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Fortners lead LHS XC sweep

Twins pace teams to victory.

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Posted: Saturday, October 15, 2011 12:00 am

Loganville High School runner Jessie Fortner got her wish last weekend. 

All season she and her twin brother Justin have each won meets, but never at the same time.

The duo finally accomplished the feat when they both claimed the gold medal at the Walton County Cross Country Championships, while leading their respective team to the title as well. 

“I am so happy today,” Jessie said. “I get to stand with my brother and say we both won.”

    In the girls race, it was a close contest at the start and stayed that way until the last mile. Fortner battled with George Walton Academy’s Katie Souther and Miranda Huff of Walnut Grove, but pulled away in the last half mile. Her 21 minutes, 8.55 seconds was her second best performance of the 2011 season.

Following Fortner for the Red Devils were Anna Cofer (sixth), Chandler Spivey (seventh), Heather Beavers (eighth) and Brittany Schmidt. 

Also placing in the top 10 were GWA’s Dilys Osei (fifth) and Alexi Adams (ninth). Brittany Samples was third for Walnut Grove.

In the boys race, Fortner took control of the race early and never let go. He led by more than 20 seconds after the first mile and increased his lead as the race progressed. Fortner finished with a time of 17:10.55, a full minute in front of second place Morgan McNeill of GWA. 

Scoring in the top 10 for Loganville were Brett Colvin (third), Dylan Vaughn (fourth), Bradley Boozer (sixth) and James Greene (eighth). Gustavo Hernandez and German Botello ran fifth and seventh, respectively, for Monroe Area. Rounding out the top 10 were Blaine Oliver of Walnut Grove (ninth) and Myles Johnson of GWA (10th).

“Our goal was to come in on a very tough course and to try to run to the level we did last week on a much faster course” said LHS coach Kevin Johnson. “Coach (Zach) Farmer did a great job in putting this on for the first time. This meet is going to get tougher each year as all of the teams in the county are young and loaded with talent.” 

The competition was held at the George Walton Academy course.

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