Milton Boys Primed to Dominate AAAAAAA, Can South Forsyth Repeat as Girls Champs?

AAAAAAA Boys Team Race

Milton, again.. showed they are primed to grab their first state title on November 3rd. Predictions for their team score are low, can they match or exceed the 2015 Marietta 6A (highest class at the time) score of 27? In the battle for 2nd, things look interesting between Walton and Lambert, with a plethora of teams just behind them ready to pounce on any poor performances from the top 5 on each team. This is going to be quite a battle for the next 3 Podium spots including: Lakeside DeKalb, who has ran very well in October, Mill Creek has proven to be dangerous at State, and South Forsyth & Hillgrove have the talent to bust onto the Podium. 

Milton should not feel any stress to score as low as predicted, simply because the of pressure and number of times, other super squads have gotten snakebit at State. It should not surprise anyone if Milton wins easily, but not as low as predicted. But, they don't need to overlook State, looking ahead to NXN..


Top Individual Boys

This may be working up to a fantastic race for the Individual title. Sam Bowers and Nicholas Yanek of Milton, often work off each other in races and both are very fast. Chase Condra of Peachtree Ridge has a pr of 15:04 at Asics and won his Area meet. The question is, will Kyle Harkabus of East Coweta be in contact or leading with 800m to go? if so, expect a crazy finish perhaps coming down the final hill...There will be a horde of top studs gunning to stay in contact with the lead pack, including: Tyler Fox of Lambert, Michael Malkowski of Milton, James Cragin of Archer and Calan Gizelbach of Forsyth Central. 

(October Races Only)

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
114:53.90
East Coweta
2020
215:04.60
Peachtree Ridge High School
2019
315:10.08
Milton High School
2018
415:15.38
Milton High School
2018
515:29.25
Lambert HS
2018
615:30.08
Milton High School
2018
715:35.00
Archer HS
2018
815:37.15
Forsyth Central
2019
915:42.68
Lambert HS
2018
1015:51.34
Milton High School
2018
1115:53.80
Peachtree Ridge High School
2018
1216:02.37
Milton High School
2018
1316:03.71
Etowah
2018
1416:04.45
Cherokee
2019
1516:04.92
Kennesaw Mountain
2018

AAAAAAA Girls Team Race

South Forsyth and Marietta solidified their #1 and #2 positions with strong Area victories. Milton, still seems to be a clear #3, after that, the forth state trophy is up for grabs. South Forsyth is 3-0 against Marietta. However, just like Olympic Hockey in 1980 Winter Olympics (The Miracle on Ice) you only have to win once.. Marietta had a :46 improvement from Cobb to Area, South Forsyth had a :13 improvement from Warpath to Area. The virtual meet now has the two in a nail biter. South Forsyth has run fast all season, is Marietta just starting to get fast? Neither squad has raced head to head on a hilly course like Carrollton though.. Fun Facts: Marietta Girls have never won a state title and both teams only have one senior, SF #1, and Marietta #7..Look for these 2 schools continuing to build strong programs and compete for State titles for a few years..

Milton and Walton are strong Podium contenders and should be a close matchup. Milton is no stranger to hard hills with their tough XC course, but expect Walton to push hard and challenge them. North Gwinnett has been in and out of the 7A rankings all Fall, which NG team will show up at Carrollton Friday is the question. Hillgrove and Lambert have the potential to make a run at the final team Podium spot as well. 


Top Girls Individuals
Since winning the 7A Girls 3200m 2017 Outdoor Track season, Elizabeth Funderburk's (from way down south Moultrie) confidence in her talent, has grown leaps and bounds. She is undefeated this Fall, including huge wins at Wingfoot XC and the FSU meet. Funderburk, will be looking to wipe away the memory of 2016 State, where she finished 93rd due to some kind of setback. Chasing her, should be a hungry pack waiting for any mistake, including Area Champs: Mary Kathryn Knott of Peachtree Ridge, Anna Burnett of Woodstock and Ellie Hall from Marietta. 

                                                                          (October Races Only)

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
117:10.00
Colquitt County
2018
218:06.74
Marietta High School
2019
318:11.40
Peachtree Ridge High School
2018
418:27.57
Woodstock High School
2019
518:35.15
South Forsyth High School
2018
618:39.27
Kennesaw Mountain
2018
718:42.54
Walton High School
2019
818:43.49
South Forsyth High School
2019
918:50.37
South Forsyth High School
2020
1018:52.13
South Forsyth High School
2020
1118:52.25
Marietta High School
2021
1218:53.86
Marietta High School
2021
1318:56.66
Milton High School
2019
1418:57.65
Hillgrove
2020
1519:00.22
Marietta High School
2019


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