Martin Santana finishes 6th in the GHSA AA State Cross Country Meet

Martin Santana (5th from the left) on the Podium

In a race run at a very fast pace, Toombs County senior Martin Santana finished 6th in the GHSA AA State Cross Country Meet in Carrollton. Martin ran the 5k (3.1 Miles) race in 17:44.27. He was the top runner from Region 2 finishing a second before Vidalia’s Cole Register.

As a freshman at state Martin finished 33rd in 19:34 as a sophomore 16th in 18:35.23 and last year 22nd in 18:47.23.

The Santana family has been quite successful running the hilly course in Carrollton. In Ricardo Santana’s four trips he posted times of 20.24.83 (81st) as a freshman,18:30.84 (10th) as a sophomore,17:23.89 (2nd place) as a junior 18:07.03 (7th) as a senior.

Other top Bulldog times in recent years include Ricardo and Martin’s older brother, Tristan Lynn, who finished third in 2016 in 17:51.00. In 2011 Daniel Avellenada placed 14th in a time of 17:27.43 and in 2010 Daniel ran 17:56.98 and finished 28th.

Event 5 Boys 5k Run CC Class 2A

Name Year School Finals Points

1 Griffin Stephens 12 Banks County 16:44.15
2 Garrett Rogers 12 Bleckley County 16:44.21
3 Luke Churchwell 9 Bleckley County 17:24.68
4 Luke Gambrell 11 Union County 17:35.20
5 Simon Schabort 9 Model 17:43.54
6 Martin Santana 12 Toombs County 17:44.27 
7 Cole Register 12 Vidalia 17:45.22
8 Jordan Hellier 12 Model 17:45.65
9 Luke McGarity 9 Oglethorpe County 17:46.31
10 Morgan Bolmer 12 Berrien 17:48.38

Other Toombs County finishers

73 Arael Rodriguez 12 Toombs County 19:52.40

74 Marcos Zamorano 11 Toombs County 19:57.05

115 Hunter Herndon 10 Toombs County 21:20.30

118 Jesus Martinez 11 Toombs County 21:24.02

131 Justin Peterson 12 Toombs County 21:39.93

135 Uriel Barbosa 11 Toombs County 21:42.91