Scenes from 2019 Georgia State Cross Country Championships on Saturday.


Region 8-AAAAAAA

Collins Hill

Boys coach: Danny Harrison

Top boys runners: Colin Livingston, Jr.; Marc Petrucci, Soph.

Outlook: Livingston and Petrucci head up a team looking to improve on last year’s results.

Girls coach: Dylan Smith

Top girls runners: Sydney Bice, Sr.; Sacha Brickey, Jr.

Outlook: The Eagles will build around two upperclass runners led by Brickey, who was 16th at area and 14th at county last season.

Mill Creek

Boys coach: Andy Christie

Top boys runners: Ethan Nordman, Jr.; Jake Peters, Jr.; Caleb Carrillo de Albornoz, Sr.; Aidan Van Derhei, Sr.; Lance Wells, Sr.; Joseph Kim, Jr.; Shazeb Rashid, Jr.; Caleb Deriso, Jr.

Outlook: The Mill Creek goals include improving its finishes at the season’s key meets, including county (fifth last year) and state (11th last year). Christie thinks the Hawks’ summer work ethic puts them on the right path to achieve those missions. Three of the team’s top four finishers at the 2019 state meet have graduated, but Nordman is back after taking 50th in Class AAAAAAA as a sophomore.

Girls coach: Michael Sexton

Top girls runners: Isabelle Hahn, Sr.; Edith Kahiga, Sr.; Jordyn Purnell, Sr.; Kate Scales, Jr.; Sarah Chau, Soph.; Andrea Montes, Sr.

Outlook: The Hawks hope to make an impact at the county and state meets with most of their top seven from last season back in the lineup. They were 10th at state in 2019 behind Hahn (21st at state), Kahiga (39th) and Purnell (55th). Mill Creek will surround that trio with a promising group of younger runners.

Mountain View

Boys coach: Donald Macoy

Top boys runners: Andrew Giacolone, Sr.; Logan Sanders, Sr.; Jorge Beccera, Sr.; Marcus Lasey, Jr.; Sam Kim, Jr.; Ian Sierzant, Sr.

Outlook: The Bears plan to push for a state berth with four returners back from last year’s top six. Macoy has been pleased with his core group’s summer work, which he hopes will pay off later in the season.

Girls coach: Lindsey McDaniel

Top girls runner: Kallie Henderson, Soph.

Outlook: Graduation took a big group of senior runners and put the Bears in rebuilding mode. Among the graduation losses was Madison Watts, 12th at state last season.

North Gwinnett

Boys coach: John Rowland

Top boys runners: Will Collett, Jr.; Matthew Drane, Jr.; Cole Hambacker, Jr.; Michael Maron, Sr.; Yianni Pothoulakis, Jr.; Aiden Streleckis, Sr.; Steven Vacha, Sr.

Outlook: The Bulldogs will be led by Maron and Pothoulakis, who are the top two returning runners from last year's team. The other top runners were all members of the state qualifying team from last year and have big meet experience, leaving a goal of improving on their finish at state.

Girls coach: John Rowland

Top girls runners: Avery Clabaugh, Soph.; Marianna Gazzara, Jr.; Jewel Lewis, Sr.; Ari Meyer, Jr.; Tori Meyer, Soph.; Reese Robertson, Sr.; Abby Snyder, Sr.; Maddy Tilson, Soph.

Outlook: The Bulldogs will be led by seniors Lewis, Robertson and Snyder, all first-team all-county runners. The coaches like the combination of experience and solid newcomers, and think they are the keys to the Bulldogs returning to the prominence of years past.

Peachtree Ridge

Boys coach: Logan Vaupel

Top boys runner: Aldi Susanto, Sr.

Outlook: Vaupel takes over a program looking for a return to its past successes.

Girls coach: Logan Vaupel

Top girls runners: Zoe Torio, Sr.; Laney Pierce, Soph.

Outlook: Torio and Pierce have led the way early for Vaupel’s first Peachtree Ridge team.

Region 7-AAAAAAA


Boys coach: John McCartney

Top boys runners: Sebasthian Rodriguez, Sr.; Skylar Taylor, Sr.; Miles Ferguson, Jr.; Steven McCartney, Soph.

Outlook: Archer lost Daily Post runner of the year Myles Collins, last year’s state champion, to graduation, but it still aims to better last year’s eighth-place team finish at state. John McCartney likes the progress of his top four runners, who ended February with an average 3,200-meter time of 9 minutes, 50 seconds. Rodriguez was 20th in the state last year, Steven McCartney was 39th, Taylor was 59th and Ferguson was 78th.

