SUGAR HILL -- The only Gwinnett team in Region 8-AAAA dominated the region championship meet.
Lanier won both the boys and girls divisions this week, making sure it will take a strong contingent to the upcoming Class AAAA Sectional Meet.
Ervin Valentine won both distance races for the Longhorn boys, taking the 1,600-meter run in 4 minutes, 49.51 seconds and the 3,200 in 10:38.02. Devon Valentine won the long jump in 21 feet, 9 inches, while Lanier also got running titles from Pablo Berrios in the 110 hurdles (15.70) and Jahbril Jones in the 200 (22.68). Berrios also was runner-up in the 300 hurdles (43.41) and Jones was third in the 100 (11.27).
Monique Pitts, Kaylee Ramos and Marly Alcide won 8-AAAA championships for the Lanier girls.
Pitts won the 100 hurdles (15.89) and also was second in the triple jump (34-9 ) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (51.31). Ramos was first in the discus (101-8) and Alcide won the 800 (2:32.37).
Other top performers for the Longhorn boys were: Simon Shafack (second, high jump, 6-4), Collin Rusch (fourth, 1,600, 5:00.55 and fifth, 800, 2:17.59), Christopher Tromp (sixth, 3,200, 11:58.96), Michael Shaw (fifth, high jump, 5-10), Canyon Cook (fifth, 400, 52.43), Robert Hicks (third, 400, 51.95), Chauncy West (third, shot put, 43-3 and fourth, discus, 116-8), Dewey Van Allen (second, shot put, 44-3 ), Ricky Viengxay (second, 110 hurdles, 15.88), Jordan Jones (seventh, 200, 23.53), Tim Leazer (third, 300 hurdles, 44.81) and Ashton Barnes (eighth, 100, 11.73).
The Lanier girls other top performances came from: Nicole Townley (fifth, 3,200, 14:01.50), Morgan Henderson (sixth, 3,200, 14:29.19), Molly Kunkle (sixth, 1,600, 6:21.59), Courtney Tanner (second, high jump, 5-2), Ericka Young (fifth, high jump, 4-6), Amber Nicholson (seventh, 400, 1:04.32), Alisa Sanford (fourth, triple jump, 33-0 ), Raven Rhodes (fifth, 300 hurdles, 54.64 and third, 100 hurdles, 17.79), Maddie Houston (third, discus, 95-8), Anjanette Swift (third, shot put, 32-9), Jordyn Cruz (seventh, shot put, 29-8), Jaleria Rivera (fourth, 800, 2:38.59), Amber Cesair (second, 400, 1:00.13 and fourth, 200, 26.93) and Taylor-Rose Gibson-Green (sixth, 100, 13.29 and sixth, 200, 27.49).
Track and field
Buford boys win 7-AAA title
DAWSONVILLE --The Buford boys won the Region 7-AAA track and field title Thursday night by 27 points over runner-up White County.
The Wolves finished with 162 points to White's 135. The Buford girls placed fourth with 87 points in a meet won by White's 158.5 points.
Thomas Wilson, Carlos Miller, Justin McCray and David Curry all won individual region titles for the Buford boys, who also won a pair of relay championships.
Wilson won the 200 in 22.61 and the 400 in 51.24, finishing just ahead of teammate Quinn Davis in both events. Davis' runner-up times were 22.63 in the 200 and 51.41 in the 400.
Miller was the 100 champion in 11.41 and teammate Xavier Gantt was runner-up in 11.60. McCray was first in the 110 hurdles (17.54) and second in the 300 hurdles (42.16), while Curry won the pole vault (14-6) and was second in the triple jump (41-2).
Wilson, Davis, Miller and Corey Rogers ran on the Wolves' 400 relay championship team (43.73), while Davis, McCray, Trey Neal and Colston Vukanavich finished first in the 1,600 relay (3:28.79).
The Buford boys also got points from Josh Thompson (fourth, 1,600, 4:51.68 and fourth, 3,200, 10:15.99), Alex Sanchez (sixth, 800, 2:14.91 and seventh, 1,600, 5:00.00), Tyler Winslow (third, 800, 2:08.03), Justin Pirkle (sixth, 3,200, 10:57.79), Terrance Wilson (sixth, triple jump, 37-6 ), Dylan Vann (eighth, pole vault, 9-0), Joshua Thomas (fourth, long jump, 19-4 ), Issac Nauta (fifth, shot put, 40-6 ), Donte Gordon (sixth, shot put, 40-2) and Caleb Auer (fifth, discus, 120-1).
