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Boys county track title returns to Brookwood

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips. South Gwinnett's Kevin Gary raises his fist in the air as he crosses the finish line winning the boys 400 meter Thursday.

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips. South Gwinnett's Kevin Gary raises his fist in the air as he crosses the finish line winning the boys 400 meter Thursday.

HOSCHTON -- For the last eight years, the Gwinnett County boys track and field championship has traded hands with Brookwood and Parkview.

Mill Creek gave the Region 8-AAAAA powers a run for the title this year, but it was the Broncos that reclaimed the crown on Thursday.

Brookwood scored 107.5 points to win the county championship, ending Parkview's three-year title run. Host Mill Creek was second with 82 points and Parkview followed with 70.5.

"It's a good feeling," first-year coach Mark Kelley said. "It's a friendly rivalry with Parkview. It goes back and fourth. It's anybody's if you have a good meet."

Mill Creek led after Day 1 thanks it strong performance in the field events. The Hawks held a 14.5-point lead over Brookwood after Devonte Lewis won the 100-meter run. Then Brookwood posted one-two finishes in the next two events to pull away with the crown.

"Their hurdles killed us and obviously their distance is so strong," Moore said. "But I'm proud of our guys. We had a lot of seniors do well for us."

Brookwood took the lead from Mill Creek when it went one-two in the 110 hurdles. William Smith won the county title with a time of 14.48 seconds and teammate Paul Beaty was second.

The Broncos added to their total after Jackson Wearn won the 800 and Kisean Smith was second, which pushed Brookwood to a 21.5 lead.

"That was big for us," Kelley said. It really helped a lot going one-two in those events."

Last year's state runner-up, Kevin Gary from South Gwinnett, claimed the 400 title again. The senior was the only two-time champion on the day after winning the 200 crown.

"I was feeling pretty confident. I had the No. 1 times coming in," Gary said. "With the cold weather, I feel I could have run way better."

Mill Creek's Lewis, a Georgia Southern football signee, won the 100-meter run crown. The senior beat out Parkview's Eric Brown and fellow football players Joe Horn from Peachtree Ridge and Aaron Wimberly from South Gwinnett.

Berkmar's Justyn Shackleford, a Tulane football signee, won the 300 hurdles championship with a time of 38.90 seconds.

Peachtree Ridge won the 3,200-meter relay with a time of 8 minutes, 27.08 seconds and Parkview claimed the 400 relay with a mark of 42.09 seconds.