This week's GATFXCCA Spotlight is about Coach Wesley Etienne of Clarkston
Articles with Clarkston
Decatur Boys and McIntosh Girls are huge favorites to capture the team titles in 5A.
Tesfaye hammers the Horse Park layout while Oconee girls run away from field
This could be a pretty fun season in 5A boys as it's as wide open as it has been in many years this fall.
BSN Sports Rumble In The Jungle is just one of Parkview's premier meets. By Daniel McCauley
Here are Day 2 'Highlights in Pics' from day 2 of the DeKalb County Championships. pictured is a photo finish in the 100m dash between Barrow and Wilson. photo by Marc Logan's Flash Forward Photography
One of the tighter team races of the meet may happen in the 5A Boys race on Friday morning
Starrs Mill remains at #1. Flowery Branch returns to top 10.. (via MileSplit)
Some great competition at Carrollton Orthopedic. Jacob McLeod makes a statement...all photos by Ben Ennis
Here is a look at this Fall's AAAAA top 10 by the Rankings Committee
Here is a pic collage of the Scots Invite highlights from the eye of Daniel McCauley...
They've done it before and they do it again, Clarkston continues their Reign whatever class..Sam Ellis takes Individual crown. photo by Daniel McCauley
Here is a Virtual State meet for AAAAA Boys.
Here is the AAAAA GHSA State meet preview including Post Region Team Rankings,
(via MileSplit) Alexander Asics helped sort out Week 8 AAAAA Boys team rankings.
© 2016 Copyright FloSports, Inc. (via MileSplit) Ckarkston stays on top, but its getting very tight in AAAAA Boys between the 2-5 ranked squads.
(via MileSplit) Only 2 of the top 10's Varsity squads raced in Week 5 with Flowery Branch besting Eagle's Landing at Warpath by a scant 5 points.
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Check out the top boys teams in the state of Georgia as of September 14th based on XC team scoring all of the 5K times currently in the MileSplit database for the 2016 season.
Here is a summary of Week 4's Cross Country action.
Alexander Boys let it rip at Carrollton in 6A-7A race and Clarkston wins Championship team title.
Great day of racing at Heritage Christian Church course. Drew Hunter onsite, Landmark girls take team title along with Auburn boys. West wins again. photo by Ben Ennis
This year's AT&T Starr's Mill Panther XC meet is loaded with Top teams and individuals. photo by Daniel McCauley
AAAAA will remain one of the strongest classes after a few AAAA schools have moved up. Clarkston will begin the season where they finished it in 2015, as #1.
Georgia MileSplit will be onsite Saturday at the Jerry Arnold Georgia Challenge shooting video and a HUGE photo gallery. 33 schools are scheduled to compete at Mill Creek HS! (photo from 2012 meet!)
This was the fastest race of the day using the 'Slipperation Slope' route. Why, and how is it, that those pesky Angoras from Clarkston run so well at State the past 3 years?
Flowery Branch is beginning to look like 'The Branch' again after a 16:59 avg at the Horse Park. Clarkston loves Carrollton, and must be anticipating Saturday after the Angoras shot up 6 spots to 4th! Any of the 'Watch List' teams could crack the top 10 on 11-7
Many of the top teams moved around in the 5A Boys rankings this week excluding top 2 Alexander and Forsyth Central. Cambridge jetted up to 3rd after Coach Wood, Flowery Branch moved back into the top 4 and Clarkston laid an egg dropping down to 10th. Starrs Mill and McIntosh rested up for Region 4-AAAAA coming up Saturday.
Alexander retains their top ranking after a solid race at Alexander/Asics. Not much movement upwards except for Fayette County schools McIntosh and Starrs Mill both moved up in the Rankings after their performance at Alexander/Asics. Cambridge is back in the top 10 after Alexander/Asics as well.
Last week 5 of the top 6 squads were off (no movement) with McIntosh running half strength at Fayette County. Allatoona rose a spot after their run at Cobb County. NS Columbus and Winder-Barrow break into the top 10.
Its almost too close too call for #1 but Alexander gets the nod after 17:01 @ McCallie. Forsyth Central got the better of Clarkston at the Wingfoot Classic. 3 top 10 squads were off last week and Bainbridge may have entered the 'Watch List' for the first time in recent history.
This weekend we expect Milton, Forsyth Central, Marist, Blessed Trinity, and Clarkston as our top teams. For the first time this season we will see Jack Bluth, Frank Pittman, and Chase and Chandler Kennedy in the same race.
