2021 GHSA State Thursday Distance Highlights, 5A-6A

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Hannah Miniutti ran a great race posting a time of 4:53.67 (photo by Alex Brust)

The 5A girls 1600-meter race got off to a rocky beginning as the start had to be called back twice due to athletes taking spills within 20 meters of the waterfall line. The third time was the charm as two Blessed Trinity runners took the lead through the first lap with Hannah Miniutti in tow as if they were plowing the road for her. Miniutti took the lead beginning lap 3, with Hannah Schemmel and Mary Brady a step behind. With 500 meters left, Miniutti and Schemmel separated from Brady and it became a duel on the final lap. Hannah put it in another gear with 300 left, but Schemmel again closed, but as they began the final turn Miniutti made another surge and sprinted down the homestretch to a 4:53.67. The St. Pius X duo both went sub 5, with Schemmel 4:56.52 and Brady 4:58.77

Eoin McNally's homestretch surge sealed the win.

The 5A boys race basically boiled down to an early Decatur-Blessed Trinity showdown with three Bulldogs in the front after lap 1. Christian Gonzalez led through the first three laps, but Eion McNally of Decatur, Adam Wade and Ben Rothering made their moves and assumed control. With 90 meters to go McNally put the pedal to the floor and pulled away for the win in 4:18.17, Wade was runner-up going 4:19.08and Rothering third in 4:20.18.

Sophie Boice took the lead early and controlled the pace.

in the 6A girls race there wasn't quite as much drama as in the other races. Pope's Sophie Boice assumed the lead from the gun and was shadowed by Simone Rojas of Richmond Hill and Makena Gates of Creekview. Boice began to pick it up just before the start of lap 4 and on the backstretch had a lead of up to 25 meters. Elle Mezzio of Riverwood made a move and surged into 2nd as well as Gates began to fall off the pace a bit, with Rojas hanging in tough. Boice cruised down the homestretch taking the win at 5:00.64, while Rojas 

Ethan Curnow's mad dash began on the backstretch but he had to hold off Bryson Gates late.

The 6A boys 1600-meter race was very tight and closed out the evening for fans of the distance races. There were many moves made throughout the race, but Ethan Curnow of North Atlanta showed some impressive foot speed the final 200 meters as he blew around the leader and sprinted to the finish line, and held off a very late charge by Byson Gates, clocking a time of 4:18.80. Rojas slid by Mezzio late earning runner-up honors at 5:05.34. 

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