Corey Staples was the top performer for the Buford girls, highlighted by a region championship in the triple jump (35-2 ). She also was runner-up in the long jump (16-11 ).
Buford's other girls point-scorers were: Caroline Davis (sixth, 300 hurdles, 56.61 and seventh, 100 hurdles, 20.09), Kiana Mincey (second, shot put, 36-4 ), Maya Dillard (second, 800, 2:26.09), Kryslynn Moore (seventh, 100, 13.72), Tiffany Walton (fifth, 200, 28.38), Elexa Bahr (sixth, 200, 28.72), Taylor Slotin (sixth, 400, 1:06.85), Courtney Landingham (seventh, 400, 1:07.76), Megan Ward (fifth, 800, 2:38.31), Bailey Roberts (seventh, 3,200, 14:03.50), Dominique Martin (fourth, high jump, 4-10), Bree Horrocks (sixth, high jump, 4-8) and Mikhala Riegel (seventh, pole vault, 6-6).
Lanier 3, Madison County 1
DANIELSVILLE -- Lanier girls won the school's first region title when its tennis team defeated host Madison County 3-1 on Thursday. Morgan Bucholz and Lauren Byrd won singles matches and Meg McRee and Victoria Inman won in doubles for the Region 8-AAAA champions. Early in the day, Lanier defeated Chestatee 3-0 to reach the finals.
Madison County 3, Lanier 0
DANIELSVILLE -- Lanier boys fell 3-0 to Madison County in the finals of the Region 8-AAAA tennis tournament Thursday. The runner-up Longhorns qualified for the finals with a 3-0 win over Stephens County in the semifinals and now advance to next week's state tournament.
GAC 6, Wesleyan 0
NORCROSS -- Greater Atlanta Christian improved to 14-1, 5-0 with a 6-0 win over Wesleyan on Friday. Kayla Puzas led the Spartans with a two goals and an assist. Rachel Garcia, Taylor Wagnon, Jamie Campbell and Danielle Marcano each scored for GAC. Elizabeth White and Melissa Gray combined for the shutout.
GAC 4, Wesleyan 1 (OT)
NORCROSS -- Greater Atlanta Christian tied the game late in the second half and errupted for three goals in overtime to defeat Wesleyan 4-1. Wesleyan's Cort Coxhead gave the Wolves a lead in the first half with a goal at the six minute mark. The Wolves held the lead until with just over four minutes remaining in the game when the Spartans were awarded a penalty kick. Nash Wagnon converted to tie the game which set up the Spartans outburts in overtime to secure the win. Zion Gray scored twice and Davis Bryan scored with 10 seconds left in the second overtime for the Spartans.
Wesleyan 8, Duluth 7
NORCROSS -- Wesleyan defeated Duluth 8-7 Friday night. Blake Center had two goals to lead the Wolves (8-7). Josh Garrard, Miles Laughlin, Matt Zimmerman, Ryan Pahl, Ren Schmitt and Haydon Koch each had a goal for Wesleyan.
North 12, Peachtree Ridge 5
SUWANEE -- North Gwinnett improved to 13-2 on the season with a 12-5 win over Peachtree Ridge. Luke Printz, James Shimkus and Jack Ryan each scored two goals for the Lions. Zach Retsky picked up the win in net for the Bulldogs, who lost their starting keeper to a broken arm.
Peachtree Ridge 9, North 6
SUWANEE --Peachtree Ridge defeated North Gwinnett 9-6 Friday and clinched the division championship. Kristin Scheder led the Lions (10-4, 4-0) with four goals. Kayla Jones and Margaret Flanagan scored three and two goals, respectively. K.J. Hardaway scored twice and Lindsey Cobb scored once for the Bulldogs. The Lions will play in the area championship game May 2.
Wesleyan 16, Wheeler 8
MARIETTA -- Wesleyan defeated Wheeler 16-8 Friday to improve to 8-7 on the season. Natalie Genthert scored five goals and Meredith DiStasi stopped 10 shots for the Wolves.
Peachtree Ridge 4, North 2
SUWANEE -- Peachtree Ridge's Tyler Haswell pitched a complete game, striking out nine to lead the Lions to a 4-2 Region 7-AAAAAA win over North Gwinnett on Friday. Haswell improved his record to 5-2 on the season as Peachtree Ridge now stands at 15-8 and 9-2 in the region. Cam Shepherd and Blake Best had RBI singles for the Lions.
-- Compiled by Ken Chrzanowski