Locust Grove boys runners celebrate after winning the Henry County championship in cross country.

The Union Grove girls and Locust Grove boys cross country teams put up dominant showings Saturday in the Henry County Championship at Strong Rock Christian.

Union Grove won its ninth straight girls county championship with an astonishing 17 points, putting 10 runners in the top 17 spots led by individual champion Gabby Parsons. The Wolverines swept the top three spots with Bianca Parsons and Lilly Dunn rounding out the top three.

Locust Grove put four boys runners in the top seven spots, led by first-place finisher Daniel Townsend, to win the championship with 23 points. Townsend was backed up by four of his teammates in the fourth- through seventh-place spots.

Parsons won the girls race in 19 minutes, 39.18 seconds, Bianca Parsons was second in 20:03.93 and Dunn finished in 20:44.52. A wave of Union Grove runners followed — Nadia Sires (sixth, 21:50.72), Kalkidan Hawkins (eighth, 22:29.44), Camryn Charles (10th, 22:36.93), Mikylah Charles (11th, 22:43.73), Julia Rothermeil (12th, 22:51.27), Brianna Reed (13th, 23:10.64) and Gracie Zeugal (17th, 23:54.44).

Locust Grove’s girls took second with 76 points behind top-20 finishers Autumn Freeman (16th, 23:48.40), Jordan Greene (18th, 23:59.35) and Julie Mink (19th, 24:06.65). Third-place Creekside Christian, with 92 points, got a fourth-place finish from Hallie Baffic (20:51.09) and a ninth-place finish from Jillian Muncus (22:33.27).

Ola (98 points) was led by Bre’Asia Mills (14th, 23:26.77) and Carolyn Stowers (20th, 24:31.07), and Strong Rock (100 points) got a 15th-place finish from Madison Blackwelder (23:41.33).

In the individual standings, Stockbridge’s Carrington Wilson was fifth in 21:14.69, and Woodland’s Re’Shauna Brown was seventh in 22:05.47.

Townsend claimed the boys championship with a time of 16:36.17, holding off runner-up Elijah Sires of Ola (16:45.30) and third-place Noah Kilgore of Strong Rock (16:55.63)

After Townsend, Locust Grove’s boys put four more runners in the top seven — Trenton Labrum (fourth, 17:08.71), Jack Pringle (fifth, 17:18.62), Santiago Vasquez (sixth, 17:19.27) and Jake Pearson (seventh, 17:19.47).

Second-place Union Grove (64 points) was led by Tai’Re Barashango (ninth, 17:43.40), Mason McMahon (10th, 17:47.84), Khayri Davis (12th, 17:59.66), John Brumm (16th, 18:31.66) and Jaycob Chapman (17th, 18:37.49).

Third-place Strong Rock (68 points) got top showings from Noah Banks (11th, 17:54.71) and Connor Morgan (13th, 18:08.15), while Ola (89 points, fourth) also got an eighth-place finish from Christian Estrada (17:38.79). Woodland (170) was fifth in the team standings.

Luella’s Ethan Sanders was 14th (18:21.67), Eagle’s Landing’s Steven Wilson was 15th (18:23.46), Stockbridge’s Cameron Simmons was 18th (18:42.49), Creekside Christian’s Judah Prisk was 19th (18:49.39) and Hampton’s Jacob Jones was 20th (18:55.33) to round out the top 20.

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