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Cross country roundup: Brookwood girls win Berry Invitational

ROME — The Brookwood girls cross country team won the varsity 4A/5A race of the Berry Invitational on Saturday.

The meet, which is one of the bigger, competitive early season meets, had 44 teams and 381 individuals in the varsity 4A/5A race. The Broncos won with 144 points, followed by Baylor, Tenn. (166), Harrison (174) and Mountain Brook, Ala. (198).

Anakaren Lopez led the Broncos with an 18th place finish and a time of 20 minutes, 6 seconds. Ashley Buda was 21st (20:14), Payton Wilson was 26th (20:23), Laurel Sumner was 38th (20:42) and Caroline Kissel was 41st (20:48).

Parkview claims Berry title

ROME — Parkview’s boys nipped defending state champion Brookwood at the Berry Invitational on Saturday.

The Panthers scored 79 points to hold off rival Brookwood with 81.

Alec Klassen led the Panthers with a first-place finish and a time of 15 minutes, 43 seconds. Steven Spevacek was seventh (16:18), Louie Roger was 14th (16:27), Joseph Weiler was 20th (16:38) and Ryan McFall was 37th (17:03).

Jackson Wearn was Brookwood’s top finisher with a fifth place mark and and a time of 16:08. Sean Brennan was 12th (16:23), Michael Giuliano was 16th (16:28), Matt Barudin was 22nd (16:41) and Morgan Malanoski (16:56).

Hawks’ boys 6th, girls 13th at Berry

ROME — Mill Creek’s boys came in sixth place overall and the girls were 13th at Berry Invitational on Saturday.

Austin Boetje led the boys team with a sixth place finish and a time of 16 minutes, 13 seconds.

“We placed well, but also know we have room to improve,” Mill Creek coach Andy Christie said. “I was thrilled with Austin’s performance. I wasn’t sure he would be able to run that fast since he’s been nursing an injury for the last few weeks. I was also impressed with Tyler Kvietkus, who led our pack of second (through) fifth runners. If we can close the gap to Austin, we’ll be in even better shape.”

Kvietkus ran a time of 17:17, Eric Westog ran 17:22, Mitchell Flammang was 17:24 and Brandon Gaunt was 17:25.

Lauren Scott led the girls team by finishing in 14th place with a time of 19:55, a new personal record.

Several other runners on the girl’s team also set personal records, including Rachel Hull with a time of 21:10, Ashlee Varnson at 21:13 and Kara Kennedy with a time of 22:06.

Rounding out the runners for the girl’s team was Megan Steele 21:55, Hanna Hill 21:59, Maggie Aceto 22:10, Kelsey Kennedy 22:39, Emily Matheny 23:44 and Maria Amorosso 24:12.

Lions claim UGA Invitational crown

ATHENS — Peachtree Ridge’s Josh Brickwell won the UGA Invitational individual crown to lead the Lions to the team championship on Saturday.

The sophomore posted a time of 15 minutes, 57 seconds. Matthew Cornwall was ninth, Mason Havens was 20th, Ben Jacques was 24th and Aumri Esdaille was 25th.

The girls team placed third and were led by Lauren Kelly’s sixth-place finish and a time of 19:47.

North wins UGA Invitational

ATHENS — Defending state champion North Gwinnett won the UGA Invitational on Saturday. The Bulldogs scored 56 points to beat Walton (69) and Peachtree Ridge (123).

Jordan Humphrey led the Bulldogs with a first place finish as the Bulldogs had three runners in the top 10. Rose Howell was ninth (20:07), Laruen Recchia was 10th (20:13), Courtney Ragan was 16th (20:36) and Maggie Tindol was 20th (20:55).

Humphrey, Klassen earn runner of the week

North Gwinnett’s Jordan Humphrey and Parkview’s Alec Klassen were named runners of the week by the Gwinnett County cross country coaches.

Humphrey won the UGA Invitational with a time of 18 minutes, 52 seconds, while Klassen won the Berry Invitational with a time of 15:43.

Stars’ Watkins finishes 7th in War Eagle Invitational

GAINESVILLE — James Watkins of Providence took seveth place on Tuesday with a time of 17 minutes, 50 seconds, in the War Eagle Invitational at Chestatee Academy.

Ellie Thomas was the top runner for Providece in the girls race, placing 11th at 22:40.