HS cross country rankings: Clara Bowl shakes up polls

By Stephen Black

There was quite a bit of shifting in the Class AAAAAA boys poll, as Mill Creek won the Clara Bowl Invitational in Rome, and hence, moved up to No. 2 in the state. Marietta, which was No. 2, fell two spots, while Walton, which came in ninth in Rome, dropped to No. 7. Harrison climbed into the poll and debuts at No. 6 after finishing fifth in Rome.

Union Grove moved up in the Class AAAAA boys poll to No. 5 after winning the First Annual Panther Invitational in Fayetteville. After an impressive second-place finish, Starr’s Mill entered the rankings at No. 9. Meanwhile, in the state’s largest classification, Hillgrove switched spots with Wheeler after edging the Wildcats in Fayetteville. Columbus, which came in fifth at the Panther Invitational, appears in the Class AAAA poll at No. 7.

In Class AAA, Hart County moved up from No. 6 to No. 4 after winning the Mountain Eagle Invitational in Clarkesville.

Lakeview Academy enters the Class A boys rankings after a respectable seventh-place finish in Clarkesville. Winder-Barrow, which finished in second place in Clarkesville, is now in the Class AAAAA poll at No. 10. Also, in wake of an impressive fourth-place performance at the Eagle Invitational, Athens Christian moved up to No. 5.

In girls cross country, Mill Creek, Etowah, Archer and Marietta each debut in the Class AAAAAA poll after impressive showings at the Clara Bowl in the Class AAAAA-AAAAAA race. In Class AAAAA, Dunwoody rose to No. 3 after coming in third in Rome. Also in Class AAAAA, Winder-Barrow improved to No. 6 after winning the Mountain Eagle Invitational.

In Class AAA, White County had a smashing performance in Rome, finishing second in the Class A-AAAA race and debuts in the poll at No. 4. In Class A, Whitefield Academy jumped into the poll at No. 7, moving Athens Academy, which it beat in Rome, to No. 10.

Boys

Class AAAAAA

1. Milton

2. Mill Creek

3. Norcross

4. Marietta

5. Brookwood

6. Harrison

7. Walton

8. Parkview.

9. Hillgrove

10. Wheeler

Class AAAAA

1. McIntosh

2. Lakeside-Evans

3. Pope

4. Flowery Branch

5. Union Grove

6. Lakeside-DeKalb

7. Greenbrier

8. Riverwood

9. Starr’s Mill

10. Winder-Barrow

Class AAAA

1. Marist

2. Wayne County

3. Alexander

4. Sandy Creek

5. Pickens County

6. Eagle’s Landing

7. Columbus

8. Chamblee

9. Westover

10. Veterans

Class AAA

1. St. Pius

2. Woodward Academy

3. North Hall

4. Hart County

5. Blessed Trinity

6. Chapel Hill

7. Oconee County

8. Cartersville

9. North Oconee

10. Dalton

Class AA

1. Westminster

2. Wesleyan

3. Bleckley County

4. Lovett

5. Murray County

6. Jefferson

7. Pelham

8. Greater Atlanta Christian

9. Oglethorpe County

10. Benedictine

Class A

1. First Presbyterian

2. Landmark Christian

3. Galloway

4. Darlington

5. Athens Christian

6. Mt. Paran

7. Athens Academy

8. Providence Christian

9. Pace Academy

10. Lakeview Academy

Girls

Class AAAAAA

1. Roswell

2. Walton

3. Milton

4. Peachtree Ridge

5. Brookwood

6. Woodstock

7. Mill Creek

8. Etowah

9. Archer

10. Marietta

Class AAAAA

1. Flowery Branch

2. Lakeside-Evans

3. Dunwoody

4. East Paulding

5. Union Grove

6. Winder-Barrow

7. Starr’s Mill

8. Lakeside-DeKalb

9. Pope

10. Allatoona

Class AAAA

1. Marist

2. Alexander

3. Heritage-Catoosa

4. Chestatee

5. Pickens County

6. Grady

7. Eagle’s Landing

8. Veterans

9. River Ridge

10. Carrollton

Class AAA

1. Blessed Trinity

2. St. Pius

3. Woodward Academy

4. White County

5. North Hall

6. Chapel Hill

7. North Oconee

8. Central-Carrollton

9. Buford

10. Jackson County

Class AA

1. Westminster

2. Wesleyan

3. Lovett

4. Jefferson

5. Bleckley County

6. Greater Atlanta Christian

7. Bremen

8. Thomasville

9. Pelham

10. Toombs County

Class A

1. Landmark Christian

2. Darlington

3. First Presbyterian Day

4. Athens Christian

5. Providence Christian

6. Pace Academy

7. Whitefield Academy

8. Pinecrest Academy

9. Holy Innocents’

10. Athens Academy

7 comments Add your comment

XC Fan

September 10th, 2012
9:24 am

Thanks for the coverage! I think you are overlooking Peachtree Ridge on the boys side in AAAAAA.

cfowers

September 10th, 2012
10:18 am

AAAAA Lakeside-Evans beat AAAAA Flowery Branch head to head by 11 points at the NEGA races held 8-25-12. What is the rationale for ranking FB over Lakeside-Evans?

XC Coach

September 10th, 2012
11:50 am

Thanks for the coverage! Do not overlook North Hart in AAA. they are the #1 team in region 8.

XC Coach

September 10th, 2012
11:51 am

Nort Oconee is the #1 team in 8 AAA. they should be ranked higher.

XC HS Fan

September 10th, 2012
12:15 pm

For 5A Boys Flowery Branch beat Pope at the UGA Invite and for the 5A girls Lakeside-Evans beat Flowery Branch at NEGA this year. Plus Dunwoody Girls was third at Berry this past weekend they should get some more attention.

xcguy55

September 10th, 2012
6:31 pm

For AAAA boys, how did you leave out Perry? They destroyed Westover and Veterans at the Mid state Classic.

Zane Smith's Teeth

September 13th, 2012
11:03 pm

Lakeside Evans can’t beat FB when it matters most…at state.