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Super Six Cross Country

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Josh Ingalls Josh Ingalls

Name: Josh Ingalls

School: Brookwood

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.83

5K PR: 16:08

Nickname: n/a

Favorite subject in school: Science

Favorite movie: “Anchorman”

College choices: Columbia, UGA, Georgia Tech, UVA, Duke, UNC

Pre-race ritual or superstition: Lots of sleep and listening to music

Toughest course to run: Carrollton

Funniest teammate: Ryan Massey

Role model: Seb Coe

Aside from yourself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Mill Creek’s Tyler Woodrome

Info file: Emerged as one of the state’s top runners last season by finishing 15th at the state meet. Took fourth at the region meet to help Broncos claim region title. Had a strong season where he won region crowns in the 800 and 1,600-meter runs.

Coach Ben Dehnke’s take: Josh is a cerebral athlete who loves being a part of a strong team. His understanding of the sport of distance running, innate ability and willingness to work hard make him a terrific athlete to coach.


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Bryan Kamau

Name: Bryan Kamau

School: Shiloh

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.78

5K PR: 15:43

Nickname: Bry Bry

Favorite subject in school: Math

Favorite movie: “Coach Carter”

College choices: North Carolina A&T and Mississippi State

Pre-race ritual or superstition: Pray and relax

Toughest course to run: The state course

Funniest teammates: Jason Farrow and Justin Shorter

Role model: My father

Aside from yourself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Shiloh’s Nahom Solomon

Info file: Should benefit greatly from new head coach Rob Blaszkiewcz, who coached state champion Kirubel Erassa at Grayson. Has a pair of top 20 finishes at the state meet and won the Region 8 title after taking second in 2011.

Coach Rob Blaszkiewcz’s take: “I formally met Bryan this past April and have found him to be a focused young man with big goals. As long as we can keep him healthy, I believe he will achieve many of those goals. We are tweaking his training from the past and expect to see some amazing results.”


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Kevin Mills

Name: Kevin Mills

School: Peachtree Ridge

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.1

5K PR: 15:46

Nickname: Tower 1

Favorite subject in school: Science

Favorite movie: “Remember the Titans”

College choices: Undecided

Pre-race ritual or superstition: Wear my lucky underwear

Toughest course to run: Carrollton

Funniest teammate: Nathan Dravis

Role model: Dad

Aside from yourself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Mill Creek’s Tyler Woodrome

Info file: The graduation of three-time cross country state champion Josh Brickell has opened the door for Mills to be the team’s leader. He’s certainly capable after finishing in the top 20 at state the last two years. He’s coming off a track season where he was third in the state in the 3,200-meter run.

Coach Ron Clanton’s take: “Over the summer Kevin has developed into a great team leader and has served as the perfect role model for our younger guys to follow with his untiring work ethic. He is stronger and has developed the confidence of a true winner. I’m sure Kevin will be one of the top runners in the state this year.”


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Nic Schofer

Name: Nic Schofer

School: Parkview

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.325

5K PR: 15:57

Nickname: Schofer Gopher, Critical Nic

Favorite subject in school: APUSH with Coach Zimmerman Favorite Movie: “El Torero”

College choices: Arkansas, Mizzou, UGA, Clemson, Auburn

Pre-race ritual or superstition: Stride out, high jumps, Lord’s Prayer

Toughest course to run: Rivergreen. There’s no challenges on it, it’s just flat.

Funniest teammate: Carl Smith

Role Model: My girlfriend Gloriana Thomas

Aside from yourself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Shiloh’s Bryan Kamau

Info file: Emerged as one of the state’s top runners last season. Was the runner-up at Region 8 and finished 18th at state.

Coach James Tigue’s take: “Nic’s attention to detail is what has separated him from many of the runners around him. He is a great teammate and has led by example for three years. I am looking forward to watching him compete with the top runners in the state again.”


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Eric Westog

Name: Eric Westog

School: Mill Creek

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.48

5K PR: 15:45

Nickname: T-Rex

Favorite subject in school: Science

Favorite movie: “Cinderella Man”

College choices: Georgia, N.C. State, Furman

Pre-race ritual or superstition: Eat a Clif Bar

Toughest course to run: Mulberry

Funniest teammate: Zach Skidmore

Role model: My Dad

Aside from yourself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Mill Creek’s Tyler Woodrome

Info file: Has been one of the county’s top runners since entering high school. Helped Mill Creek claim the Class AAAAAA state title last year by placing 12th, his second top 15 finish.

Coach Andy Christie’s take: “Eric’s attention to detail is unmatched and he is a vital part of this team not just as a runner, but as a person. He is encouraging to all of his teammates and is a big part of our success these last two years. It’s my hope that he can go out with a bang this year.”


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Tyler Woodrome

Name: Tyler Woodrome

School: Mill Creek

Class: Senior

5K PR: 16:08

Nickname: Woody

Favorite subject in school: Math

Favorite movie: “Happy Gilmore”

College choices: Undecided

Pre-race ritual or superstition: Drink honey

Toughest course to run: Mulberry

Funniest teammate: Zach Skidmore

Role model: Steve Prefontaine

Aside from yourself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Mill Creek’s Eric Westog

Info file: Had an impressive track season that featured a state title in the 1,600-meter run. Woodrome placed sixth at the state meet last year to help the Hawks claim the state championship. He’s the state’s top returning finisher.

Coach Andy Christie’s take: “Tyler is the ultimate racer and is not satisfied with giving anything less than his best effort. He also loves the team and is extremely coachable. After his sixth place finish at state last year, I can’t wait to see what he can accomplish this year.”

