Baylor won the boys' team title and had the first-place finisher in the girls' race in the Fast Break Challenge cross country meet Thursday at Heritage High School in Ringgold.
Baylor's Mae Mae Powe completed the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) course in 19 minutes, 40 seconds to pace the Lady Red Raiders, who finished second with 45 points, six behind rival GPS. The Bruisers were led by overall runner-up Jane Eiselstein in 20:11 as all five of their scoring runners finished in the top 15, and the same was true for Baylor.
Also scoring for GPS were Mary Wamack (20:53, fifth), Gilly Shumate (20:54, sixth), Tessie Braman (21:51, 11th) and Nicola Van Der Merwe (22:11, 15th). Also scoring for Baylor were Helen Webb (21:26, eighth), Janie Pippenger (21:27, ninth), Addison Johnson (22:04, 13th) and Rosa Anderson-Barre (22:07, 14th).
The Lady Red Raiders and GPS created a big gap between themselves and the rest of the field as a result, with Dalton (97 points), Chattanooga Christian School (98) and Southeast Whitfield (199) filling out the top five. CCS runner Phoebe Moran (20:35) was fourth overall, and Dalton's Giselle Dominguez (20:57) placed seventh.
Host Heritage was the sixth-place team, led by senior Allison Craft as she finished third out of 147 runners with a personal best of 20:22. The race also served as the North Georgia XC League championship, and Craft had the top place among league runners as she finished third and her team took second in the league standings.
In the boys' race, Baylor won with 52 points — 24 ahead of second-place CCS — as the Red Raiders' Xian Campbell (16:33) was the runner-up to Coahulla Creek's Lane Hollis (16:22), whose Colts were 30 points behind the Chargers in third. Also scoring for Baylor were Garrison Corley (17:13, eighth), Jack Gartman (17:44, 12th), Alex Coley (17:46, 13th) and William Hamm (18:07, 17th).
CCS was led by Jack Cottrell (16:45, third), Carson Turner (17:01, fifth) and Alexander Bastnagel (17:41, 11th). Other top-10 overall finishers in the 188-runner field were Calhoun's Felipe Barrios (16:47, fourth), Notre Dame's Colton Sanborn (17:03, sixth), Ooltewah's Chance Underwood (17:06, seventh), Heritage's Gavin Chandler (17:16, ninth) and Silverdale Baptist Academy's Gabe Placer (17:35, 10th).
Heritage placed fourth — and finished third in the North Georgia standings, with Chandler's personal best helping him wrap up sixth — with Calhoun fifth and Notre Dame sixth.
Silverdale Baptist Academy 5, Knoxville Webb 1: Gracie Renegar had a hat trick, and Caroline Upchurch had a goal and an assist as the Lady Seahawks rolled Saturday in a Division II-A East Region quarterfinal. Bri Mendoza also scored and Brooke Bolton and Claire Bolton each had one assist for Silverdale (9-4-1), which led 2-0 at halftime and finished the match with a 17-4 advantage in shots on goal. The Lady Seahawks will play at Christian Academy of Knoxville in a semifinal Tuesday.
Baylor 4, CCS 0: Following up on a four-goal performance against Signal Mountain, Aliya Cooper scored twice in the second half to close a decisive DII-AA East road victory for the Lady Red Raiders. Baylor (5-6-1) also received a goal and an assist from Zoey Mize, and Jamie Butt, Jada Cooper, Evie Culbreth, Sophia Mize, Ashley Norman, Melissa Oliveira and Elizabeth Stophel also stood out for coach Curtis Blair's team.
The King's Academy 3, Notre Dame 0: A 16-game winning streak came to an end for the Lady Fighting Irish in the DII-A East final at home against The King's Academy, which won 25-17, 25-14, 25-19. Notre Dame (28-4) will host Middle Tennessee Christian School in the first round of the state tournament on Tuesday. McKenna Brown (eight kills, two aces), Mary Fillauer (17 assists), Beth Voges (five kills) and Riley McCormick (13 assists) were notable performers in Saturday's defeat.