Girls coach: John McCartney

Top girls runners: Ashley Annis, Sr.; Lahna Wempner, Sr.; Katie Bonilla, Jr.; Emily Cragin, Soph.; Emmy Miner, Soph.; Paige Sandidge, Fr.

Outlook: The graduation losses included Sarah McCartney, the 2019 county champion, but the Tigers still have high hopes for the season. Cragin and Sandidge have led the pack during the summer, while Annis typically runs her best late in the season — she is the top returning finisher from 2019 state, where she was 79th. Archer was 16th at state last year.


Boys coach: Emily Santowski

Top boys runners: Carlos Tavera, Jr.; Daniel de los Santos, Jr.; Daniel Tellez, Jr.; Donovan Salinas, Jr.; Ismail Mohammed, Sr.

Outlook: Five returning runners offer promise of a strong 2020 season.

Girls coach: Rosina Diaz

Top girls runners: Mariela Ruiz, Soph.; Yessica Rios, Jr.

Outlook: Ruiz and Rios will lead a lineup of new Patriot runners this season.


Boys coach: Wesley Etienne

Top boys runners: Jorge Patino, Sr.; Anthony Stefanie, Sr.; Nadiri Morrison, Sr.

Outlook: New head coach Etienne, after a successful stint at Clarkston, hopes to give the Titans the best season of their young history.

Girls coach: Wesley Etienne

Top girls runners: Sol Mendoza, Sr.; Taylor Watkins, Jr.

Outlook: Discovery’s girls also are in search of the program’s best season with two experienced runners back, including Mendoza, the Titans’ first state qualifier in the sport.


Boys coach: Steve Fairchild

Top boys runners: Eryc McIntosh, Sr.; Eric Snyder, Sr.; James Balbuena, Jr.

Outlook: Fairchild is counting on McIntosh and Snyder to be leaders of a young team.

Girls coach: Brooke Wright

Top girls runners: Lyric Minter, Jr.; Sabrina Mejia, Jr.; Kaitlyn Park, Soph.; Riley Johnson, Jr.; Gracie Flores, Jr.; Destyni Gibson, Jr.

Outlook: The Wildcats’ work ethic this summer has impressed Wright. Duluth figures to be more competitive in a new region.


Boys coach: Alec Kraynak

Top boys runners: Alexis Medrano, Jr.; Jose Sierra, Jr.; Khoi Duong, Sr.

Outlook: Three upperclassmen look to lead the way for the Mustangs this season.

Girls coach: Maria Coughlin

Top girls runners: Sandra Diaz, Sr.; Makalia Joseph, Soph.; Sariah Udeochu, Soph.

Outlook: Coughlin plans to build the team with Diaz and two younger runners in Joseph and Udeochu.


Boys coach: Nathaniel Brooks

Top boys runners: Miguel Schlicht, Sr.; Yonas Chimbanda, Sr.; Elliott Januzelli, Sr.; Delfino Juarez, Sr.; Eric Van Ness, Sr.

Outlook: Norcross won its first area/region title last season since 1982, and a senior-laden roster is after a repeat performance. The Blue Devils also want to improve on a seventh-place finish at the state meet.

Girls coach: Katherine Yost

Top girls runners: Claudia Gatti, Sr.; Ana Yerbabuena, Sr.; Yosverani Solis, Sr.; Kyra Andrews, Soph.

Outlook: Yost expects a great season from the Blue Devils, citing the most determination she has seen during her tenure. Gatti already lowered her fastest time of 2019 during a preseason time trial, and Solis made a big jump in the lineup to No. 3 at the time trial.

Region 4-AAAAAAA


Boys coach: Ben Dehnke

Top boys runners: Will Bray, Sr.; Jackson Harper, Sr.; Seth Wheeler, Sr.; Kadin McAllister, Fr.; Benjamin Roberts, Jr.; Jonah Harper, Jr.; Peyton Harley, Soph.; Marshall Bray, Soph.; Obed Adhanom, Jr.; Kingsley Doyle, Jr.

Outlook: Dehnke likes leadership of his small, but talented, senior class, which showed an example of work ethic to the younger runners in the offseason. Behind those seniors are four juniors, two sophomores and a freshman in the Broncos’ top 10. Because of that youth, Dehnke is excited to see the improvement from start to finish in 2020.

Girls coach: Chris Carter

Top girls runners: Allie Wardle, Soph.; Shari Gasper, Sr.; Cindy Huynh, Sr.; Hannah Mobley, Jr.; Emma Ingalls, Sr.; Jillian Rovie, Soph.; Trinity Thurman, Fr.; Macy Felton, Soph.; Emma Rhodes, Sr.; Lux Corrona, Sr.; M.K. Aarts, Jr.; T'Naisha Cox, Sr.