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Lauren Hovis

Name: Lauren Hovis

School: Mill Creek

Class: Senior

GPA: 4.0

5K PR: 19:45

Nickname: Loho

Favorite subject in school: Math

Favorite movies: “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “The Sound of Music”

College choices: Undecided

Pre-race ritual or superstition: Eat Honey Nut Cheerios

Toughest course to run: Carrollton

Funniest teammate: Jessica Fanczi

Role model: My parents

Aside from yourself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Mill Creek’s Hannah Lopez, Lexi Froh

Info file: Had a strong junior campaign that saw her finish 11th at county, 15th at region and 32nd at state. Had a really good track season that was highlighted by a pair of top eight finishes at state in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs.

Coach Terry Brand’s take: “Lauren is a very determined, hard-working student and runner. She always has a positive attitude and shows team leadership. Lauren is on track to have a great season.”


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Addison Lippitt

Name: Addy Lippitt

School: Peachtree Ridge

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.6

5K PR: 19:09

Nickname: Admiral Addy

Favorite subject in school: Language Arts

Favorite movie: Tie between “Shawshank Redemption” and “The Little Mermaid”

College choices: Undecided

Pre-race ritual or superstition: I wear my ‘lucky’ socks and sports bra

Toughest course to run: Carrolton Funniest teammate: Hayley Spears Role model: My sister

Aside from yourself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Gwinnett has so many incredible runners, it’d be impossible to just name one.

Info file: Showed great improvement during junior campaign by finishing 18th at the state meet. Was also ninth at county and fifth at region.

Coach Ron Clanton’s take: “Addy has taken a huge step forward in her training over the summer and has worked hard in the weight room to prepare for this upcoming season. Her leadership and enthusiasm has inspired our entire program to work harder and focus on having another great season.”


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Mariah Maring

Name: Mariah Maring

School: Collins Hill

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.47

5K PR: 19.12

Nickname: Mo

Favorite Subject in School: Math

Favorite Movie: “Never Back Down”

College Choices: Georgia College and State University

Pre-race ritual or superstition: Braid my hair

Toughest course to run: Carrollton

Funniest teammate: Lexy Rickman

Role Model: My sister

Aside from yourself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: There are so many talented runners in Gwinnett County

Info file: Emerged as one of the state’s top runners by placing 14th at the state meet a year ago. Also finished seventh at the Region 7 meet and took 15th at county.

Coach Andrew Hudson’s take: “Mariah has developed a tremendous competitive prowess over the last year. She has improved at getting out better in races and competing with more confidence. We are enjoying her leadership on the team this season.”


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Caroline Reed

Name: Caroline Reed

School: Wesleyan

Class: Senior

GPA: 4.1

5K PR: 18:56

Nickname: Creed

Favorite subject in school: World History and English

Favorite movie: “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days”

College choices: Furman, Clemson, UGA, Wake Forest, UNC

Pre-race ritual or superstition: Listening to music

Toughest course to run: Westminister’s Kosh Klassic

Funniest teammate: Jack Widner and Ellie Bradach

Role model: My coach, Chris Yoder Aside from yourself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Wesleyan’s Jonathan Koch

Info file: Finished third at state meet in 2011 and runner-up last season to help the Wolves claim state title. Coming off a standout track season where she placed second in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter races in Class AA.

Coach Chad McDaniel’s take: “Caroline Reed is one of the finest people I have ever had the pleasure to know. Running seems effortless to her because she loves it, but you will never see her get outworked. She is a friend to everyone she meets and a leader without peer. However, I believe that the way that she lives her faith in a real way is what I am most thankful for.”


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Laurel Sumner

Name: Laurel Sumner

School: Brookwood

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.83

5K PR: 19:57

Nickname: I don’t really have one

Favorite subject in school: Math

Favorite movie: “Fantastic Mr. Fox”

College choices: Sewanee or Clemson

Pre-race ritual or superstition: Before every race I read the same three bible verses and a letter my friend wrote me for state my freshman year

Toughest course to run: Great American in Cary, N.C.

Funniest teammate: Jessie Tankersley

Role model: Garrett Adams

Aside from yourself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Brookwood’s Ashley Buda

Info file: Made great strides last season to become one of the county’s top runners. Finished 13th at county, sixth at region and was 16th at state to help the Broncos claim the state championship.

Coach Chris Carter’s take: “Laurel has been a staple of our varsity since her freshman year. She is extremely coachable and, underneath her calm, kind exterior, is highly competitive. Laurel’s best characteristic is that she is an extremely nice kid. There is nothing coaches like more than to see the nice, hard-working kids find success. Laurel certainly falls in that category.”


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Taylor Tuttle

Name: Tayler Tuttle

School: Providence Christian Academy

Class: Senior

GPA. 4.0

5K PR: 18:15

Nickname: Tay

Favorite subject in school: Art

Favorite movie: “The Notebook”

College choices: Undecided

Pre-race ritual or superstition: Get warmed up and focused. Pray for peace and strength.

Toughest course to run: Athens Academy home course

Funniest teammate: All the senior girls

Role model: Shalane Flanagan Aside from yourself, the best current Gwinnett cross country runner is: Wesleyan’s Caroline Reed

Info file: Helped guide Prodvidence to a runner-up finish in the Class A meet by finishing third last year. Has a pair of top 10 finishes at state and is coming off a solid track season by placing fifth in the 1,600-and-3,200-meter runs in Class A.

Coach Charlene Preg’s take: “Tayler is well prepared for her senior season with a summer of serious training. She is determined and disciplined. Her qualities include a strength of spirit from her faith, family, and friends. With 12 senior girls, I expect the race season will be exciting for the Storm. Tayler will help lead the way for our girls team in practice and competition.”