CONYERS - Dacula had five runners finish in the top 10, led by Mike McClay, as the Falcons won their second-straight Region 8-AAAA cross country title on Saturday.
The sophomore won the region championship with a time of 16 minutes, 32 seconds at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.
"I was especially impressed with Mike's race," Dacula coach Andy Christie said. "Last week he ran for the win but faded in the last mile. But that race taught him a lot, and today he ran a perfect race to win the region title."
McClay held off Heritage's Shuaib Winters, who beat McClay by 12 seconds last weekend. Shuaib ran a 16:53 on Saturday for second place.
Dacula's Obed Pacheco was fourth (17:33), Chris Petterson was sixth (17:37), Nick Phillips was seventh (17:39) and David Campbell was eighth (17:41) to give Dacula 26 points. Heritage was second with 68.
"I am thrilled with our performance today," Christie said. "Any time you win a region title it is a special thing, so we are definitely happy. Now we move on to the real test next weekend and I know we'll be ready to go after another state trophy."
The Dacula girls also qualified for the state meet next week, the second time in school history. The Falcons were led by Nin Kamber, who finished 10th with a time of 22:21.
Providence girls, boys qualify for state
FAIRBURN - Providence's boys and girls cross country teams qualified for the state meet by placing third at the Region 5-A meet on Saturday.
The boys were led by Elias Crist, who finished fifth with a time of 17 minutes, 7 seconds. Eric Mills was 11th (17:26), Jonathan Preg was 18th (17:59), Keith Kreutzer was 21st (18:27), Chris Beals was 22nd (18:35), Joey Stokan was 24th (18:46) and Colin Staly was 25th (18:49).
Our Lady of Mercy won the meet with 35 points, Galloway had 58, Providence 77 and Landmark 78.
In the girls race, Allison Preg was the Stars' top runner with a time of 21:16 to finish seventh. Jordan Kelly was ninth (21:29), Sarah Sharpe was 17th (22:28), Emily Detrick was 18th (22:34), Beth Morris was 27th (23:42), Katy Jordan 32nd (24:08), Rachel Roberts was 39th (25:58).
Landmark won the race with 34 points followed by Our Lady of Mercy (59), Providence (63) and Galloway (78).
Wesleyan boys, Duvall claim region title
FAIRBURN - The Wesleyan boys cross country team began its quest for a third straight state championship by winning the Region 6-AA meet on Thursday.
The Wolves' Christopher Duvall was the region champion with a time of 16 minutes, 20 seconds. Brandon Ramsey was fourth (16:42), Matt Gossett was eighth (16:48), Ryan Buckey was 10th (17:05) and Travis Smith was 11th (17:25).
Buford's Zak Oliver was 13th with a time of 17:27.
No. 1-ranked Wesleyan won the meet with 34 points followed by Lovett (45), Pace Academy (95) and Creekview (143).
In the girls race, Wesleyan took third place with 84 points.
Erika Ramsey was the Wolves' top runner with a time of 20:07 to finish second. Mary Pate Williams took 15th (21:25), Chloe Kelly was 21st (21:55) and Lindsay Bever was 22nd (21:56).
Greater Atlanta Christina's Lauren Kestor won the region title with a time of 20:03. Buford's Dottie Kellogg was fifth (20:28) and both earned berths to state.
Lovett won the race with 45 points and Pace was second (72).