BOYS

Name: Tristan Autry

School: Parkview

Class: Senior

College choices: Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Northern Arizona, Adams State

Twitter handle: @TristanAAutry

5K PR: 15:42

Favorite course to run: McAlpine

Least favorite course to run: McIntosh Nature Preserve

What I think about during training runs: What I’m going to eat next

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Archer’s Myles Collins

Favorite class: Physics

Favorite teacher: Coach Mike Demarest

Favorite athlete: Craig Engels

Favorite restaurant: Joe’s BBQ & Foot Massage

Noteworthy:

• Placed 13th at state as a junior

• Also was fifth at area and 11th at county

Coach Mike Demarest’s take: “Tristan established himself last spring as one of the best runners in Georgia. He had a really strong summer and team camp, is healthy and has huge goals for his senior season. He's incredibly self-motivated and has been a great teammate and influence on his peers. Whichever school he selects to study and compete for will be fortunate to have such a well-rounded person on campus.”

Name: Will Bray

School: Brookwood

Class: Junior

College choice: Georgia Tech

Twitter handle: @willbray1

5K PR: 15:59

Favorite course to run: Carrollton

Least favorite course to run: Darlington XC Festival

What I think about during training runs: Trying to remember all the words to “The Real Slim Shady”

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Brookwood’s Luke McNeil

Favorite class: Physics

Favorite teacher: Dan Miller

Favorite athlete: Matthew Centrowitz

Favorite restaurant: Five Guys

Noteworthy:

• Was third at area as a sophomore and fifth at county

• Took 27th at state

Coach Ben Dehnke’s take: “Will has all of the attributes you want in a distance runner. He is a highly motivated, hard-working athlete who leads by example and stays positive in the midst of adversity. He is also a ferocious competitor who thrives under pressure. The varsity experience that he gained as a sophomore will be a valuable tool for him and our whole team as we get started with our competitive season.”

Name: Ben Butcher

School: Dacula

Class: Junior

College choice: Undecided

Twitter handle: @_benbutcher

5K PR: 16:25

Favorite course to run: Alexander/Asics

Least favorite course to run: Pickens

What I think about during training runs: How much longer I have until the next mile

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Archer’s Myles Collins and my fellow Dacula teammates

Favorite class: Chemistry

Favorite teacher: Jessica Napier

Favorite athlete: Lacrosse player Matt Morgenroth

Favorite restaurant: Chick-fil-A

Noteworthy:

• Finished 12th at last year’s state meet

• Also was area runner-up and fourth at county

Coach Matt King’s take: “Ben is an incredible, hard-working and committed runner who strives to become better each day. He is a pleasure to coach and has really come into his own this past year learning how to really race and train. He continues to improve his times each year and works very hard, following the established plan. Ben is developing into a team leader and striving to encourage each runner. With his running passion, he is going to continue to develop into a great person and runner.”

Name: Chris Cherono

School: Grayson

Class: Senior

College choice: Georgia Tech

Twitter handle: None

5K PR: 15:44

Favorite course to run: Georgia International Horse Park

Least favorite course to run: No such thing as a bad course

What I think about during training runs: Should I add another mile to make it even?

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Archer’s Myles Collins

Favorite class: AP physics

Favorite teacher: Mrs. McNeill

Favorite athlete: Grayson’s Ty Freeman

Favorite restaurant: Chick-fil-A

Noteworthy:

• Placed ninth at the 2018 state meet

• Won the area title and was runner-up at county

Coach Abby Self’s take: “Chris is an overall excellent person. There is nothing bad anybody could say about him. Chris is very smart, extremely hardworking, caring and always has the greatest smile on his face. The charisma and dedication he brings to the team is like no other and he keeps the team motivated. I have no doubt, that Chris is going to go on to do amazing things in his future.”

