Allatoona unseats Westminster in Clara Bowl

By Ricky Dimon

Score Atlanta

The Westminster boys lost a thriller when Berry College hosted its annual Clara Bowl invitational last Saturday. In an attempt to defend their Class A-AAA title, the Wildcats lost by a single point, 75-76, at the hands of Allatoona. Sean Smith and Kyle Dhillon finished in the Top 10 overall for Westminster with respective times of 17:29 and 17:39. … Allatoona also emerged victorious in a girls race that lacked serious metro Atlanta contenders. St. Pius ran to a fourth-place showing on the strength of a 20:40 time by Devon Dabney, but the Golden Lions were 35 points off Allatoona’s winning mark of 66. Greater Atlanta Christian finished in eighth place, highlighted by Kelsey Fervier’s 21:40. Fellow Spartan teammates Abigail Mistretta and Anna Collett crossed the line in the top 30 individually. … St. Pius also turned in a strong performance on the boys side even though the team chose to participate in the AAAA-AAAAA contest. Brookwood triumphed with ease, but the Golden Lions raced to a fourth-place finish just as the girls did in A-AAA. Austin Sprague and Calvin Tirrell obliterated the 17:00 mark, wrapping up their meets in 16:08 and 16:34, respectively. Marietta’s Davin Melton recorded a time of 16:58, leading the Blue Devils to seventh place as a team. Ben Pleak came home in 17:10 before a clump of three Marietta runners finished in a span of five seconds from 17:34 to 17:39. … If Brookwood cruised in the boys contest, the Harrison girls were even more dominant in their meet. The Hoyas may not have put a single runner in the top seven overall, but they overwhelmed the rest of the field thanks to their depth. All five point-scorers finished in the top 36 and with times faster than 20:30. Kaylee Isaacs led the way for Harrison in 19:12 before Alex Maeder crossed the line in 19:40 and Maria Boff came home in 19:47. … At the UGA Invitational in Athens, the Marist boys came in fourth in a thrilling contest that saw the top four teams—Walton, Peachtree Ridge, Lakeside-Evans and Marist—finish within 24 points of each other (96 to 120). Marist’s girls also finished in fourth, just ahead of Blessed Trinity. Morgan Ilse of the War Eagles took top individual honors in 19:07 after a photo finish with Sarah Bowles of Lakeside-Evans. … With Labor Day in the past and fall beginning to show its colors, the 2011 cross country season kicks into high gear this weekend in the form of a jam-packed schedule. Teams throughout the state will have their first shot at the state meet course, located at Carrollton High School. Among the schools attending Saturday’s Carrollton Orthopedic Invitational are Grady, Therrell, Parkview and Westminster. … Roswell is hosting the Covered Bridge Run and will welcome Blessed Trinity, Centennial, North Atlanta, North Cobb and Roswell—among others—onto its grounds. … The third annual Battle of Atlanta will also take place on Saturday at Eagle’s Landing High School. Participating teams include Harrison, Marist, Sandy Creek and Whitefield Academy.

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September 7th, 2011
9:26 pm

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September 7th, 2011
9:27 pm

It would be wonderful if the blog author could tell us what sport he/she is reporting on. ooh, Three fourths of the way into the article-Cross Country. Paragraphs would be nice, also.

XC Fan

September 7th, 2011
10:39 pm

Thanks for the coverage Ricky! The boys and girls on these high school cross country teams put in a tremendous amount of time and effort, through the heat of the summer and all year long. Georgia has been blessed recently by having some national caliber teams and individuals. They’re some more out of them there right now. These blogs/articles are a great start to giving these hardworking, talented and devoted athletes the recognition they deserve.


September 8th, 2011
8:33 am

Right on! Additional information about high school cross country can be found at the website:


September 8th, 2011
9:57 am

Great article, you should write more of these or maybe make it a weekly tradition to write about the week’s biggest cross-country meets!


September 8th, 2011
2:34 pm

Great coverage! Thanks! Georgia is a powerful state in HS cross country – keep up the good work!


September 8th, 2011
3:05 pm

Great article! A weekly article on cross country would be awesome!


September 8th, 2011
3:29 pm

Great article. Nice to see XC spotlighted. Go Blue Devils!!!


September 8th, 2011
3:46 pm

Thanks for the XC coverage Ricky. Weekly coverage of the big meets would be great.


September 8th, 2011
4:04 pm

Great article. Keep an eye on Grace Tinkey of First Presbyterian Day School and Josh Brickell of Peachtree Ridge. These two are phenomenal.

MHS XC Parent/fan

September 8th, 2011
5:07 pm

good overview. Thanks for mentioning individual teams and runners to watch. Go Marietta! Go Blue Devils!


September 8th, 2011
6:50 pm

This is great!!!


September 8th, 2011
8:06 pm

Great coverage for these hard working athletes. Thank you…..


September 8th, 2011
9:20 pm

Awesome! I know I can speak for many when I say that it is really nice to see a cross country article in such a prestigious newspaper. They are published sporadically, but the sport has gotten so popular with both high school athletes and parents that I know many would appreciate updates about teams around the Atlanta area! Thank you again!


September 8th, 2011
9:41 pm

Keep the text rolling Ricky for the next 2 months! Cross country fans are sharing your article across the US to friends/family.


September 8th, 2011
10:56 pm

Awesome coverage, keep it coming! Watch out for Providence girls and their all 10th grade team.


September 9th, 2011
8:48 am

Great article Ricky! Lots of XC fans in GA!

Zane Smith's Teeth

September 9th, 2011
11:34 am

Battle of Atlanta will be held at Nash Farm Battlefield in Mcdonough, not Eagles Landing High School.

Did you really mention Sandy Creek and Whitfield Academy in the teams to watch??? Do your kids go there?

Favorites to win: Girls-Harrison Boys-Union Grove


September 13th, 2011
9:53 pm

Thanks for writing about this Ricky! These kids work really hard and it’s great to see them recognized. GO BROOKWOOD!!!!