On Friday, November 1, 2019, the 6A state championship race was run at Carrollton High School. The Harrison Hoya Boys dominated the field by taking first overall with 52 points, while the Pope Greyhound Boys took a close second, scoring 56 points.
Sully Shelton (Harrison) easily won the race, taking the top title in the state for individual, and beating the second place runner by a full 13 seconds. Cole Heron and Will Brown, both from Pope, finished 3rd and 4th, with just 3/100ths of a second separating them. More information on the individual standings for Cobb County can be found here.
Harrison coach, Kent Simmons, was very proud of his team: “We had an exciting year. We won the Cobb County Invite, Wingfoot Invite, Gulf Coast Stampede, Region 6AAAAAA, and of course State AAAAAA. Sully Shelton is emerging as quite a star; he has shattered every distance school record that we have. He now has 3 individual state titles to his record (1600, 3200 in track and now the individual title for XC), and he’s only a junior.”
“At the State meet,” Coach Simmons continued, “Noah Connelly, Kaden McVey, and Brian Boyle had an outstanding day and raced hard to secure the state Championship. Each of them made moves in the last 500 meters of the race to help our team win over the outstanding Pope team. The team started their work in the summer and stayed focused the entire season. Early on we battled minor injuries and lots of illnesses, but learned how to race even when short-handed. It paid off at the state race.”
Congratulations to both Harrison and Pope for great seasons. Looking forward to next year…