Mountain View’s Madison Watts runs down a hill at last year’s state championship meet.




Boys coach: Nicholas Schofer

Top boys runners: Ismail Mohammed, Jr.; Diego Martinez, Sr.; Yoel Araya, Soph.

Outlook: Berkmar hopes to climb up the area standings with some experienced runners back. Mohammed leads the way after a 46th-place finish at last year’s area meet.

Girls coach: Rosina Diaz

Top girls runners: Devani Rodriguez, Sr.; Ashley Fuentes, Sr.; Itzel Medina, Sr.

Outlook: The girls also hope to move up in the area, and also have their top returning finisher back from area in Rodriguez, who was 47th at area in 2018.


Boys coach: Ben Dehnke

Top boys runners: Luke McNeil, Sr.; Will Bray, Jr.; Seth Wheeler, Jr.; Jackson Harper, Jr.; Kai Vigardt, Sr.; Benjamin Roberts, Soph.; Wesley Jarnagin, Sr.; Cade McElhanon, Jr.; Collin Nebiker, Sr.

Outlook: Hopes are high again for the perennial power boys team, Gwinnett’s highest finisher at last year’s AAAAAAA state meet in fifth. The group returns two of the county’s top runners in McNeil (fourth at state, sixth at area, seventh at county) and Bray (27th at state, third at area, fifth at county). Wheeler (71st at state) and Nebiker (139th) also are back from the state team.

Girls coach: Chris Carter

Top girls runners: Reese Saddler, Sr.; Meredith Jones, Soph.; Emily Thisdale, Sr.; Grace Newell, Jr.; Ali McNeil, Soph.; Emma Ingalls, Jr.; Sophia Rodriguez, Jr.; Shari Gasper, Jr.; Maggie Thomas, Sr.; Jessica Evenchick, Sr.; Haley Broadnax, Soph.; Hannah Mobley, Soph.; Mary Kate Weitzel, Fr.

Outlook: The girls team was in the top 10 at state again last season, placing ninth. The top returning runner from that team is Saddler, who was 17th at state, area runner-up and fourth at county. Gasper (69th at state), Newell (86th), Rodriguez (88th) and Evenchick (105th) also are back from the 2018 state team.

Central Gwinnett

Boys coach: Demetris Riddles

Top boys runner: Edwin Resendiz, Sr.

Outlook: Resendiz (71st at area as a junior) will lead the Black Knights, who are underdogs in one of the state’s toughest areas.

Girls coach: Demetris Riddles

Top girls runners: Albe Preston, Jr.; Faith Philips, Jr.

Outlook: Central hopes to climb the standings in Area 4 with their top two finishers back from that meet, juniors Preston (76th) and Philips (74th).

Collins Hill

Boys coach: Danny Harrison

Top boys runners: Haylen Mann, Sr.; Ben Brown, Sr.

Outlook: The Eagles missed state last season, but return one of their top area finishers in Mann, who was 30th. Brown also is a returning area placer — he was 54th.

Girls coach: Dylan Smith

Top girls runner: Sacha Brickey, Soph.

Outlook: The longtime state power wants a return to the state meet after falling short last season. Brickey is the top runner back after placing 36th at area as a freshman.


Boys coach: Jess Ursprung

Top boys runners: Anthony Stefanie, Jr.; McDonald Tandoh, Jr.; Ryan Frye, Sr.

Outlook: Ursprung, a North Gwinnett grad, has a trio of upperclassmen leading the way. Tandoh was 66th at area last year, Frye was 69th and Stefanie was 73rd.

Girls coach: Jess Ursprung

Top girls runners: Sol Mendoza, Jr.; Sofia Velasquez, Jr.; Yasminn Escobedo, Jr.

Outlook: The Titans build around the school’s first state qualifier, Mendoza. The junior placed 12th at area to earn an individual qualifying spot to state, where she finished 82nd as a sophomore.


