Peachtree Ridge’s Kevin Mills heads toward the finish line during his first place finish at the Gwinnett County Cross Country Championships on Saturday morning in Duluth. (Photo: David McGregor)
DULUTH — Paced by an individual first-place finish from Kevin Mills, Peachtree Ridge’s boys won their first Gwinnett County Cross Country Championship on Saturday at the River Green Complex.
In the girls’ championship, Brookwood edged Peachtree Ridge by two points as the Broncos got Top 10 finishes from Lauren Brennan in fourth and Laurel Sumner in sixth to take the title for the fourth time in five years.
Individually, it was Providence Christian’s Tayler Tuttle who ran away from the field early in the girls’ championship and won easily with a time of 18:25, a personal best for the senior.
“It feels great to win county,” Tuttle said. “It was a goal this season and also got a PR today by five seconds. This tells me that I can compete with this kind of competition. It helps my confidence for the rest of the year.”
In the boys’ team competition, Peachtree Ridge scored 48 points as the Lions also got Top 10 finishes from Isaac Penman in seventh place and Evan Beck in 10th place.
“It’s exciting to get this first county win because these guys have worked so hard,” said Peachtree Ridge head coach Ron Clanton. “They started working this summer after losing our All-American in Josh (Brickell) and they dug their heels in to get better. Now it’s starting to show in the results.”
Brookwood finished in a close second place with 55 points, followed by Collins Hill in third with 96, last year’s county champion Mill Creek was fourth with 107 and Parkview was fifth with 145, Individually, Mills posted a time of 15:37 and pulled away from the field en route to the victory.
“I felt really good out and I give a lot of credit to my coaches,” said Mills. “They’ve been training me right this year after I was over-training a little bit last year. This is a great course, nice and flat. I love this course since it is our home course.”
Tyler Woodrome of Mill Creek placed second with a time of 15:55 and he was followed by Shiloh’s Bryan Kamau in third (16:09), Daniel Ellis of Collins Hill in fourth (16:10), Miles Yapp of Brookwood in fifth (16:14), Nahom Solomon of Shiloh in sixth (16:16.2), Penman of Peachtree Ridge in seventh (16:16.4), Nic Schofer of Parkview in eighth (16:22), Chris O’Brien of Brookwood in ninth (16:27) and Beck of Peachtree Ridge in 10th (16:30). Peachtree Ridge also got scoring finishes from Nate Reichard in 11th place (16:31), Brian Longobardi in 19th (16:50), Pedro Solares in 36th (17:12) and Michael Armstrong in 37th (17:18).
Brookwood’s girls accumulated 61 points and edged out Peachtree Ridge, which finished with 63 points. Along with Brennan’s fourth-place finish (19:02) and Sumner’s sixth-place finish (19:10), the Broncos also got a 16th-place finish from Mackenzie Ellison (19:56), Lauren Flynt in 17th (19:59), Nina Thomason 18th (20:01), Ashley Buda 22nd (20:10) and Holly Gunder 43rd (20:56).
“We ran pretty well today,” said Brookwood head coach Chris Carter. “We had two freshmen come along in Mackenzie Ellison and Lauren Flynt. Along with Lauren and Laurel, we ran well and I’m proud of them. But I know we have room to grow.”
Rounding out the girls’ championship scoring, Collins Hill was third with 110 points, Wesleyan fourth with 130 and Mill Creek fifth with 141.
Rounding out the girls’ Top 10 individually included Addy Lippett of Peachtree Ridge in second with a time of 18:52, Mill Creek’s Lauren Hovis third (19:00), Brennan of Brookwood fourth (19:02), Caroline Reed of Wesleyan fifth (19:03), Sumner of Brookwood sixth (19:10), Laurel Wilson of Peachtree Ridge seventh (19:12), Hannah Lopez of Mill Creek eighth (19:14), Emily Swanigan of Providence ninth (19:26) and Courtney Czerniak of North 10th (19:36).
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