Bleckley County High School cross country has a reputation for success. The program has produced many top individual runners including Josh Myers and Ashley Arnold. Both the boys and girls teams have dominated region this past decade.
Saturday, the Runnin' Royals added a state title to their prestige as the boys finished first in Carrolton. It was the first team state title for Bleckley in cross country. Carl Ellis Corley led the way with an individual state title, capping an undefeated season.
The girls also had a good day, finishing eight. That night, a group of parents and supporters gathered along Second Street for an impromptu welcome home rally. Escorted by law enforcement, the bus stopped between the courthouse and post office where fans could hug, take pictures of, and congratulate both teams.