Starrs Mill Sweeps Region 4-AAAAA Titles
Starrs Mill was well prepared on this day and captured the coveted Region title defeating cross county rival McIntosh by placing their top 4 in the first 6 spots scoring 30 points for a 29 point margin of victory. Their ace Joshua Warren (pictured above) had a solid lead at the end of the first loop and maintained separation grabbing 1st Overall in 16:15. Joshua Tysor roared in 3rd at 16:39 with Kevin Hilinski 5th at 16:45 follwed by Alex Casado in 6th in 16:47) (taking down the finish line camera for a brief moment, lol) see video tonight. McIntosh was team runnerup with 59 points led by Connor Reynolds placing 2nd in 16:32, Brian Doyle 8th (16:49) and Connor Koscevic 10th (16:54) Ephraim Green led Union Grove to 3rd place with in 9th at 16:53 and Morrow punched their ticket to Carrollton sliding into 4th behind the efforts of 4th place finish of Austin Gray (16:44) and Cameron Pack back in 7th at 16:48.
The Girls race was similar to the boys as Starrs Mill and McIntosh went out hard the first loop. Starrs Mill placed 4 girls in the top 10 with freshman Mary Valli taking the lead and holding off a charging Caroline Nelson of Northgate. There was some question as to whether a male runner may have pacing her at some small point which was ruled in a vote no DQ. (It could have just been some "exuberant cheering" from what was discussed) But, all is good as Valli was ruled the champ posting a 19:56 for a 3 second win over Nelson (16:59) For the Panthers Emily Sims came across 3rd in 20 flat, Sophie Handel 6th (20:06) and Tori Nails 10th (20:19) McIntosh was 18 points back in 2nd placing 3 runners in the top 8 led by Rachel Ward in 4th overall at 20:03, Tarna Zander-Velloso 7th (20:13) and in 8th Brianna Sattinger (20:14) Northgate placed 3rd behind Nelson and Caitlin Bellora's 9th (20:19) Ellunde Montgomery picked up a 6th place finish (20:09) jhelping the Wolverines book a State spot.
Joshua Warren and Mary Valli display their hardware after sweeping the Varsity races for host Starrs Mill