Savannah Arts Academy team, Wade and Richmond Hill's Golden win cross country state championship

By Prep Sports Report Staff | November 6, 2022

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It was another unforgettable weekend for the local cross-country runners at the Georgia High School State Association State Cross Country meet at Carrollton High School in Carrollton, Georgia November 4-5, 2022.

The Savannah Arts Academy girls team captured the GHSA Class AA championship, one spot better than last season's runner up finish in Class AAA.

Savannah Arts Academy's Margaret Wade (19:27.12) and Richmond Hill junior Memphis Rich (16:21.93) Richmond Hill High School took home individual GHSA gold medals in their respective classifications. Savannah Country Day senior John Ryan (17:09.04) captured a bronze medal.

Savannah Arts Academy had five runners finish in the top 12 positions to claim the championship trophy. What's impressive is that all Panther runners are seniors. Wade (19:27.12), first, finished nearly 20 seconds better than the second-place finisher. Here is how the rest of the Panthers team crossed the finish line. Lyric Olson (20:41.20)took fifth, Ava Coffey (20:46.63) was sixth, Elle Harward-Grant (21:25.78) took 12th, Camille Arango (22:29.77) finished 17th. Anna Beth Baker (24:04) was 44th, and Rosie Knudsen (25:17.12) 69th. The Panthers are coached by Steve Ricciardi.


Other Notable Results from the meet.



Class 7A 5K 

Richmond Hill boys placed 8th. Here are the results.


16:21.93 Memphis Rich  1st 

17:34.46 Noah Sybert  24th 

17:56.14 Benjamin Hall  46th 

18:09.61 Carter Dieterich  56th 

19:08.92 Benjamin Spiker  117th 

19:14.90 Noah Bowman  127th 

20:45.39 Chris Rogero  187th 


Class 6A 5K

South Effingham Boys Junior Tyler Phillips (16:49.04) finished 6th.



Benedictine's freshmen John Dodson (17:01.9) finished 9th.



Savannah Country Day senior John Ryan (17:09.04) finished 3rd.

Savannah Christian senior J.T. Gard ( 18:15.73) finished 23rd. 


GHSA Girls

Class 7A 5K 

Richmond Hill girls placed 9th. Here are the results.


20:29.26 Jolee Mitchell  17th 

20:42.25 Julia Wilson  22nd 

21:32.71 Adeline Althen  49th 

22:41.15 Kyle Kitchens-Hayes  79th 

22:48.88 Iris Turner  83rd 

23:06.29 Summer Chirpich  93rd 

23:23.96 Alannah Bowling  104th 


PHOTO CREDIT: Savanah Arts Academy & Richmond Hill Cross country Programs


Optim Orthopedics supports Benedictine Military School, Calvary Day School, Richmond Hill High School, Savannah Country Day, South Effingham High School, and St. Vincent's athletics. Benedictine Military School's team doctor is Dr. David Sedory. The team doctor for Calvary Day School, South Effingham, and Richmond Hill is Dr. David Palmer. Savannah Country Day and St. Vincent's team doctor is Dr. Thomas Alexander. Remember, Optim Orthopedics gets you back into the game

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