Boys coach: Steve Fairchild

Top boys runners: Matthew Finol, Sr.; Eryc McIntosh, Jr.; Jeremiah Randle, Sr.

Outlook: Finol, McIntosh and Randle return as the Wildcats chase a state meet trip. Finol is the top returning finisher from area, placing 53rd as a junior.

Girls coach: Brooke Wright

Top girls runners: Anna Cate Donelan, Soph.; Sabrina Mejia, Soph.; Lyric Minter, Soph.; Gracie Flores, Soph.

Outlook: Donelan is the Wildcats’ top returning runner, taking 33rd at the area meet. Flores (72nd) and Mejia (81st) also were area placers.


Boys coach: Jordan Bryan

Top boys runners: Michael Chun, Jr.; Angel Lazo, Jr.; Luis Neito, Sr.; Diego Padilla, Jr.; Jose Sierra, Soph.

Outlook: Bryan, an assistant the past four seasons, takes over as head coach. He inherits three runners who ran for last year’s area team, including Neito (a team-best 67th at area).

Girls coach: Alissa Koontz

Top girls runners: Milkey Ansere, Sr.; Charlotte Hope, Sr.; Trisha Huyhn, Soph.; Jovanna Mondragon, Sr.; Alexa Morales, Jr.; Mya Scott, Soph.

Outlook: The Mustangs aim for build the girls program up with the guidance of Koontz, a former Brookwood runner. She has been an assistant in the program the past two seasons.

Mill Creek

Boys coach: Andy Christie

Top boys runners: Brian Pelland, Sr.; Paul Pollock, Sr.; Ethan Nordman, Soph.; Gage McKay, Sr.; Matthew Munoz, Sr.; Caleb Carrillo de Albornoz, Jr.; Sahil Shah, Sr.

Outlook: A strong senior class aims for a higher state placement than last season when the Hawks were 15th, led by Pelland’s 25th-place finish. The program finished in the top seven at state from 2009-16 and won county in 2017.

Girls coach: Michael Sexton

Top girls runners: Isabelle Hahn, Jr.; Ana Margaret Mitchell, Jr.; Andrea Montes, Jr.

Outlook: Building on a successful 2018 season, which featured an area championship and a seventh-place finish at state, is the goal for the Hawks. The returning runners include Miller (41st at state last season) and Montes (48th).

Mountain View

Boys coach: Donald Macoy

Top boys runners: Daniel Hollander, Sr.; Andrew Giacalone, Jr.; Logan Sanders, Jr.; Jordan Hackett, Sr.; Marcus Lasey, Soph.; Owen Lamb, Sr.; Ian Sierzant, Jr.; Sam Kim, Soph.

Outlook: The Bears return nine of their top 10 runners from 2018, leaving high hopes for qualifying for state this season.

Girls coach: Lindsey McDaniel

Top girls runner: Madison Watts, Sr.

Outlook: The Bears were 16th at state last season despite an injury to their No. 1 runner and the Daily Post’s Runner of the Year, Chloe Hetherington. Hetherington is now at Georgia Tech, but Watts is back to lead the way — she was 10th at state and county runner-up last year.


Boys coach: Nathaniel Brooks

Top boys runners: Gabriel Schlicht, Sr.; Miguel Schlict, Jr.; Joseph Winters, Soph.; Elliot Januzelli, Jr.; Eric Van Ness, Jr.

Outlook: Norcross broke a five-year drought to reach the state meet last year, finishing eighth. The Blue Devils figure to be among the state’s best this season with experience back on the roster.

Girls coach: Katherine Yost

Top girls runners: Merritt Blum, Sr.; Claudia Gatti, Jr.; Ana Yerbabuena, Jr.

Outlook: The girls look to improve on last year’s 14th-place finish at state behind veteran runners Blum (59th at state last season), Gatti (64th) and Yerbabuena (84th).

North Gwinnett

Boys coach: John Rowland

Top boys runners: Will Collett, Soph.; Josh Dryden, Jr.; Roman Dzikowski, Sr.; Michael Maron, Jr.; Carter Patton, Sr.; Yianni Pothoulakis, Soph.

