By Ricky Dimon
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).