The Warpath Invitational had a big hand in the 5A Rankings as Forsyth Central came out on top of Alexander by 23 points. Creekview surged to 6th after being on the 'Watch List' for a week. Dalton bested North Atlanta at Warpath moving into the rankings at 9th this week. Flowery Branch, Clarkston and Allatoona were off.
Carrollton Orthopedic also will have a big influence on 5A Boys Tram Rankings. Many squads ran head to head, but a few wee not running full strength as noted. Alexander had the best race of the day at Coach Benson taking a slim #1 over Flowery Branch who had the same team average at Carrollton. Clarkston moved up the ladder running very well at what may be the Angoras favorite course (Carrollton) Upstart North Atlanta join the top 10 this week after a 17:57 at Run at the Rock in Cartersville.
Over 1400 runners gathered at the State Course on Saturday having great mid-September racing conditions in very uncrowded race situations for this venue. (excluding Championship Boys) Anticipation was high for those races with many top squads and Indivduals competing.Brief ReCap (more coming Monday)
Don't have an account? Join Now (via MileSplit) Here are the 1st 5A Boys Team Rankings for Week Ending 8/6.
For the first time the Bob Blastow Invitation will be run at McIntosh Nature Preserve. This years event has 49 teams that will compete on the flat McIntosh course. The race format will have four varsity races, two JV and an Open division.
The team title is up for grabs afyer so many talented Individuals graduated. But, the main crux will include some well knowns, including Flowery Branch, defending champ Clarkston, Forsyth Central, Creekview, Starrs Mill and McIntosh as the primary Podium contenders.
Now to our moment that centers around a movie opening in theatres today. It's a film with tons of paralells to a story we've been covering in our own (via 11Alive)
(via MileSplit)Watch Video of the 1600 and 800 races from the Big Peach Distance Kickoff. Abbas Abbkar (pictured) ruled the Boys 800, Sue Anne Moralis the Girls 800 and North OC's Sigler and Jones topped the Boys 1600.
The 1st Annual Big Peach Distance Kickoff was a huge success to begin the Outdoor season as many competitive races were produced by the 12 schools that attended. It was windy as all get out, but eased up a bit after the 800 meter races began. Parkview as usual did a great job hosting the event.
The GHSA State Cross Country Championships got off with a bang this morning at 7:45 with a light cover of frost in the 'bowl' at 39 degrees with little to no wind. All along it was a question of who would push Poteet and the answer was no one till it was too late. Clarkston vs Forsyth Central in the team race morphed into the Angoras vs Flowery Branch beginning the 2nd loop.
Its been brewing all season ever since Clarkston and Forsyth Central met at Bob Blastow on the quick Clinton Farms course and the Angoras gored the Bulldogs in the backside in the Varsity Boys 2 race by 12 points and come Saturday, it will be settled. The Individual race will ask the question of who is going to put it all on the line and leave it out on the course trying to beat defending champ Logan Poteet from Kell who only was defeated at Coach Wood.. Pictured is Abbas Abbkar of Clarkston who will attempt to lead the Angoras to a state title.
The Final 5A Rankings for Girls show how tight these squads may be bunched up coming down the final hill at Carrollton. I would not expect the teams to finish in the rankings order. Flowery Branch ran the toughest course at Region and ran very well as a pack. Dunwoody is going to be the most rested team for sure. Finally...Clarkston and Forsyth Central will line up when it matters Saturday...Can Clarkston rise up and have another shocking race like last year or will Forsyth Central win their first State title? Don't count out Flowery Branch or Starrs Mill who ran great in lousy conditions last Saturday..
The Region 4-AAAAA Championship was a glimpse of the Girls State race as Starrs Mill and McIntosh faced off with the host Panthers taking the win and jumping over McIntosh. Dunwoody rested 4 of their top 5 at Region. McIntosh girls jumped over Creekview. Union Grove's 21:09 at region moved them into 9th. Clarkston looked very strong in 6-AAAAA and passes Forsyth Central on the Boys side. Starrs Mill is a strong 5th after winning 4-AAAAA. Region 4 and 6 have 2 weeks to rest before State which could be a factor.
Region meets listed on the XC Calendar began this past Thursday. 1-AAAAAA, 4-AAAAA, 2-AAAAAA, 6-AAAAA and 5-AAA took care of business early giving their athletes an extra week of rest for those Q' for Carrollton on 11-8. There were no real surprises in the outcome of any except for just 2 Girls teams coming out of 5-AAA. Region time always brings into question the GHSA qualifying process as a few teams make it in just by having 5 runners cross the finish line as opposed to teams in super tough regions being left out that would more than likely be top 10 (even possibly Podium contenders) at State. Abbas Abbkar of Clarkston is pictured above.
