Union boys win state championship; Rabun’s Gober, Union’s Sanchez individual champs

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The Union County Panthers boys cross country team earned the school’s first-ever state championship early Saturday morning, while two individual locals ran for state titles in Guy Gober (Rabun) and Zoe Sanchez (Union).

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For the boys race, Union was led by Luke Gambrell’s fourth place finish (17:56). The top four Union boys were in the top 30. The Banks County Leopards, defending state champions and Region 8-AA champs just last week over Union, came in third overall. Griffin Stephens was the state runner-up with a 17:25. Teammate Buck Ledford was sixth with an 18:05. Rabun County was represented by Region Champion Guy Gober, and he won the individual state championship (his second, as he was the T&F state champ in May). Gober ran a 17:18 time.

Crump Tall GIF 2018In the girls’ 2A race, it was Union’s Zoe Sanchez who stole the show. After a region title last weekend, she earned a state championship with a 20:04 time, nearly a minute ahead of the second place runner. Union County placed eighth, while Rabun girls finished 10th and Banks County fourth. Banks was led by Destinie Martin’s 22:31 (13th), while Rabun’s top girl was Hanna Cannon (17th; 22:43).

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