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Brookwood sweeps 8-AAAAA meet

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Photo: Karl L. Moore Brookwod's Morgan Malanoski is cheered on as he races to the finish line to win the Region 8 AAAAA Cross Country Championship on Saturday in a time of 16:04.72.

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Photo: Karl L. Moore Brookwod's Caroline Kissel runs towards the finish line to win the girl's Region 8 AAAAA Cross Country Championship on Saturday in a time of 19:03.35.

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Photo: Karl L. Moore Dacula's Carson Webb takes the turn out on the course with a large group of runners in the Region 8 AAAAA Cross Country Championship on Saturday.

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DULUTH -- Brookwood continued its dominance in cross country as the girls and boys teams captured Region 8-AAAAA championships Saturday at the River Green Complex.

Brookwood also took home both individual titles as Caroline Kissel won the girls' title and Morgan Malanoski took the boys' crown.

The Brookwood girls had a tough fight in winning their fourth straight region title as the Broncos edged Parkview by a single point, thanks primarily to a 1-2 finish by Kissel and QuanDra Shanks.

Kissel won her second consecutive region crown with a time of 19:03, but it was a second-place finish by Shanks with a time of 19:35 that spelled the difference in Brookwood claiming the team championship.

"I was really glad that I had a good run today in my last meet on this course," said Kissel. "We didn't have our best team performance today, but we were solid enough and that's what matters. The wind was tough out there, but the course was pretty dry after the rain last night. I'm really excited about state and I think we have a chance if we run well."

Parkview took three of the next four places with Sara Brown in third (19:47), Janet Detweiler fourth (19:50) and Laura Boswell sixth (20:02).

Aside from South Gwinnett's Tasheanna Blair taking fifth-place with a time of 19:56, Brookwood and Parkview came home in seventh through 10th.

Brookwood's Elyse Renshaw (20:04) and Payton Wilson (20:07) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, while Parkview's Valerie Ward (20:37.09) and Jessica Escorza (20:37.56) rounded out the top 10.

"It was a little bit closer than we would have liked," said Brookwood head coach Chris Carter.

"Parkview has been improving and we needed every point today. But I am proud of our girls for coming out and getting it done. QuanDra had a great finish to get second and that ended up being the difference."

Brookwood's girls will be seeking their first state title since 1991 next week.

Joining Brookwood at the state meet will be Parkview, Archer and Grayson along with South's Blair qualifying individually.

On the boys' side, Brookwood showed why it is a strong favorite to take home its third straight and 11th overall state title next Saturday in Carrollton.

Placing all seven runners in the top eight, Brookwood ran away from the competition with Malanoski leading the way with a winning time of 16:04.

"I felt good out there today," said Malanoski. "We went out together as a team for about a mile and a half. After that, you just do what you can. We feel good as a team right now after getting the region title and we're looking forward to state next week."

Matthew McClintock came in second for Brookwood with a clocking of 16:11 and he was followed by fellow Broncos Gabriel Gomez in fourth (16:18), Drew Vander Wood fifth (16:23.03); Austin Veith sixth (16:23.78), Kevin Marsh seventh (16:25) and Matt Barudin eighth (16:31).

Shiloh's Bryan Kamau took third-place honors (16:13) while Grayson's Derrick Bell was ninth (16:34) and Shiloh's Nahom Solomon 10th (16:36).

"I think it was a good collective effort and the goal today was to qualify for state," said Brookwood head coach Ben Dehnke of the Broncos' third region title in a row. "(Matthew) McClintock had a particularly good day and that's the thing about this team -- we have a lot of guys who can step up and give us a qualify effort."

Parkview, Archer and Grayson will join Brookwood at the state championships along with Shiloh's Kamau as an individual.