By Ricky Dimon
The Brookwood boys maintained their momentum from a recent triumph at the Gwinnett County Championships by taking home the title from last Saturday’s Atlanta Classic, hosted by Chapel Hill High School. Without top runner Morgan Malanoski, the Broncos edged runner-up St. Pius by an incredibly close score of 89-96. Gabriel Gomez finished sixth overall for Brookwood with a time of 16:10, five seconds ahead of teammate Austin Veith. The Golden Lions were led by fifth-place Austin Sprague in 16:01 and seventh-place Calvin Tirrell in 16:11. Bailey Roth of Eagle’s Landing won the race in 15:52, beating out Adam Jones of Columbus by three seconds. … Westminster made sure there would be no such suspense in the girls’ race, as the Wildcats ran 30 points clear of the rest of the competition. A well-grouped squad featured Michelle Sullivan in ninth overall at 19:57 and Martha Stewart in 12th place at 20:12. Parkview, Marist, Whitewater and Allatoona rounded out the top five. First Presbyterian’s Victoria Coppage took home top individual honors with a time of 18:50, eight seconds faster than Lindy Long of Landmark Christian. … Blessed Trinity hosted the Clash of the Titans last Saturday and the boys’ competition proved to be an absolute thriller. Justin Howell of Pope crossed the line first overall with a time of 17:35 to lead the Greyhounds past runner-up Blessed Trinity 47-51. Will Murray of the Titans finished a mere 28-hundreths of a second behind Howell. … The home team took care of business without any trouble in the girls’ race. Blessed Trinity placed all five of its point-scorers in the top 10 and compiled a near-perfect score of 25 points. Bailey Willett came in second overall for the Titans in 20:43 and Natalie Kile recorded a fourth-place showing in 21:00. Dawson County’s Madalyn Walters ran a 20:24 to break the tape in first. Pope finished runner-up in the team competition, paced by Morgan Laushey’s 10th-place run. … Kennesaw Mountain High School captured both titles at last Saturday’s Darlington Cross Country Festival. On the boys’ side, the Mustangs placed all seven runners in the top 18 and compiled an impressive score of 43 points, sprinting away from a 15-team field. Andrew Maritim (third), Austin Kretschmar (seventh) and Mousab El-rifadi (eighth) finished in the top 10 for the Mustangs. Jesse Baker of Darlington seized the top spot on the individual podium with a time of 16:15. … Darlington also boasted the top finisher in the girls’ meet, as Ansley McDurmon raced home in 19:47. Once again, though, Kennesaw Mountain’s depth was decisive in the team competition. Runner-up Brady Young (20:06) led four Mustangs in the top 10 overall. … The Fulton County Public Schools Championship will take place this Saturday at Alpharetta’s Webb Bridge Park. Among the schools on a deep entry list are Alpharetta, Chattahoochee, Milton, Northview, Riverwood and Roswell. Saturday’s Westover Invitational will feature Lovett, Lowndes, McEachern, Pace Academy and St. Pius.