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Peachtree Ridge claims state girls cross country title, beats Brookwood

Peachtree Ridge’s Caroline Williams, left, and Addy Lippitt celebrate holding the trophy after winning the girls AAAAAA cross country title Saturday in Carrollton. (Photo: Karl L. Moore)

Peachtree Ridge’s Caroline Williams, left, and Addy Lippitt celebrate holding the trophy after winning the girls AAAAAA cross country title Saturday in Carrollton. (Photo: Karl L. Moore)

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Runners take off at the start of the girls AAAAAA state cross country championship Saturday in Carrollton. (Photo: Karl L. Moore)

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Brookwood’s Lauren Brennan heads to the finish line in the girls AAAAAA State Cross Country Championship finishing third Saturday at Carrollton.

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Mill Creek’s Lauren Hovis heads to the finish line in the girls AAAAAA State Cross Country Championship finishing fourth Saturday at Carrollton.

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Peachtree Ridge’s Addison Lippitt heads to the finish line in the girls AAAAAA State Cross Country Championship finishing fifth Saturday in Carrollton. (Photo: Karl L. Moore)

CARROLLTON — Peachtree Ridge’s girls placed five runners in the top 40 and rode that consistency to the 2013 Class AAAAAA state cross country title Saturday.

Addy Lippitt led the way for Peachtree Ridge with a fifth-place finish in a time of 19:27 as the Lions accumulated 119 points, which was 12 points ahead of second-place Brookwood with 131.

Meghan Peel came in 22nd for Peachtree Ridge with a time of 20:11, while Caroline Williams was 25th with a clocking of 20:18.

Laurel Wilson was 32nd (20:27) and she was followed by Haley Spears in 37th (20:38) as Peachtree Ridge claimed its first girls title in school history.

“I haven’t had an opportunity to feel this way since 2008,” said Peachtree Ridge head coach Ron Clanton. “That was the last time the boys won, but this is the first time for the girls and it feels good. I’m just so proud of them.”

Brookwood, the defending state champion, was led by Lauren Brennan’s third-place finish in a time of 19:16.

Walton’s Avery Bussjager won the girls’ 5K with a time of 19:04 while Marietta’s Mary Jeanne Assinzo was second at 19:13.

Lauren Hovis of Mill Creek also placed in the top 10 with a fourth-place finish in a time of 19:22 while teammate Hannah Lopez was eighth with a 19:40 on the clock.

Collins Hill came in ninth-place with 223 points and the Eagles were followed by Mill Creek in 11th with 257, North Gwinnett in 14th with 317, Parkview in 17th with 435, Grayson in 19th with 472 and Dacula in 21st with 546.

Rounding out the team scoring included Marietta in third with 151 points, Walton in fourth with 186, West Forsyth in fifth with 200, Etowah in sixth with 210, South Forsyth in seventh with 211, Harrison in eighth with 219 and Roswell in 10th with 243.