Ricardo Santana finishes second in the GHSA AA State Cross Country Race

Ricardo Santana with his second place medal

Toombs County junior Ricardo Santana has an amazing success rate competing at the state level. In the sport of wrestling he has placed third as a freshman and won a state championship as a sophomore. In cross country he placed tenth as a sophomore and on November 4, 2017 he finished second in the GHSAA AA State Race in Carrollton. Ricardo ran the hilly 3.1 mile course the fastest he has ever run it. Last year in a regular season event he finished the course in 18:10 and in the 2016 state meet he ran 18:30.84. Santana bettered his course record by 47 seconds with his time of 17:23.89. He finished 7 1/2 seconds behind the winner Garrett Rogers from Bleckley County. Rogers finished fifth last year at state.

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Ricardo has also competed at state in track and field and with the Bulldog soccer team. Also, as an All-Star Lyons baseball player he competed at state as a junior in 2015 and went 2-for-3 in a game against Glynn County.

Ricardo and his younger brother Martin and their older brother Tristan Lynn have always been super competitive when it comes to cross country times. Last year Lynn led the Bulldogs to a third place finish in Carrollton with a time of 17:51. So, Ricardo bettered that by 27 seconds.

Martin finished 16 overall and helped lead the Bulldogs to a fifth place finish in the team standings. Martin ran 59 seconds faster than he did last season at state. Cruz Arredondo knocked 1:14 of his course personal record.

1 Garrett Rogers Bleckley County 17:16.36 1
2 Ricardo Sanatana Toombs County 17:23.89 2
3 Griffin Stephens Banks County 17:30.78 3 
4 Jimmy Cochran Banks County 17:30.82 4
5 Guy Gober Rabun County 17:41.85 5

Other Dawgs

16 Martin Santana Toombs County 18:35.23
55 Cruz Arredondo Toombs County 19:37.15
57 Areal Rodriguez Toombs County 19:37.23
74 Julio Flores Toombs County 20:09.45
119 Ivan Lopez Toombs County 20:57.02
128 Marcos Zamorano Toombs County 21:05.15

1 Banks County 40 3 4 7 9 17 18 34
Total Time: 1:29:32.92
Average: 17:54.59
2 Armuchee 115 6 20 26 31 32 48 62
Total Time: 1:33:46.78
Average: 18:45.36
3 Bleckley County 146 1 10 23 33 79 83 89
Total Time: 1:33:29.64
Average: 18:41.93
4 Pepperell 191 11 21 36 47 76 95 105
Total Time: 1:35:52.16
Average: 19:10.44
5 Toombs County 192 2 16 51 53 70 114 123
Total Time: 1:35:22.95

The Toombs County Girls country team finished 17th in the AA State Race.

55 Ashley Venegas Toombs County 24:41.69
103 Michelle Garcia Toombs County 27:13.27
117 Jaqueline Balderas Toombs County 28:14.48 
124 Isabel Mares Toombs County 28:35.25
144 Deyra Colmenares Toombs County 30:34.99
146 Cristina Tinoco Toombs County 30:44.57