Outlook: North, 19th at state in 2018, returns top runners Maron, Patton and Dzikowski, as well as young runners who improved late last season in Collett, Dryden and Pothoulakis. Maron was the Bulldogs’ best finisher by far at state last season, taking 53rd.

Girls coach: John Rowland

Top girls runners: Marianna Gazzara, Soph.; Lily Gowens, Jr.; Erica Hambacker, Sr.; Lexi Kulzer, Soph.; Makenna Kulzer, Sr.; Ari Meyer, Soph.; Reese Robertson, Jr.; Abby Snyder, Jr.

Outlook: The girls finished 12th at state and won the county championship last season. They return 3,200-meter run track state qualifiers Makenna Kulzer (46th at state in cross country last year) and Hambacker, as well as Snyder and Robertson, who were on the winning county team.


Boys coach: Mike Demarest

Top boys runners: Tristan Autry, Sr.; Trey Durden, Sr.; Noah Fann, Sr.; Carter Stowell, Sr.; Brian Graham, Sr.; Yonatan Tekle, Sr.; Andrew Todd, Jr.; Heyabel Tekle, Jr.; Caden Hall, Soph.

Outlook: The Panthers return one of Georgia’s best runners in Autry (13th in Class AAAAAAA last year), along with a number of talented runners ready to best last year’s 10th-place finish at state.

Girls coach: Mike Demarest

Top girls runners: Claire Mills, Sr.; Elise Musser, Sr.; Kendal Sparks, Sr.; Wendy Jazo, Sr.; Gabby Draper, Sr.; Sulma Ramos, Sr.; Emma Geaney, Soph.; Abby Hall, Soph.

Outlook: The girls narrowly missed qualifying for state last season, but they return nine of their top 10 runners and they have goals of a top finish at this year’s championship meet.

Peachtree Ridge

Boys coach: Casey Ramel

Top boys runners: Sam Vitale, Sr.; Jorge Vargas, Sr.; Drew Fitton, Sr.; Thomas Kennedy, Sr.; Tucker Balch, Jr.; Adam Jones, Jr.; Nathan Landry, Soph.

Outlook: Graduation took three-time Daily Post Runner of the Year, but new head coach Ramel thinks his first Lions team will have an impressive pack. Balch (50th at area), Kennedy (55th) and Jones (60th) are back after finishing strong last season.

Girls coach: Casey Ramel

Top girls runners: Karley McNeill, Sr.; Zoë Torio, Jr.; Laney Pierce, Fr.; Grace Neiconi, Jr.; Amanda Pittman, Jr.; Lydia Nickell, Jr.; Johanna Yonothan, Sr.; Savannah Perry, Sr.; Livi Adams, Fr.; Adriana Ruiz, Fr.

Outlook: The future of the girls program looks bright for the present and for the future, thanks to 24 freshmen runners. McNeill (53rd at area), Torio (60th) and Perry (62nd) are among the top returnees.



Boys coach: John McCartney

Top boys runners: Myles Collins, Sr.; Sebastian Rodriguez, Jr.; Skylar Taylor, Jr.; Steven McCartney, Fr.; Justin King, Sr.; Harristh Lateef, Sr.; Evan Miner, Jr.; Jacob Holtzclaw, Soph.; Miles Ferguson, Soph.

Outlook: Archer, 14th at state last year, will build around Collins, Gwinnett’s top distance runner in track last spring and a fifth-place finisher at the 2018 state cross country meet. Rodriguez was the team’s No. 2 finisher at last year’s state meet in 36th place.

Girls coach: John McCartney

Top girls runners: Sarah McCartney, Sr.; Ashley Annis, Jr.; Sarah Spivey, Sr.; Braeley Hipp, Sr.; Lahna Wempner, Jr.; Tiffany Gonzalez, Jr.; Katie Bonilla, Soph.; Emily Cragin, Fr.