Outlook: Wardle (36th at state) had a strong freshman season and seniors like Gasper and Ingalls (38th at state) will lead a team that features a lot of new runners in the varsity lineup. The Broncos, a Gwinnett-best seventh in Class AAAAAAA last season, lost Reese Saddler (14th at state last year) to graduation.


Boys coach: Abby Self

Top boys runners: Andrew Byron, Sr.; Paul Duncan, Soph.; Nate Taylor, Sr.

Outlook: Grayson was 21st in Class AAAAAAA, but must replace top runner Chris Cherono, a graduation loss. Taylor was the Rams’ No. 2 finisher at state last year in 110th place.

Girls coach: Abby Self

Top girls runner: Virginia Pastor, Soph.

Outlook: The Rams, 21st at state last season, bring back Pastor, who finished a team-best 116th in Class AAAAAAA as a freshman.


Boys coach: Mike Demarest

Top boys runners: Caden Hall, Jr.; Andrew Todd, Sr.; Heyabel Tekle, Sr.; Antonio Valenti, Sr.; Martin Robles, Jr.; Jack Holcomb, Soph.; Xavier Turner, Jr.; Ben Tesfai, Sr.; Nahom Kibreab, Sr.

Outlook: Hall, Todd and Tekle, along with California move-in Valenti, emerged as the top four runners in summer mileage. Hall was 18th at state and third at area last season. Robles, Holcomb and Turner are vying for the key fifth spot in the lineup. The Panthers were ninth in the state last season.

Girls coach: Mike Demarest

Top girls runners: Abi Debebe, Soph.; Emma Geaney, Jr.; Haley Primm, Soph.; Jaimie Chen, Jr.; Abby Hall, Jr.; Rebecca Harcourt, Jr.; Lily Tinker, Soph.; Zhari Maxineau, Soph.

Outlook: Last year’s senior class powered Parkview to an eighth-place finish at state, along with county and area championships, and built a foundation for this year. Debebe was an immediate standout as a freshman (31st at state, fourth at area, fifth at county). Geaney has been step for step with Debebe during the summer, while Primm, Chen and Hall also have excelled in the summer.

South Gwinnett

Boys coach: Lakesha Stripling

Top boys runners: Jeffrey McFarland, Sr.; Lester Jaimes, Sr.; Rafael Gabino-Salas, Soph.; Ethan Collins, Soph.; Deontrae Frazier, Fr.; Emmanuel Fitsum, Sr.; Cornelius Dawson, Sr.

Outlook: A solid stable of seven core runners is a nice start for the Comets heading into 2020.

Girls coach: Lakesha Stripling

Top girls runners: Ava Sellers, Soph.; Kylah Threlkeld, Jr.; Chloe Newman, Sr.

Outlook: South looks to build up its program behind the trio of Sellers, Threlkeld and Newman.


Region 8-AAAAAA


Boys coach: Matt Johnson

Top boys runners: Carter Hales, Soph.; James Morgan, Sr.; Joseph Davis, Soph.; Braden Schmid, Soph.; Noah Johnson, Soph.; Zach Davidson, Sr.

Outlook: Buford is working to better a 24th-place showing at state in 2019. Hales is the top returning finisher from last year’s state team — he was 115th as a freshman.

Girls coach: Matt Johnson

Top girls runners: Carolyn Calzada, Jr.; Caroline Montini, Sr.; Hayden Bailey, Soph.; Leah Madsen, Jr.

Outlook: A talented lineup gives the Wolves hope of improving on last year’s 17th-place finish at state. Calzada was 45th at state (second on the team) last season, and Bailey was 96th as a freshman.

Central Gwinnett

Boys coach: Marlin Dayoub

Top boys runner: Alex Carlson

Outlook: Carlson, a junior, is back to lead a Black Knights program that aims to be competitive in 2020.

Girls coach: Marlin Dayoub

Top girls runners: Faith Philip; Nayeli Cruces

Outlook: Central looks to build a solid team around Philip and Cruces, two experienced leaders.


Boys coach: Matt King

Top boys runners: Ben Butcher, Sr.; Hayden Squires, Jr.; Mcdonald Tandoh, Sr.; Tyler Farris, Jr.; Daniel Blomgren, Sr.; C.J. Barefoot, Jr.

Outlook: King was impressed with the Falcons’ summer work and faster times in the preseason. The team was 13th at state last season behind Butcher, who was 11th individually. He also won the region title and was county runner-up in 2019.

Girls coach: Katy McCorkle

Top girls runners: Karsyn Rodney, Jr.; Stephanie Beltran, Sr.; Sarah Makarevic, Jr.; Samantha Carrera, Soph.; Samantha Smolarsky, Soph.; Rebecca Ogden, Sr.

