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Cross country runners compete at Westover Invitational

October 6, 2007

Albany -- The ground may have been shaking on the westside of Albany Saturday, as the annual Westover Invitational cross country meet took place early in the morning at Robert Cross Middle school.

Over 400 runners and fifty teams competed in the event, drawing schools from all over the state.

Charlie Sparks of Columbus dominated the boys race, finishing in a time of 15:24, thirty seconds ahead of the next-closest finisher.

Fitzgerald's Austin McDonald placed 14th at 16:30.

Peach Tree Ridge won the event, followed by Smiths Station and Grayson.

North Gwinnett's Nicole DeMecurio took first in the girls event, with teammate Laura Serres two seconds behind.

The Lady Bulldog runners led their team to a first-place finish.

Junior Moneque English of Westover is the top local finisher, placing 26th, with her sister Moneka 28th.

Moneka English says it wasn't an easy race.

"It was kind of hard at first," says Moneka English.  "I think I ran too fast on the first mile. But I think I finished real good. I had a faster time than usual."

Moneque English adds, "We had a lot of competition from North Georgia, so we were just trying our best to stay up there with them, and get a personal record time."

Both sisters improved on their personal record time by about 30 seconds.

This is their first year running cross country.

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