Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Greater Atlanta Christian's Micah Abernathy, center, crosses the finish line during the final leg of the boys 4x100 meter relay of the Class 2A State Sectionals track meet at Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross Saturday. Greater Atlanta Christian relay team placed second in the event with a time of 42.97.
Josh Brickell will head to Jefferson today looking to put an exclamation mark on his already decorated running career.
The Peachtree Ridge senior will try to win the 3,200-meter race for the third straight year and try to re-claim the 1,600 title.
"I'm hoping to have a good meet," Brickell said
Brickell is the heavy favorite to repeat in the 3,200. The Furman signee has the state's top time with 9 minutes, 14.20 seconds.
It's a different story in the 1,600 where Brickell finished third in last year's state meet after winning it in 2011.
"It definitely motivates me," Brickell said of the loss.
Mill Creek's Tyler Woodrome has the state's top time with 4:13.41 and has defeated Brickell at the regional and sectional meets.
"The mile is definitely an open race for me," Brickell said. "It's definitely going to be an uphill battle and something I'm going for."
Wheeler's Adel Yoonis won the 1,600 last year, but did not qualify in the event this season. He will try to three-peat in the 800, but will have to get past North Gwinnett's Andres Littig. The senior as the state's top time with a 1:52.93.
Several other Gwinnett County athletes have a chance for state championships this weekend.
Mill Creek's Michael Cheeks has the top time in 400 with 43.48 seconds this year and will be strong in the 200 as well.
Brookwood's Bailey Vittaoe (high jump) and Jared Munday (shot put) and Parkview's John Patterson (discus) are also state title contenders.
Shiloh's trio of Jeremy McDuffie, Grant Swinton and Nicholas Bradley will score a lot of points for the Generals and put them in position for a trophy.
Gwinnett County teams have won the state championship in the highest classification the last four years. Brookwood is the defending state champion and has won it two of the last three years.
In addition to Shiloh scoring well at the state meet, Mill Creek has a chance to contend for a trophy as well.
The girls state meet will be next week in Albany.