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Parkview boys edge Broncos for 8-AAAAA championship
Brookwood's Griffin, Jackson win two races each

HOSCHTON - Brookwood charged hard, none harder than seniors Eric Griffin and Robert Jackson.

But in the end, their second-day push wasn't quite enough.

Parkview reclaimed the Region 8-AAAAA track and field championship from the Broncos on Monday night at Mill Creek High School, clinching the title with a victory in the meet-ending 1,600-meter relay. At the time, the Panthers held a slim 106-101 lead.

They finished with 116 points to Brookwood's 102, thanks to first place in the 1,600 and the Broncos' sixth-place finish. Marcelis Lynch and Brett Richardson each won an individual event to aid the Panthers' cause.

"It's really exciting because it was a total team effort," said Parkview coach Mark Whitley, whose team's smallest lead on Monday was at 95-91. "I say that because we scored a lot of points in the field events and went 1-3 in the mile to give us a lead (57-38 over Brookwood after Friday's opening day) ... Then our hurdlers came out of nowhere to score points today, so it was a total team effort.

"We held onto it today. It was a tough fight. Brookwood was nipping."

The Broncos were in the mix mainly because of Griffin and Jackson, who scored a combined 40 points with two first-place finishes each.

Griffin broke his own school records in the 100 and 200, winning region titles in those two events for the second straight year. He won the 100 in 10.74 seconds, edging Shiloh's Reuben Lacy (10.81) and added a second victory in the 200, winning in 21.80.

Jackson won the 110 hurdles in 14.16, just ahead of Shiloh's Nehemyah Price (14.23). He also defeated Price in a close 300 hurdles race with a time of 38.78 to Price's 38.86.

"Robert's had a great year, he's done a fantastic job," Brookwood coach Bill Shields said. "Eric has been hurt a bit and this is the first time we've really had him healthy. He set two school records today and was the 100 and 200 region champ for the second year in a row. That's the first time a Brookwood runner has done that."

Lynch was the star of Parkview's meet, blowing out the field in the 800 for an easy victory in 1:53.14 and easily outdistancing state qualifier and runner-up Billy Kovalczyk of Grayson (second in 2:01.81).

Richardson gave the Panthers a second win in the 3,200 with a time of 9:25.56 over second-place finisher Kirubel Erassa of Grayson (9:28.38).

The region champions then left no doubt in the 1,600 relay, taking first in 3:22.12, more than four seconds faster than runner-up South Gwinnett.

Shiloh was third in the team standings with 82 points (led by a first-place 400 relay), Grayson was fourth at 65 and South was fifth at 54.

The Comets were led by Miles Ottinot, who won the 400 in 49.01 and also qualified for state with a second-place finish in the 200. Teammate Jonathan Krause was second in the 400 with a time of 49.72, also earning a trip to state.

SideBar: 8-AAAAA Boys Track

Region 8-AAAAA Championships

At Mill Creek High School

Monday's results

Team standings

1. Parkview, 116

2. Brookwood, 102

3. Shiloh, 82

4. Grayson, 65

5. South Gwinnett, 54

6. Berkmar, 42

7. Central Gwinnett, 22

8. Meadowcreek, 13

400-meter relay

1. Shiloh, 42.49; 2. South Gwinnett, 42.55; 3. Central Gwinnett, 43.18; 4. Brookwood, 43.63; 5. South Gwinnett B, 43.73; 6. Meadowcreek, 43.75

400

1. Miles Ottinot, South Gwinnett, 49.01; 2. Jonathan Krause, South Gwinnett, 49.59; 3. Justin Coogler, Grayson, 50.78; 4. Ethan Kasson, Parkview, 51.65; 5. Victor Cephus, Berkmar, 51.74; 6. Royce McClain, Berkmar, 51.79

100

1. Eric Griffin, Brookwood, 10.74; 2. Reuben Lacy, Shiloh, 10.81; 3. Taron Squires, Parkview, 10.91; 4. Neko Freeman, Central Gwinnett, 10.93; 5. Jalanni James, Meadowcreek, 11.05; 6. Eugene Glenn, Shiloh, 11.05

110 hurdles

1. Robert Jackson, Brookwood, 14.16; 2. Nehemyah Price, Shiloh, 14.23; 3. Dexter Lawrence, Parkview, 15.35; 4. Neka Goka, Brookwood, 15.45; 5. Devin Nash, Parkview, 16.02; 6. Barry Hulberry, South Gwinnett, 16.26

800

1. Marcelis Lynch, Parkview, 1:53.14; 2. Billy Kovalczyk, Grayson, 1:58.81; 3. Brett Rosser, Berkmar, 1:58.91; 4. Evan Goodwin, Brookwood, 1:59.76; 5. Aaron Gregg, Parkview, 1:59.98; 6. Sean Hitchens, Brookwood, 2:00.91

200

1. Eric Griffin, Brookwood, 21.80; 2. Miles Ottinot, South Gwinnett, 21.94; 3. Jonathan Krause, South Gwinnett, 22.21; 4. Reuben Lacy, Shiloh, 22.36; 5. Julian Vann, Parkview, 22.41; 6. Eugene Glenn, Shiloh, 22.56

300 hurdles

1. Robert Jackson, Brookwood, 38.78; 2. Nehemyah Price, Shiloh, 38.86; 3. Dexter Lawrence, Parkview, 41.55; 4. Nathan Dobbs, Grayson, 42.03; 5. Robert Hodge, Shiloh, 42.58; 6. Barry Hulbert, South Gwinnett, 43.20

3,200

1. Brett Richardson, Parkview, 9:25.56; 2. Kirubel Erassa, Grayson, 9:28.38; 3. Tyler Anyan, Brookwood, 9:31.74; 4. Tyler Kalmbach, Brookwood, 9:52.87; 5. Eric Nawyn, Grayson, 9:56.21; 6. Cody Allen, Parkview, 10:19.68

1,600 relay

1. Parkview, 3:22.12; 2. South Gwinnett B, 3:26.31; 3. Shiloh, 3:26.60; 4. Grayson, 3:27.70; 5. Berkmar, 3:28.10; 6. Brookwood, 3:28.23