Gwinnett County Championship Preview


In the Gwinnett County girls meet, Brookwood seems to be a slight favorite with Collins Hill and Archer contending. The 100 meters is a toss-up with 5 sprinters separated by 1/10 of a second led by Kayla Louie of Brookwood at 12.52. The 200 and 400's have a clear favorite- Serenity Douglas of Archer at 24.23 and 53.83. Distance events should be dominated by Brookwood, especially by Mackensie Ellison of Brookwood who has run 2:17 and 5:11 in the 800 and 1600 in relay splits at the Coach's Invitational. In the 3200, Camryn Petit, a Mill Creek 9th grader is the favorite. Berkmar is favored in the hurdle events with Jirah Simkins in the 100 hurdles and Mizani Simpson in the 300's at 14.93 and 45.42 respectively, and Erin Marsh of Buford leads the 300 list at 44.74. Brookwood and Parkview should also fare well in these events. Collins Hill is strong in the horizontal jumps with favorite Bola Hambolu in the long and triple jump. Brookwood is also strong in these events. The triple jump is particularly strong with 6 jumpers at 36' or better. Jada Dunn of Norcross has the best high jump of 5' 6" but the top 8 have all been over 5' 2". Pole Vaulter Rachel Sherrill of Dacula has vaulted 11' 2" and is a clear favorite. Laura Allen of Archer is strong in the shot and discus with throws of 39' 3" and 111' 8". Vicki Harris of Parkview is only 2" back in the shot while Chelsea Igberaese leads discus throwers with 124' 3". In the relays, Brookwood has the best time in the 4 x 100 with 48.39 with Peachtree Ridge and Collins Hill also in the 48's. Brookwood is a clear favorite in the 4 x 800, while Peachtree Ridge and Parkview have both run in the 4:04 range for the 4 x 400. The County title could be won by the team whose secondary runners do well and pick up consistent points for places 4-8.


n the Boys County Meet sprints are strong with 5 under 11.0 in the 100, 5 under 22.0 in the 200 and 5 under 50.0 in the 400, led by Darius Slayton of GACS in the 100 and 200 in 10.71 and 21.70. In the 400, Jeremy Hampton of North Gwinnett has run 47.80. Grayson and Mountain View also have strong sprint contingents. In the 800 Jeremy Hampton is also the favorite off his 1:51 from last year but the top 8 have all run between 1:58 and 2:02. In the 1600 and 3200 Miles Yapp of Brookwood is a clear favorite with Pr-s of 4:16 and 9:01 that are 10 and 28 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Austin Lyons of Archer has been the dominant hurdler so far with Pr-s of 14.21 in the 110's and 39.45 in the 300's. Justin McCray of Buford leads in the 300's at 39.34. Tyler Houston of Brookwood is close in the 110's with 14.60 and Houston, Myles Scott of Brookwood and Tyler Henry of South Gwinnett all under 40 seconds in the 300's. In the field, the pole vault is strong with Jacob Zambo of Mill Creek and Che Curtis of South Gwinnett at 13'6" and Caleb Merritt of Grayson close at 13'3". In the high jump Parkview has Kedar Chambers at 6'6" and Garrett Smith at 6' 4". Jordan Brown of Berkmar is also at 6'6". Laronn Veal of Parkview and Julian McDuffie of Shiloh lead long jumpers at just under 22'. Triple Jumpers are led by Nate Blackmon of Brookwood at 44' 6" but 5 othesr have jumped over 43'. Archer has the leading shot and discus entrants in Sam Wright at 55' 8" and Ryan Camp at 179' 2'. Archer also has the 2nd best discus entrant with Sloan Huff at 157'3" and Jake Lund of Mill Creek has also thrown 157'. Vernon Tyler of Mill Creek has thrown 52' 6" and Nicholas Coker of Brookwood has thrown 52' 4" in the shot. In the relays Grayson has a big lead in the 4x100 times with 42.09 followed by Dacula and Shiloh, both under 43.0. In the 4 x 400, GACS is at 3:24 with Mountain View at 3:25. Brookwood is a clear favorite in the 4 x 800 at 8:05. Much like the girls meet, Brookwood , Archer, and Parkview may have the best chances with GACS and Mountain View close and this meet, too, may be decided by lesser known kids who run well and score in the 4-8 places.