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Brookwood sweeps county track titles

Brookwood's Jay Lawson wins the boy's 110 meter high hurdles event during the Gwinnett County Track and Field Championships held Wednesday at Mill Creek.

Brookwood's Jay Lawson wins the boy's 110 meter high hurdles event during the Gwinnett County Track and Field Championships held Wednesday at Mill Creek.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Brookwood's Quandra Shanles wins the girl's 800 meter run during the Gwinnett County Track and Field Championships held Wednesday at Mill Creek.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Archer's Jacquelyn Switzer passes the baton to anchor runner Akua Obeng-Akrofi in the girls 4 x 100 relay race during the Gwinnett County Track and Field Championships held Wednesday at Mill Creek.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Peachtree Ridge's Kendra Purifoye wins the girl's 100 meter intermediate hurdles during the Gwinnett County Track and Field Championships held Wednesday at Mill Creek.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Mill Creek's Tyler Woodrome wins the boy's 800 meter run with North Gwinnett's Andres Littig, right, finishing in second place during the Gwinnett County Track and Field Championships held Wednesday at Mill Creek.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Brookwood's Ashton Askew, left, and North Gwinnett's Natalie Raia, right, start the girl's 800 meter run during the Gwinnett County Track and Field Championships held Wednesday at Mill Creek.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Malayshia George, of Mill Creek, runs towards a 23.88 first place finish in the girl's 200 meter race during the Gwinnett County Track and Field Championships held Wednesday at Mill Creek.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Michael Cheek of Mill Creek, left, finishes in second place as Shiloh's Grant Swinton, right, wins the boy's 400 meter race during the Gwinnett County Track and Field Championships held Wednesday at Mill Creek.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Micah Abernathy of Greater Atlanta Christian come out of the starting block in the boy's 400 meter race during the Gwinnett County Track and Field Championships held Wednesday at Mill Creek.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Malayshia George, of Mill Creek, finishes the girl's 400 meter race with a time of 54.25, to set a stadium and meet record during the Gwinnett County Track and Field Championships held Wednesday at Mill Creek.

HOSCHTON -- Brookwood graduated several key members from its track and field state championship team last season.

Head coach Mark Kelley knew his Broncos would still be competitive this year, but he never imagined what happened on Wednesday.

Brookwood won the Gwinnett County track and field championship for the third year in a row, holding off Mill Creek and Shiloh.

"I wasn't expecting this, I really wasn't," Kelley said. "I knew the kids would battle, but I didn't know we would win it."

Brookwood scored 100 points to beat Mill Creek (95.5) and Shiloh (92).

"We knew it would be a battle," Kelley said.

Brookwood also won the girls county championship, the first for the program since 2001.

"After Monday, it was the absolute worst conditions," Brookwood coach Kelley Swanson said. "It took a lot to boost morale. It was really a collective team effort."

Brookwood scored 96.5 points to edge Mill Creek (90.5) and Norcross (72).

Brookwood only had two county champs, but finished in the top three in five events. QuanDra Shanks won the 800 in a time of 2 minutes, 20.09 seconds and Simone Glenn took the 100 with a time of 11.93. Glenn was also second in the 200.

"I said just place," Swanson said. "Any point can count."

Peachtree Ridge' Kendra Purifoye won the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.99 and Berkmar's Elexis Guster took the 300 hurdles in a time of 43.32. Guster was second in the 100 as well. Norcross' Katherine Yost won the 3,200 with a time of 11:24.89.

Peachtree Ridge won the 3,200 relay with a time of 10:09.48 and Archer won the 400 relay with a time of 48.02.

Mill Creek's Malayshia George added to her high jump title from Monday by winning the 200-and 400-meter runs.

To make the day even sweeter, George set the Gwinnett County meet record in the 400 with a time of 54.25 seconds, breaking the mark set by Peachtree Ridge's Sonikqua Walters last season. The senior won the 200 with a time of 23.88 seconds.

"I didn't think it would be as good as it was with the temperature and wind," George said.

George was one of two runners to put their name in the record book. Brookwood's Jay Lawson, who has the state's top time this season, won the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.28 seconds to tie Brookwood's Carl Parker's time set in 1986.

"I ran and gave it all I got," Lawson said. "I felt good."

Shiloh's Grant Swinton brought home three county titles, winning the 200 and 400. The junior was also on the 400 relay team that posted a time of 42.14 seconds to win as well. Swinton finished the 200 in 21.72 seconds and the 400 in 48.94

"I'm kind of smiling about that," Swinton said. "Yeah, it's pretty good. Especially after last year when I got second in the 400."

Shiloh had two more county champs with Nicholas Bradley (10.88) in the 100 and Jeremy McDuffie (39.24) in the 300 hurdles.

Mill Creek's Tyler Woodrome added to his 1,600 title on Monday by winning the 800 with a time of 1:57.17.

"I got boxed in at 150 (meters) to go," Woodrome said. "I got frustrated and kicked it in. It was a good race."

Peachtree Ridge's Josh Brickell, the two-time defending state champion, won the 3,200 with a time of 9:14.20.

North Gwinnett won the 3,200 relay with a time of 8:13.90 and Mill Creek's 1,600 relay won with a time of 3:26.08.