Outlook: The girls team will build around Sarah McCartney, who had Gwinnett’s top 1,600- and 3,200-meter times in the spring during track season. She was 39th at state, third at area and second at county in cross country as a junior. Annis (65th in AAAAAAA) is the only other runner back who ran at state, where Archer placed 11th, in 2018.


Boys coach: Abby Self

Top boys runners: Chris Cherono, Sr.; Will Clack, Sr.; Andrew Byron, Jr.; Ty Freeman, Sr.

Outlook: Grayson snuck into the top 10 at state last year in ninth place, a finish it hopes to improve this year. Hopes are high with the program’s top two runners back — Cherono (ninth at state) and Freeman (18th).

Girls coach: Abby Self

Top girls runners: Gracie Botsford, Sr.; Madison Lard, Sr.; Lauren Lee, Jr.; Virginia Pastor, Fr.

Outlook: The Rams were 20th at last year’s state meet, and aim for a return to Carrollton this season. Top runner Eva Ross graduated, leaving Botsford (110th at state) as the top returning state finisher from 2018.


Boys coach: Hayes Mohney

Top boys runners: Nathan Solomon, Soph.; Semon Teklemariam, Soph.; Allan Bahr, Jr.; Isaac Johnson, Jr.; Nathan Tesfayi, Sr.

Outlook: The boys must replace top finisher Robert Cranston (17th individually) from a team that was 17th at last year’s state meet. Of the returning runners, Solomon had the best finish at the AAAAAAA meet, taking 63rd as a freshman.

Girls coach: Hayes Mohney

Top girls runners: Alejandra Alvarez, Sr.; Ania Polk, Sr.; Dayanara Castenada Reyes, Jr.; Michelle Lopez, Sr.; Olivia Satchell, Jr.

Outlook: A return to the state meet is the goal for the Generals, who were 23rd in Carrollton last season. The lineup will look different, though, after losing most of the state team to graduation.

South Gwinnett

Top boys runners: Did not report

Outlook: N/A

Top girls runners: Did not report

Outlook: N/A


Region 8-AAAAAA


Boys coach: Matt King

Top boys runners: Ben Butcher, Jr.; Hayden Squires, Soph.; Sebastian Savage, Sr.; Tyler Jenny, Sr.

Outlook: The boys finished 11th at state in 2018, leaving a top-10 finish as a goal this year. Butcher is back to lead the way after finishing 12th at state, second at area and fourth at county.

Girls coach: Allyson Fields

Top girls runners: Karsyn Rodney, Soph.; Sarah Makarevic, Soph.; Stephanie Beltran, Jr.; Brinley Rawson, Jr.; McKeely Fortune, Sr.

Outlook: The girls reached state last season, finishing 17th. They must replace the graduated Andi Wells (22nd at state), but return their top performer from state in Rodney, who was ninth.


Boys coach: Bob Gardner

Top boys runners: Luke Cranor, Sr.; Nick Phillips, Jr.; Gavin Lynch, Jr.; Ian Toole, Jr.; Bhaven Desai, Sr.; Joey Smith, Sr.; Jacob Blakely, Soph.; Kyle Foster, Fr.; Jonathan Marcelo, Soph.; Tyler Sioelski, Sr.

Outlook: Lanier hopes to improve on last year’s 17th-place finish at state. Its top finisher at state, Eduardo Alvarez-Flores, graduated, but Toole, Phillips, Lynch and Smith got experience in Carrollton last season.

Girls coach: Bob Gardner

Top girls runners: Katie Kress, Jr.; Alyssa Willis, Soph.; Makayla Bowman, Soph.; Emily Chamberlin, Soph.; Annette Rodriguez, Jr.; Beth Stiltner, Sr.; Sara Seid, Soph.; Natalie Erwin, Sr.; Faith Mani, Soph.

Outlook: Kress (96th at state) is the top returner for a girls team that was 22nd in AAAAAA. Chamberlin (122nd), Willis (129th) and Bowman (164th) joined Kress on the team that ran at state.