Name: Myles Collins

School: Archer

Class: Senior

College choice: Undecided

Twitter handle: @MylesCollins24

5K PR: 15:28

Favorite course to run: Asics Foxhall Sporting Club

Least favorite course to run: The Westminster School’s cross country course

What I think about during training runs: Achieving a state championship

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Grayson’s Chris Cherono and Brookwood’s Luke McNeil

Favorite class: Business communications

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Collins

Favorite athlete: Kobe Bryant

Favorite restaurant: Chick-fil-A

Noteworthy:

• Finished fifth at the state meet as a junior

• Also took second at area and third at county

Coach John McCartney’s take: “Myles has lofty goals set for his senior cross country season. Myles has shown a very good focus on sticking with and trusting the plan to reach those goals. A couple setbacks this summer will force him to extend his summer training throughout the month of August and until the Gwinnett County Championships. This decision may have turned out to be a blessing, as his varsity teammates will also stick with Myles and the plan. Peaking for state and Foot Locker is the name of the game in 2019. Myles is the captain, and he wants the team to excel. He’s very encouraging to all the boys with subtle fist pumps without any hoopla. Myles excels in the classroom and represents Archer in a school leadership capacity. Myles will be a great leader in whichever direction he chooses to go. His college options grow almost weekly.”

Name: Luke McNeil

School: Brookwood

Class: Senior

College choice: Georgia

Twitter handle: None

5K PR: 15:57

Favorite course to run: State course in Carrollton

Least favorite course to run: Georgia International Horse Park

What I think about during training runs: Food

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Brookwood’s Will Bray

Favorite class: Team Sports

Favorite teacher: Coach Chris Cicora

Favorite athlete: LeBron James

Favorite restaurant: Zaxby’s

Noteworthy:

• Fourth at state as a junior

• Also placed sixth at area and seventh at county

Coach Ben Dehnke’s take: “Luke is a humble leader who has a wealth of experience, as he has led our team since his sophomore year. While doing so, he celebrates the success of his teammates regardless of his personal success. Additionally, Luke has a tremendous competitive spirit. He performs his best when the stakes are high. He is beloved by his team, and he is really driven to pursue team success in this, his senior year.”

GIRLS

Name: Brooke Browning

School: Hebron Christian

Class: Sophomore

College choice: Undecided

Twitter handle: Don’t have one

5K PR: 19:42

Favorite course to run: Coach Wood Invitational

Least favorite course to run: Wingfoot

What I think about during training runs: What’s for dinner? What’s for dessert?

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Archer’s Sarah McCartney

Favorite class: Math

Favorite teacher: My seventh grade science teacher, Coach Terrence Melton

Favorite athlete: Colleen Quigley

Favorite restaurant: P.F. Chang’s

Noteworthy:

• Finished sixth at state as a freshman

• Also won area championship and was seventh at county

Coach Mike Taylor’s take: “I have coached Brooke since sixth grade and running cross country came pretty easy to her from the start. Brooke was a really good runner before eighth grade and then in eighth and ninth grade she just took off. She started putting in more miles and training harder and running started to click for her. Brooke is very competitive and always wants to improve on her last race. She is extremely level headed and mentally tough and I believe the sky is the limit as far as how good she can get. I am truly blessed to have the privilege of coaching Brooke.”

Name: Sarah McCartney

School: Archer

Class: Senior

College choice: Undecided

Twitter handle: N/A

5K PR: 19:34

Favorite course to run: Georgia International Horse Park

Least favorite course to run: Clara Bowl

What I think about during training runs: The upcoming race that weekend

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Hebron’s Brooke Browning

Favorite class: Science

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Mayfield

Favorite athlete: Emma Coburn

Favorite restaurant: Suki

Noteworthy:

• Area runner-up and third at county last season

• Finished 39th at the state meet

Coach John McCartney’s take: “Sarah has worked extremely hard since her disappointment at the state cross country meet last year due to sickness. Major improvements in track have given her the motivation to make continued gains this fall. Her recent even-paced 5K on the Archer track in 18:55 indicates her fitness level is right where it needs to be for her to reach her cross country goals.”

