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Providence runner-up at state meet

MACON -- Providence had three runners place in the top 10 as the Storm finished runner-up at the cross country Class A private school state meet on Saturday.

The Storm scored 90 points to finish behind state champion Landmark Chrisitan's 57 points. Darlington (101) was third and Mt. Pisgah (160) was fourth. Hebron finished in 12th place.

The runner-up finish is the highest since 2006 when they were second.

"We're really proud," Providence coach Charlene Preg said. "We had some great performances by all the girls.

The Storm was led by Tayler Tuttle's third-place finish overall with a time of 18 minutes, 46.94 seconds.

Ellie Thomas (20:30.76) was eighth, Emily Swanigan (20:41.61) was 10th, Hannah Grice (21:45.13) took 26th, Anna Park (22:39.93) was 43rd, Natasha Nori (23:15.27) was 61st and Rebekah Bullard (23:47.43) was 74th.

Providence was the Region 8-A champion and returns all seven starters. The Storms' lineup features six juniors and one freshman.

"We've been working towards this and were ready to peak," Preg said.

Hebron's Stephanie Murphy was fourth overall with a time of 19:38.62.