By Ricky Dimon
Webb Bridge Park in Alpharetta hosted the Fulton County Public Schools Championship last Saturday and Milton nearly pulled off a clean sweep of the event. Instead, Milton settled for a convincing title on the girls’ side while the boys finished runners-up. The Lady Eagles compiled a winning score of 37 points by placing four runners in the top 10 overall. Annie Kelly finished second in 19:41 and Maddie Butzer crossed the line in fifth with a time of 20:35 to lead the way for Milton. Allie Buchalski of Johns Creek took home top individual honors in 19:21, pacing her team to a third-place showing behind Milton and Roswell. … Riverwood edged Milton 45 points to 51 in a tense boys competition. The Raiders used their superior depth to clinch victory, putting all five of their point-scorers in the top 16. Said Hernandes and James Ryden posted identical 17:06 times to come in fourth and fifth place for Riverwood. Centennial’s Kane Davis won a thrilling race in 16:34, two seconds ahead of Roswell’s Drew Kelly and Milton’s Nathan Reich. … Seven sub-16:00 times were posted at last Saturday’s Westover Invitational, where the Pope boys emerged victorious. Patrick Fleming finished first overall with a time of 15:18, leading four Greyhounds in the top 14. Union Grove turned in a runner-up performance on the strength of Dacosta Smith’s seventh-place showing in 15:51. … North Gwinnett triumphed in the girls race as the only school to place two competitors in the top 10. Courtney Czerniak came in sixth with a time of 18:48 and Jordan Humphrey was not far behind in eighth place at 18:54. Kristina Delpesche of Columbus edged Pope’s Molly Schenck for the individual title, 18:02.17 to 18:02.73. … A number of Georgia’s top teams went out of state last weekend to kick off their last full month of the season. The Brookwood and St. Pius boys traveled to Cary, N.C. for the Great American Cross Country Festival. A deep field included powerhouses from California, Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Virginia—among others—but Brookwood still finished third overall in the team competition. The Broncos were led by Morgan Malanoski (12th place in 15:36), Kevin Marsh (23rd in 15:46) and Matthew McClintock (31st in 15:52). Austin Sprague ran a 15:44 for St. Pius, just ahead of teammate Calvin Tirrell in 15:53. … Westminster’s boys competed in the Class AAA race at the Wendy’s Invitational in Charlotte, N.C. and finished runner-up to Weddington (NC) in a 31-team field. Sean Smith (16:29), Jordan Flowers (16:53) and Jake Candler (16:58) cracked the 17:00 mark for the Wildcats. … The Collins Hill girls prevailed in a nine-team meet last Saturday at Wesleyan. Chloe Whitworth took home top individual honors in 18:54 for the Eagles, who barely scraped past Wesleyan 53 points to 57. Collins Hill and Wesleyan also finished one-two in the boys race, with the Eagles—led by Justin Philip (16:26) in second place—putting all five of their point-scorers in the top 13. Henry Dwyer of Athens Academy won the race in 16:17.