Name: Georgia Piper

School: Hebron Christian

Class: Sophomore

College choice: Undecided

Twitter handle: None

5K PR: 19:49

Favorite course to run: Coach Wood Invitational

Least favorite course to run: Battle of Atlanta

What I think about during training runs: Correcting my form and replaying races in my head to see what I can change to perform better at the next competition

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Mountain View’s Maddie Watts

Favorite class: Yearbook

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Kelsey Mruck

Favorite athlete: Colleen Quigley

Favorite restaurant: Moe’s

Noteworthy:

• Finished ninth at state as a freshman

• Also third at area and 13th at county

Coach Mike Taylor’s take: “I have coached Georgia since sixth grade and running cross country was difficult for her in her first season. Georgia started to figure out running by eighth grade and found something she really loved. She worked really hard the summer before ninth grade and improved by leaps and bounds. Georgia has found her gift and truly loves to run. I have no doubt Georgia will continue to improve because she is always looking for ways to make herself better. I am excited to see Georgia reach her potential as her high school career is just getting going. I am honored to coach Georgia this season.”

Name: Karsyn Rodney

School: Dacula

Class: Sophomore

College choice: Undecided

Twitter handle: @rodney_karsyn

5K PR: 20:06

Favorite course to run: State course

Least favorite course to run: Wingfoot

What I think about during training runs: I think of getting Zaxby’s afterward

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Hebron’s Brooke Browning

Favorite class: PE

Favorite teacher: Coach Carter

Favorite athlete: Katelyn Tuohy

Favorite restaurant: Fernando’s

Noteworthy:

• Finished ninth at the 2018 state meet

• Also placed third in the area

Coach Matt King’s take: “Karsyn is an incredible, competitive runner who loves to get out and race. She works very hard and has already learned the attributes needed to continue to improve. She has an unbelievable positive attitude, which becomes contagious to all of her teammates. Karsyn has a very bright future ahead of her and we expect great things from her in the future.”

Name: Reese Saddler

School: Brookwood

Class: Senior

College choice: Undecided

Twitter handle: N/A

5K PR: 19:16

Favorite course to run: Georgia International Horse Park

Least favorite course to run: Coach Wood Invitational

What I think about during training runs: I try to focus on a PR goal for the season

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Madison Watts from Mountain View, but there are so many good runners in Gwinnett that it’s hard to pick just one

Favorite class: AP United States History

Favorite teacher: Ms. Gudger

Favorite athlete: Serena Williams

Favorite restaurant: J’s Mini Hot Pot

Noteworthy:

• Placed 17th at last year’s state meet

• Also finished as area runner-up and fourth at county

Coach Chris Carter’s take: “Reese has been a mainstay in our varsity lineup for four years now. She brings a lot of great racing experience to our team. She's also done a good job of embracing the younger girls on our team. She works very hard, and I'm very excited to see what she can accomplish this year.”

Name: Madison Watts

School: Mountain View

Class: Senior

College choice: Georgia or Georgia State

Twitter handle: @madisonewatts

5K PR: 19:13

Favorite course to run: The North Georgia Championships race in Jefferson

Least favorite course to run: The Berry College Invitational or our time trials course at Little Mulberry Park

What I think about during training runs: Anything! From races to music, my mind is constantly running along with my legs.

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Sarah McCartney from Archer, she’s a beast!

Favorite class: I love my theatre and orchestra classes

Favorite teacher: It’s a tie between my theatre teacher Mrs. Ankiel and my orchestra teacher Ms. Glasgow

Favorite athlete: Simone Biles

Favorite restaurant: Fusion Asian Bistro off of Braselton Highway

Noteworthy:

• Finished 10th at the Class AAAAAAA state meet

• Placed third at area and runner-up at county

Coach Lindsey McDaniel’s take: “Madison is an all-around great athlete, student and person. She is a gifted runner and I think she will accomplish some really great things this season. She is also equally talented in theatre and very active in our program here, often juggling both cross country training and theatre rehearsals during the fall. Maddie is always smiling, always positive, and just a fun person to be around. I think she will be a great leader for our young team this year.”

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