By Ricky Dimon
Brookwood and host Peachtree Ridge were the stars at last Saturday’s Gwinnett County Championships, which featured some of the best runners and teams in the state. The Peachtree Ridge boys placed five contestants in the top 19 of the race to edge runner-up Brookwood by seven points. The Lions were led by Kevin Mills, who captured top individual honors with a time of 15:37. Brookwood’s Miles Yapp paced his team with a fifth-place finish in 16:14. Mill Creek’s Tyler Woodrome ran a 15:55 to help the Hawks come in fourth, while third-place Collins Hill was led by Daniel Ellis (fourth overall in 16:10).
Roles were reversed in the girls meet, with Brookwood just barely getting past Peachtree Ridge by two points. The Broncos put all five of their point-scorers in the top 18 of the race, including fourth-place finisher Lauren Brennan in a time of 19:01. Peachtree Ridge had five runners in the top 21, led by runner-up Addy Lippitt’s 18:51. Mill Creek, which came in fifth in the team competition, benefited from Lauren Hovis’ third-place showing in 18:59. Tayler Tuttle of Providence Christian won the race in 18:24.
At the Battle of Atlanta hosted last Saturday by Eagle’s Landing High School, Kathryn Foreman of Landmark Christian won the girls meet in 18:40. St. Pius and Marietta finished second and third, respectively, behind Bolles (Fla). Marietta won the boys race in a runaway, as their five point-scorers crossed the line in a six-second span between 16:55 and 17:01—good for individual finishes from 11th to 16th overall. Shaw’s Hakeem Mustafaa prevailed in 16:11.
This weekend’s action includes the prestigious Aubrae Gunderson Invitational at Heritage High School. Top teams taking the course are Brookwood, Lakeside-Dekalb, Lakeside-Evans, Mill Creek, Oconee County, Pace Academy and Westminster. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Classic at Chapel Hill High School will welcome a strong field highlighted by Landmark Christian, Pope, Roswell, St. Pius and Woodward.