Monday, November 28, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Gwinnett County has produced some of the state's top cross country runners and programs for more than 25 years.
The county's rich tradition features dozens of state champion runners and teams.
A handful of them were honored on Monday at Brookwood High School with the second induction of the Gwinnett County Cross Country Hall of Fame.
The class featured coaches Karl Bostick from Parkview and Joe Carter from Brookwood. The athletes that were inducted were Brookwood's Anita Coverdale Rippen, Collins Hill's Natalie Florence Severy, South Gwinnett's Josh Crowfoot and Shiloh's Gibbs Knotts.
"The hall of fame came from the idea Gwinnett has a rich tradition. We want to honor the exceptional athletes and coaches from the county," said Collins Hill coach Andrew Hudson, a member of the hall of fame selection committee. "We've always had great individuals and coaches. The hall of fame is a way to honor them."
Bostick built Parkview into a dynasty in the 1980s and early 1990s, winning eight county titles, seven region crowns and six state championships. Carter turned Brookwood into one of the state's top programs in the 1990s, winning five county championships, six region titles and four state championships.
All of the runners in this year's class had decorated careers, highlighted by state championships. Rippen won her state title in 1990 and Severy claimed hers in 1999 in addition to winning three county and region titles.
Knotts was a two-time region and state champion for the Generals in 1986-87, while Crowfoot was a two-time county, region and state champion.
The first hall of fame class featured Duluth coach Dan Smith and runners Gary House (Duluth) and Marny Westphal (Brookwood).