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Old Suwanee dominates at girls state cross country meet

Old Suwanee won the Georgia Christian Athletic Association’s state cross country title this season. Members of the winning team (left to right) are Kylie Satterfield, Josie Dickerson, Mary Beth Boatright, Kira Stapelton and Marissa Rogers. (Special photo)

Old Suwanee won the Georgia Christian Athletic Association’s state cross country title this season. Members of the winning team (left to right) are Kylie Satterfield, Josie Dickerson, Mary Beth Boatright, Kira Stapelton and Marissa Rogers. (Special photo)

Old Suwanee Christian maintained its dominance of the Georgia Christian Athletic Association’s state championship cross country meet recently with its fourth consecutive girls title.

The Buford private school placed five girls runners in the top seven for 24 points, 16 ahead of runner-up Covenant Christian of Cumming, and its 30th all-time state cross country title.

Junior Kira Stapleton was Old Suwanee’s top runner with a time of 21 minutes, 30 seconds, followed by Mary Beth Boatright (fourth) and Kylie Satterfield (fifth). All three of those runners earned all-state honors.

Josie Dickerson (sixth) and Marissa Rogers (seventh) also scored for the Conquerors.

Old Suwanee had finished as runner-up to Covenant twice this season, but turned that result around at state.

“This year’s team was probably the most balanced I have coached,” Old Suwanee head coach Joshua Gillispie said. “The team worked hard all season and to see them put our race strategy into place at the championship meet was truly special. Losing senior Mary Beth Boatright will be tough seeing that she has been one of our top runners in the last four state championships, but the other girls have learned a lot from her and next season we should be even better.”

Boatright hits

milestone

Not long after the state cross country meet, Boatright notched another milestone in basketball.

The Old Suwanee senior scored 24 points against Bible Baptist of Hampton and became the school’s first girls player to top the 1,000-point mark in a career. She averaged 17.6 points as a freshman, 16.1 points as a sophomore and 17.3 points as a junior, when she was the MVP of the GCAA state tourney.

Boatright averages 21.8 points this season through four games.

Two Conquerors make all-state

Boatright also made the GCAA all-state volleyball first team after leading her team to a 20-7 record and a state runner-up finish this season.

An outside hitter, she is the school’s all-time leader in kills. She was joined on the all-state first team by Killian Hill Christian’s Bethany Winston, as well as second-teamer Kimmie Ader, Old Suwanee’s setter.