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2A State: Union’s Sanchez, Banks’ Stephens both claim state titles

Saturday morning proved to be epic for north Georgia cross country, as a pair of individuals won state titles in Union’s Zoe Sanchez (back-to-back) and Banks County’s Griffin Stephens.

For the girls, Sanchez was nearly 20 seconds ahead of the next place runner. She led the Union girls to a 9th place finish as a team. Meanwhile, the Banks girls were fourth, led by Destinie Martin (23rd; 23:13). Rabun County’s girls came in 6th as a team, led by Amaranta Melgarejo (17th; 22:53) and Molly Jo Wright (18th; 22:57).

For Stephens, it comes a week after winning his first region title after last year being runner-up in both region and state. Union County’s boys finished as state runner-up, while Stephens’ Banks County team came in fourth.

Stephens’ time of 15:44.15 was just a blink quicker than Bleckley County’s runner-up, who finished with a 15:44.21. Union’s Luke Gambrell came in fourth with a 17:35 time. Hunter Hartzog finished 11th with a 17:55 for the Panthers. Banks County’s other standout was Buck Ledford (20th; 18:30).

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1 comment on “2A State: Union’s Sanchez, Banks’ Stephens both claim state titles

  1. James Telford

    A great race for Griffin Stephens. Very proud of him for all of the accomplishments he has made the last 4 years.

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