Championship races thrived on mild conditions pumping out some fast times. photos by Marc Logan
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AAAA should be a be real contest for Podium spots among some very good squads and individuals.
Here is the AAAA State Meet Preview including Post Region Team Rankings
(via MileSplit) Marist ran great at FSU, as did Blessed Trinity at Asics.
AAAA Girls should be very competitive again. Can anyone push Marist this Fall.
The only movement in Girls 5A was Starrs Mill moving up 2 spots after taking 2nd at 4-AAAAA. Dunwoody's top 5 hasn't raced since Coach Wood.
Only 1125 runners participated at the annual Last Chance meet at the 'State Course' Saturday. Very few ranked larger school teams ran their varsities or came at all, with those in attendance taking advantage all around, giving their JVs a chance to test out the layout. In 2 weeks though, this venue will be electric..can you feel it?
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The top 7 from last week's Rankings stand pat for this week. Union Grove may have tightened the gap a bit on #1 Dunwoody (OFF) after a 20:30 at Atlanta Classic. Woodland, Riverwood and Winder jumped back into the top 10 after racing well Saturday.
Dunwoody retained their top ranking by going 19:54 at Hare & Hounds (Foot Locker course) Union grove continued to ascend up the ladder to 2nd after placing a strong 2nd at Coach Daley behind West Forsyth. Creekview rose 2 spots after a solid race at Warpath. Columbus breaks into the rankings for the first time this Fall after being on the 'Watch List'
The 5A girls look to be a very strong classification with the majority of last year’s top girls all returning. Individuals with a legitimate shot at racing for the win at Carrollton in November include Alyssa Hooker (Lakeside-Evans), Elizabeth Graves (Riverwood), Mary Valli (Starrs Mill), Olivia Terwilliger (Kell), Kelly May Sheehan (Dunwoody), Lauren Wallin (Creekview), Marielle Lewis (Kell), Caroline Nelson (Northgate), Anna Hayden (Riverwood), Ansley Heavern (Dunwoody), Samantha Cameron (Dunwoody).
5A schools met some small school competition as schools are allowed to run up at Last Chance. Forsyth Central warmed up for Region winning the Boys race over A Private Athens Academy and Jones County. The Athens Academy Girls were not as kind winning the Girls race beating 4A ranked Columbus by 11 points showing steady improvement all season long and could give Landmark a race for their money in 2 weeks. Anna Marion Block from AA and Justin Weegar of Evans (pictured) were Overall winners.
Dunwoody's girls ran great at Coach Wood placing 7th in the Championship race beating Heritage Catoosa and many good 6A squads to surge into #1 this week. Columbus ran like a Podium contender sweeping the top 5 spots at the MCSD County Championships (:33 1-5 Split/21:33 team average) Richmond Hill is back in the top 10 after defending their turf at their Fishy Invite besting 2A 6th ranked St.Vincent's. Flowery Branch's boys bested Lakeside Evans at Coach Wood to leapfrog the Panthers this week. Forsyth Central competed in the Varsity Gold race at Coach Wood placing 1st with a team average of 17:39 defeating Harrison by 18 and #6 Creekview by 117 points. Clarkston ran who knows where?
The Westover Invitational enters its 33rd Year with another large field of teams making the trip to Albany. There have been some changes to the course that has allowed runners to produce PR times over the years. With the City of Albany selling part of the property last spring, the course has now been completely redone. Saturday's meet will determine how fast this new course will be as 46 high schools and 14 middle school teams will take their shot at winning the 33rd Annual event.
For the 5A Week Ending 9-20 Team Rankings the only movement up was by McIntosh's Boys after winning the Coach Daley Invite by 1 point over and Morrow cracking the top 10 for perhaps the first time in recent history. Northgate's Girls shot up to 6th after Coach Daley (which they hosted) Woodland Cartersville and Columbus both moved up as well.
For the 4A Boys, nearly every time Ryan Clark of Banneker HS hits the track, he's deserving as 'all class' AOW. But 4A Boys had 2 guys clear 6-8 in the HJ this past week which meets the MileSplit 1st team standards and these gentlemen are Daniel Oduah of Eastside HS at the North Oconee Home meet 3-11 and Freddie McSwain from Liberty County at the Bob 'Bullet' Hayes Invite in Jacksonville, Fla.
Walton's Tayla Carter crossed the finish line in 11.63 for the top 100m performance of the day Photo by Pinion Photography Athens Christian Makes it a 3-Peat, Walton outlasts MLK in 5A by 1 Point, Redan Sprints and Hurdles away from SW DeKalb in 4A, GAC blows away everyone in AA scoring in just the sprints and relays and Monroe Albany is too deep again adding another title to their padded resume.