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?
There were some pretty good darn meets this past week producing the Week 6 Ga.MileSplit 'Runners of the Week' The All-Class Boys 'ROW' selected is Walton's Mitchell Sanders after his 2nd place performance at the Atlanta Classic. Pictured above is pic of 5A co-'ROW' Abbas Abbkar from the Clarkston Angoras. Image by Daniel McCauley
McIntosh Girls' squad is looking like the team to beat short course or not....Creekview narrowly bested Dunwoody at Darlington CC Festival. Richmond Hill rocketed up to 7th after winning the Girls 'Red' race at Aubrae Gunderson (21:59) Clarkston's boys seemed to have re-energized after Carrollton Ortho 2 weeks ago winning the Boys 'White' race at AG going 16:50 team average defeating several ranked squads and giving #1 Forsyth Central something to ponder.... Flowery Branch, Greenbrier and Union Grove all moved up.
The Georgia International Horse Park provided the perfect venue on this overcast and cooler morning for runners to turn in terrific performances. In the White (Championship) Varsity race, Lakeside Junior, Davis Stockwell, and Shannon Fair of Aquinas emerged victorious in the most competitive races of the day.
After maybe having a few less teams attend than in the past, the Carrollton Orthopedic Invitational is 67 HS teams strong again and should have over 2000 runners registered for action Saturday. Many of the top programs in Georgia will run their entire squads and a few will hold out their top runners for another day... The Sunshine State has arguably three of the best boys teams in the state, two of the best girls teams in the state , the top freshman in the state on the girls side, and a potential foot locker finalist in Sukhi Khosla on the boys side lacing it up with our state's student-athletes. Its a star studded event that could turn into a barnburner depending on what teams from Ga choose to run in the Championship race....
Clarkston's Boys retain their top ranking despite not having ran in a weekend invite since Bob Blastow. Its possible they ran in a DeKalb meet... The top teams all moved up as Forsyth Central dropped a few spots and Creekview cracks the top 10. McIntosh and Starrs Mill moved into the top 2 spots after going head to head at ATT Panther.
It didn't take very long for Clarkston's Angoras to get some love as they have rocketed to the top Boys spot after winning at Bob Blastow by 12 points over 2nd ranked Forsyth Central. Dunwoody's Girls placed 2nd at Berry finishing ahead of many 6A squads earning #1 in 5A Girls.
It was a hot one at Clinton Nature Preserve as 42 schools, including many of the top rated teams in their respective classes warmed up early and raced with a few surprises.. Clarkston's Boys came out strong winning their race as did Woodward. Forsyth Central displayed their strength placing 2nd behind Clarkston. Alex Murfee had the quickest Boys time in 15:54. Blessed Trinity's girls bested St.Pius in Race 1 while Cambridge came out on top in Race 2. Kathryn Foreman as usual disapeared early having the best performance of the meet for girls in hotter conditions at 18:24.
It was business as usual for the Flowery Branch Falcons as they once again ran unselfishly, putting team ahead of individual goals winning the Boys state title scoring 84 points. Nicholas Ashmeade led the pack Saturday placing 8th in 16:55 Logan Poteet of Kell capped off a stellar season holding off challenges early and after loop 2 began winning the overall title in 16:13.
A once dominant Flowery Branch has watched its gap close as hungry teams like Clarkston, Northview, Greenbrier, Lakeside-Evans, and Sequoyah look to play spoiler. Individually, it appears to be a duel between Logan Poteet of Kell and Christian Bowles of Lakeside-Evans.
At the home of the DeKalb County meet on the Druid Hills MS course, Dunwoody, led by ace Alex Cameron fought off Lakeside-DeKalb taking the Girls 6-AAAAA region title. Those Futbol loving Clarkston boys, won their first region title in nearly 10 years besting traditional power Lakeside DeKalb by 12 points. Davis Stockwell from Lakeside secured the overall win in 16:23.
In a meet that wasn't even on the Calendar, the season's first results from DeKalb meets submitted was the County Championship held at Druid Hills MS. Its an interesting meet format as Marist has been excluded from competing for years now, leaving it to Lakeside-DeKalb to dominate nearly every Fall. But, hold on thar' Bobalooee, those dashing young men from Clarkston continued to amaze as they claimed the Boys team title and Dunwoody's girls took the team titles.