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Banner year for Bronco runners

File Photo. Brookwood's Tyler Anyan heads toward the finish line during the AAAAA cross country state championship this past season.

File Photo. Brookwood's Tyler Anyan heads toward the finish line during the AAAAA cross country state championship this past season.

Brookwood's running program accomplished a feat this year never before achieved at the Class AAAAA level.

The Broncos won the boys cross country state championship in the fall and then the track state title in the spring. Now the Broncos' running program will see how it fares against the nation's best when it competes as the Brookwood Track Club at the Nike Track Nationals.

"It's a great opportunity for our kids and they are excited about it," Broncos coach Bill Shields said.

Brookwood was one of 12 teams selected to the inaugural event that will be held Friday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The winner will be crowned national champion.

"Our kids are pretty competitive, so we'll see how they do," Shields said.

The Broncos' track team finished the season ranked No. 1 in the southeast and No. 5 in the country to qualify for the Nike Track Nationals. The team is led by state champion distance runner Tyler Anyan. The Georgetown signee turned in an All-American performance at New Balance Nationals on June 19. Anyan was fourth in the two-mile and was part of a record-breaking distance medley relay team. Anyan, Carter Hewitt, Patrick Kelly and Jackson Wearn ran a time of 10 minutes, 4.96 seconds to break a 35-year old Georgia record.

The Nike Track Nationals will be run and scored like a decathlon with 10 events available. Keenan Harp (100), Kelley (400), Hewitt (800), Anyan (1,600), Robert Edwards (110 hurdles), Justin Grose (pole vault), Matt Caldwell (high jump), Jordan Thompson (shot put) and Cameron Lynch (discus) will compete for Brookwood.

It's the second national meet for Brookwood after participating in the Nike Cross Nationals in the fall. The Broncos' state champion cross country team placed 18th at the meet.

"Just the experience makes it worth it," Brookwood cross country coach Ben Dehnke said. "Nike does a great job and treats the kids so well."

Brookwood's cross country program was led by Anyan and Hewitt and set a new low score record for Class AAAAA at the state meet with 32 points. The team then went on to win the Nike Southeast Regional and became the first boys team to qualify for the Nike national meet.

"I think when you look at the track and cross country teams, this is the best in school history," Dehnke said. "We've had some really good teams, but they weren't as successful in each sport."