Raiders dominate Carrollton meet

By Ricky Dimon

Score Atlanta

Walton’s girls and boys turned in dominant performances when teams throughout Georgia got their first look at the state meet course during last Saturday’s Carrollton Orthopedic Invitational. Both Raider squads ran away from their competitors for convincing titles in the Class AAAAA races. The girls compiled a near-perfect 18 points, led by a one-two finish of Emily Bridges in 20:31 and Alexa Womack in 20:39. Brian Sullivan paced Walton’s boys to a 16-point win over Collins Hill. Sullivan crossed the line first in 16:47, edging Justin Philip of Collins Hill by seven-tenths of a second. … In the Championship Division of the invitational, runners from Gwinnett County finished first, second, and third. Katherine Yost of Norcross triumphed in 19:24, Collins Hill’s Chloe Whitworth came in second with a time of 19:45, and Lauren Kelly of Peachtree Ridge followed in 20:05. … Westminster’s boys dominated the Class A-AAA races by placing their five point-scorers in the top 12 individually. Sean Smith, Jordan Flowers and Jake Candler broke the 18:00 mark for the Wildcats and finished in the Top 10. … No race at Carrollton was faster or more suspenseful than the boys’ Championship classification. Peachtree Ridge—which prevailed 97 points to 100—and second-place St. Pius both featured two runners under 17 minutes. Josh Brickell and Kevin Mills finished third and sixth, respectively, for the victorious Lions while St. Pius’ Austin Sprague came in second, just ahead of fourth-place teammate Calvin Tirrell. Grady’s Zane Coburn took home top individual honors with a blazing time of 16:23. … Roswell High School hosted the Covered Bridge Invitational last Saturday and the home team did not disappoint. The Lady Hornets placed four runners in the Top 10 individually while no other team had more than two. As a result, Roswell won the race convincingly and finished more than 30 points ahead of both Lassiter and Centennial. Trojan teammates Marcie Merriman (18:43) and Morgan Ainslie (19:26) finished first and second overall. … As for the boys, Pope and Roswell put on a two-team show. The Greyhounds’ 50 points gave them the title ahead of Roswell’s 79 points, while North Cobb raced to a third-place showing with 116 points. Pope’s Patrick Fleming was first overall in 16:28 and Drew Kelley of the Hornets, the only other runner to break the 17:00 mark, crossed the line in 16:42. … First Presbyterian All-American Grace Tinkey continued her already-remarkable season last weekend at Wesleyan. Tinkey turned in her third consecutive run under the 18:00 mark by winning the race in 17:45, more than a minute and a half faster than the rest of the field. Teammate Victoria Coppage finished second overall with a time of 19:27 as the Vikings captured the team title. Tinkey has also earned top individual honors this season at her home Viking Invitational (18:09), the Mercy Invitational at Our Lady of Mercy (17:55), and at the Berry College Clara Bowl Invitational (17:38).

24 comments Add your comment


September 15th, 2011
10:32 pm

Great coverage Ricky! Keep it up! (First?)


September 16th, 2011
12:24 am

Great article, keep ‘em coming. It’s great that cross-country is finally getting a little bit more coverage.


September 16th, 2011
6:48 am

Great article on Cross Country!


September 16th, 2011
7:51 am

Thanks Ricky. Keep up the good work! There’s some more great high school meets coming up this weekend as well as a meet hosted by Georgia State featuring some of Georgia’s top collegiate runners.


September 16th, 2011
7:54 am

Thanks for the coverage. Keep them coming!


September 16th, 2011
8:54 am

Thanks a bunch for the coverage…Great article!

Marist XC Coach

September 16th, 2011
10:01 am

I hope you are at the Gwinnett County Championships this weekend, it is probably more competitive than the state meet! Great job and keep it up.

Friday Nite Lites

September 16th, 2011
10:06 am

Why is this cross country stuff taking up space on my sports page? Cross country is for kids who are too uncoordinated to catch, throw, shoot, hit or kick a ball. It’s not a sport. What’s next – chess club?


September 16th, 2011
10:32 am

Nice Article. Love me some cross country.


September 16th, 2011
10:52 am

Friday Nite Lites,
Only a matter of time before such a pretentious comment showed up. Many of these runners could out perform your so called “real athletes” in most sports. Last time I checked the Olympics football was mysteriously absent. U mad? There is no need for you to spread your hate on this article.

Thanks for the support of cross country! The coverage is greatly appreciated but would it trouble you to include paragraphs next time?


September 16th, 2011
11:15 am

Good to see cross country getting some of the attention it deserves. As for the troll – your boss (who ran XC) says get back to work.


September 16th, 2011
12:47 pm

Great comment Bill. Thank you AJC for the coverage. Maybe we can bring back the state teams and state meet coverage. That was a good read on a Sunday following the state meet. Pictures are always welcome :)


September 16th, 2011
1:32 pm

Great coverage of the meet. As a former HS and college runner in another state I am glad to see our Georgia athletes getting some coverage in the local press. This type of coverage is one thing I found lacking locally vs. other cities around the country which I have lived in. XC athletes are some of the most dedicated and hardest working student athletes you will find anywhere. Keep up the coverage please.


September 16th, 2011
2:17 pm

Awesome work! We want more!


September 16th, 2011
8:29 pm

Great to see some XC coverage; please keep it up. Way to go Drew Kelly from Roswell!!! If you’re at a meet take the time to look for Grace Tinkey, she’s an amazing runner.


September 16th, 2011
8:32 pm

Glad to see the Cross Country coverage. Great article, hope to see more.

Faith Peppers

September 17th, 2011
8:37 am

Thanks for the great coverage and encouraging these kids to keep running!


September 17th, 2011
11:27 am

Thanks for the coverage!


September 17th, 2011
1:50 pm

Great to see some good xc coverage!


September 17th, 2011
7:50 pm

Coverage is great thanks. Experiencing the competition and the athlete’s are the real story.


September 17th, 2011
8:03 pm

I can understand the comment from Friday night lites. Who wants their children participating in an activity that requires intense discipline and dedication, tests their character, builds inner strength and confidence, strains and strengthens physically and instills personal responsibility? It’s crazy. These kids completely pour out everything in their being during a race – often cramping, vomiting, and collapsing at the finish. They come to the end of themselves, tempered by the test of pure athletic competition. You are right, that is not sport, that is something far more serious and sacred. That is the crucible of cross country.


September 17th, 2011
11:24 pm

@ Friday night lites. No running isn’t A sport. It’s just the oldest. Ever heard of the greek olympics or fidippedes or anything like that? Maybe we can agree that SLIGHTLY more athleticism is involved in xc than chess club? lol. Nothing against chess club btw.


September 20th, 2011
11:16 am

Great article!


September 20th, 2011
3:24 pm

Thanks for the coverage AJC!!! The kids deserve some recognition for all their efforts. I say Hoooraaahhh to Runfaster’s comments and to the Friday Nite Lites……i’d say run 3.1 miles in their shoes before you tell them it isn’t a sport.