By Darius Goodman
Clayton News Daily
JONESBORO — Mount Zion High’s Lady Bulldogs took home the region 4-AAAAAA Cross Country Championships to lead the Clayton County contingent this past weekend held at the Lovejoy Soccer Complex Saturday.
Mount Zion High scored 54 points as a team in the girls’ bracket for the title. Kiyah Pittmon (21:54.86) placed first overall. Ameera Thomas (22:58.71) crossed the line fifth overall, Jade Turner (23:12.30) came home ninth with Jayda Price (24:12.93) taking 13th. Shyann Daniels (27:41.11) rounded out the top five runners with 31st overall.
The Morrow Lady Mustangs placed third overall in the team standings with 58 points. Taylor Jones (22:11.11) placed second to lead Morrow. Jaelyn Callaway (23:00.77) placed sixth, Ada’Ya Alexander (23:17.07) shored up a top 10 placement with 10th. Carolina Rivera (25:47.04) paced Mariela Castillo (25:49.56) with 22nd and 23rd respectively.
Forest Park’s Lady Panthers took fourth as a team with 91 total points. Adriana Laguna (22:34.76) led the program with third overall while Yessenia Serratos (22:39.31) placed fourth. Tyree Nunez (24:48.78) was 18th for the program, Heidi-Teran Sanchez (26:02.71) placed 24th while Patricia Soto (27:08.07) rounded out the placers with 29th.
The Morrow Mustangs led the Clayton County with 65 points. Gabriel Peacock (18:14.43) led Morrow with an 8th place finish. Mike Prieto (18:16.58) notched 10th overall ahead of two other Mustangs Christia’n Jarvis (18:20.57) and Phong Nguyen (18:21.33) who placed 11th and 12th. Kristen Bradley (19:40.07) was the final runner with 24th overall.
The Forest Park Panthers placed fourth overall with 91 points. Javier Castillo (17:32.53) knocked in third overall to lead all of the Clayton County runners. Alexander James (18:16.58) placed ninth overall, Uriel Lopez (19:10.18) was 20th, while Jesus Montesinos (20:09.12) crossed 28th. Lucas Tadeo (20:48.21) placed 33rd to round out the Panthers.
Mount Zion placed fifth overall with 134 points while Drew High was seventh as a team with 182 points.