Region 8-AAAAA


Boys coach: Matt Johnson

Top boys runners: R.J. Mazurek, Soph.; Ben Archer, Sr.; Zach Davidson, Jr.; James Morgan, Jr.; Brendon Allen, Sr.

Outlook: Buford’s boys are coming off an 11th-place finish at state. They return two of their top three finishers at state in Archer (45th at state) and Mazurek (57th).

Girls coach: Matt Johnson

Top girls runners: Jordan Sullivan, Sr.; Caroline Montini, Jr.; Heidi Orr, Sr.; Leah Madsen, Soph.; Mikayla Frierson, Sr.

Outlook: The girls fell short of a state meet appearance last season, but that is the goal this season for a group led by Sullivan, an individual qualifier for state who finished 53rd in 2018. Montini (ninth at region in 2018), Orr (20th at region), Madsen (25th at region) and Frierson (27th at region) also are top returners.

Class AAA

Region 7-AAA


Boys coach: Brad Kinser

Top boys runners: Trey Dixon, Sr.; Parker Hallock, Jr.; Zach Mitchell, Jr.

Outlook: The Spartans were 14th at state last year and return their top finisher from the meet in Hallock (54th overall). Hallock also finished 13th in the region, one spot ahead of Dixon. Mitchell was 17th at region.

Girls coach: Brad Kinser

Top girls runners: Maggie Kettle, Sr.; Taylor Gulley, Jr.

Outlook: After finishing fifth in the region last year, the Spartans hope to move up behind Kettle and Gulley.

Class A Private

Area 2-A


Boys coach: Mike Taylor

Top boys runners: Michael Brooks, Jr.; Gabe Brooks, Soph.; Garrett Meek, Jr.; Landon Camp, Jr.; Harrison Browning, Sr.

Outlook: Top runner Brandon Potra has graduated, but a strong foundation and new runners should have the Lions among the top teams in Class A again.

Girls coach: Mike Taylor

Top girls runners: Brooke Browning, Soph.; Georgia Piper, Soph.; Sydney Whalen, Jr.; Carson McKee, Jr.; Kai Roig, Soph.

Outlook: The roster got a boost with some new runners this season, joining two of Gwinnett’s top runners in Browning (sixth at state last year) and Piper (ninth at state).


Boys coach: Jonathan Preg

Top boys runners: Landon King, Sr.; Joseph Sargent, Sr.; Bret Christenberry, Soph.

Outlook: Both Storm programs feature a new head coach in Preg, who ran cross country at Covenant College. His first team will be led by King, who was 17th at last year’s area meet.

Girls coach: Jonathan Preg

Top girls runners: Abbey Hightower, Jr.; Sarah Mejia, Soph.

Outlook: Only two girls return to the program and both are returning area placers. Hightower was 51st at last year’s area meet and Mejia was 60th.


Boys coach: Chad McDaniel

Top boys runners: Mac Howie, Jr.; Stafford McDaniel, Soph.; Shane Kelley, Jr.; Fletcher Morris, Jr.; Colton Villa, Sr.; Jamarcus Turner, Sr.; Jackson Walls, Sr.

Outlook: The boys figure to be one of Georgia’s best again with talent back from last year’s state championship team. The returnees include the Wolves’ top three finishers from the 2018 state meet — Howie (ninth at state), Stafford McDaniel (13th) and Morris (28th).

Girls coach: Chad McDaniel

Top girls runners: Sophie Villa, Soph.; Taylor Strohmeier, Sr.; Danielle Kelly, Soph.; Mikayla John, Jr.; Mary Ortwein, Sr.; Caitlin Kelly, Jr.; Audrey LaFramboise, Soph.

Outlook: Wesleyan finished as the Class A Private state runner-up last season. Among the top returning runners from that team are Sophie Villa (18th at state), Danielle Kelly (19th), John (22nd) and Strohmeier (25th).

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