build and keep a consistently competitive cross-country team.

"Our varsity runners have been working hard since May and that was made very evident at region on Saturday," he said. "We’re all very proud of Dax for winning the individual championship and Logan (Hull) for finishing as runner-up. We’re looking forward to putting on a good show at state this year."

Willette finished 23 seconds ahead of Hull for first place overall in a time of 16:57.69, while Hull turned in a time of 17:20.18.

Jonathan Butler joined Willette and Hull in the top five at fifth overall with a time of 17:37.58.

Patrick Massie (18:00.82) and Sulaimane Bangura (18:51.96) placed in the top 15 for the Bulldogs with 10th and 13th place finishes, respectively.

Bulldogs runners Kevin Mendez (19:04.10) and Myles Matthews (20:21.58) crossed the finish line with 18th- and 30th-place finishes, respectively.

The Bulldogs beat out the Druid Hills Red Devils (46 points) for the team title.