The state championships continue rolling in local programs as Marist earned titles in cross country.

The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Cross Country State Championships were held in Carrollton on November 3 and 4.

Marist swept both team competitions in Class AAAA.

The War Eagles’ boys team earned its 12th state title led by Knox Pittman’s winning time of 16:32.26 in the individual competition. His teammate William O’Rielly finished second at 16:42.86 marking the first time this has happened for the program since 2008. Marist also saw Nathan Haileysus and David Reteneller placed in the top-15. “The boys have dealt with a lot of adversity this season and to emerge victorious was a powerful reminder that hard work does pay off,” Marist cross country coach Eric Heintz said. “It was the full team that secured victory.”

St. Pius X saw its boys team earn second in the team standings led by Jordan Perez’s fifth-place finish. Jack Voss and Rowan Wiley also placed in the top-15 individually. Woodward Academy’s team placed tenth.

Marist’s girls team won its tenth-consecutive state championship and its 19th overall. The lead runner for the War Eagles was Kathleen Maley who placed second with a time of 19:29.90, only behind Oconee County’s Nicole Pachuta winning mark of 19:26.63. Josie Wirtz, Kathleen Schellman and Kiki Popescu were all in the top-ten overall. Annie D’Amaro, Olivia Baljet and Kate Hartigan were in the top-25.

“For our girls this was a ‘once in a program’ kind of day,” Heintz said. “Ten state championships in a row need to be celebrated and once again it was a total team effort.”

St. Pius X had its girls team earn second led by top-15 finishes from Morgan Vaden and Maggie Yankovich.

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