Outlook: The entire varsity team, 14th at state last year, returns for 2020. A deep lineup of experienced runners and newcomers have the Falcons looking to crack into the top 10 at state. Rodney (11th at state, third at region, seventh at county last year) is back to lead the way.


Boys coaches: Rob Blaszkiewicz, Bob Gardner

Top boys runners: Nick Phillips; Gavin Lynch; Ian Toole; Jacob Blakely; Kyle Foster

Outlook: The boys team, 12th at state last year, is after a program first — a top-10 finish at the state meet. Two seniors, Phillips and Lynch, will lead the Longhorns. Phillips was 55th at state last year, Toole was 66th and Lynch was 83rd.

Girls coaches: Bob Gardner, Rob Blaszkiewicz

Top girls runners: Annette Rodriguez; Katie Kress; Sara Seid; Makayla Bowman; Erika Conzo; Emily Chamberlin; Emely Carbajal; Prielle Zafft

Outlook: The girls also are shooting for a top-10 finish at state for the first time after placing 15th last season. The girls have slightly more depth than the boys team with a lineup that returns Kress (67th at state last year) and Rodriguez (93rd).


Boys coach: Hayes Mohney

Top boys runners: Semon Tekklemariam; Nathan Solomon; Edward Chakkalapadavil; Adem Jemal; Andy Salgado; Naod Mahray

Outlook: After placing 19th in Class AAAAAAA, the Generals hope for even better as they drop down a classification this season. The returning runners include Solomon (29th at state last year) and Mahray (75th).

Girls coach: Hayes Mohney

Outlook: The Shiloh coaches are rebuilding the girls program for this season and beyond.

Class AAA

Region 5-AAA

Greater Atlanta Christian

Boys coach: Brad Kinser

Top boys runners: Parker Hallock, Sr.; Zachary Mitchell, Sr.; Alex Craig, Jr.; Trey Woolley, Jr.; Colton Harsh, Soph.; Addison Alsobrook, Soph.

Outlook: The Spartans will compete in a tough new region, but should field a quality team. The returning runners include Hallock, who was 31st at state last season, and Craig, who was 45th.

Girls coach: Brad Kinser

Outlook: Kinser, in his 32nd year, is in rebuilding mode with an inexperienced girls roster.

Class A Private

Region 5-A


Boys coach: Mike Taylor

Top boys runners: Jackson Hackney, Sr.; Garrett Meek, Sr.; Gabe Brooks, Jr.; Erich Hutchison, Jr.; Seth Gunji, Jr.; Noah Donatucci, Soph.; Luke Liggin, Soph.

Outlook: The Lions hope to reach state with a solid group of returning runners, including seniors Hackney and Meek.

Girls coach: Mike Taylor

Top girls runners: Brooke Browning, Jr.; Ellie Brewer, Jr.; Georgia Piper, Jr.; Sydney Whalen, Sr.; Madison Alcon, Jr.; Emily Brownlee, Jr.; Carson McKee, Sr.

Outlook: Hebron’s girls, seventh at state last year, could field one of its best teams. It helps that Browning, third at state as a sophomore, is back. Piper (21st), Whalen (60th), Alcon (66th), McKee (77th) and Brownlee (85th) also were top finishers in Class A Private last year.


Boys coach: Ian Chadwick

Top boys runners: Did not report

Girls coach: Ian Chadwick

Top girls runners: Did not report


Boys coach: Chad McDaniel

Top boys runners: Mac Howie, Sr.; Stafford McDaniel, Jr.; Braden DeBow, Sr.; Shane Kelly, Sr.; Fletcher Morris, Sr.; Christopher Izzo, Soph.

Outlook: A third straight state championship in Class A Private won’t be easy, but the Wolves are equipped well for the challenge. Six of the top seven runners are back, led by Howie (fourth at state last year) and Stafford McDaniel (seventh at state). Other key runners back are Debow (11th at state), Kelly (20th at state), Morris (30th at state) and Izzo (46th at state).

Girls coach: Chad McDaniel

Top girls runners: Bella Tucker, Sr.; Sophie Villa, Jr.; Danielle Kelly, Jr.; Palmer Louthan, Jr.; Kendrick Archer, Jr.; Caitlin Kelly, Sr.

Outlook: Another top-notch season is expected for Wesleyan, which was third in the state last season. Five of the top seven runners are back from the 2019 team, including Tucker (16th at state) and Villa (17th at state). Louthan (30th at state), Danielle Kelly (33rd at state) and Archer (42nd at state) also return.

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