Wednesday, January 14, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
The Collins Hill girls cross country team was ranked No. 9 in the country by Milesplit.com and Harrier Magazine in their season ending rankings.
The top 10 ranking caps an impressive season for Collins Hill, which had arguably the best performance ever by a girls cross country team in Georgia.
The Eagles finished ranked No. 1 in the state for the sixth consecutive year and were No. 2 in the Southeast.
Collins Hill won seven of the eight high school meets it competed in this season, including the Gwinnett County championships, the Region 7-AAAAA championships and the Class AAAAA state championships. It was the sixth straight state title for the Eagles.
The only high school meet Collins Hill did not win was the McDonald's XC Festival, a national meet in Richmond, Va., where it lost to the nation's No. 3 team on a tiebreaker.
The team ran under Suwanee XC in the postseason, where it took second at the NXN Southeast Regional and ninth at the NXN nationals.
The Eagles were led by two-time state champion Amanda Winslow. The two-time Daily Post Runner of the Year set two course records at the county and region meets and set a new school record of 17 minutes, 30 seconds. She also won the NXN Southeast Regional championship and was 13th at nationals.
Other team members include Nicky Akande, Vicky Winslow, Allyson McGinty, Briana Crawford, Sydney Williams and Chloe Whitworth. The Eagles are coached by Andrew Hudson, Richard Ramsey, Jessica Sedor and Jeff Hoffman.