Teams from virtually all classifications converged in Carrollton over the weekend to settle pecking order for the 2012 season — with some area competitors walking away with top individual and/or team honors.
The Dunwoody girls squad earned its first ever state team title.
The Lady Wildcats were led in their pursuit of the top Class AAAAA prize by individual champ Alex Cameron.
Her time of 19 minutes, 49 seconds beat out archrival and runner-up Lakeside’s Jenn Cora.
“She’s worked hard on a daily basis,” said Dunwoody coach Bryan Boucher of his star junior.
“She’s had some rough races this year … I think she came back at the state meet with the mind set to finish strong and that’s exactly what she did.”
Hayley Keady gave Dunwoody a boost by finishing third, as did the senior trio of Kailey Williams, Erin Berger and Kenzie Johnson.
Marist, in what has become a familiar theme this time of year, claimed both the girls and boys Class 4-A titles.
On the boys’ side, individual champ Michael Thurston’s time of 16 minutes 13 seconds was three seconds faster than runner-up and teammate Daniel Navarro.
Teammate Jack Leahy came in fifth to complete the rout.
The Marist Lady War Eagles, led by Morgan Ilse, will once again add GHSA hardware to their trophy collection.
Ilse cruised to victory, finishing the course in 19 minutes, 16 seconds. Teammate Kate Northrop placed fifth as fellow Lady War Eagles Marlaina Schwab, Myriam Shehata and Kellie Kratzenberg occupied spots in the top 15 to preserve the win.
St. Pius X
The St. Pius X boys and girls’ squads made it look just as easy in winning their Class 3-A titles.
The Golden Lions’ Austin Sprague topped the field at 16 minutes, 26 seconds. His strong competition came from teammates Calvin Tirrell (second place), Joseph Ferrugia (third) and Andrew Anastasiades (fifth).
The Lady Golden Lions triumphed on the legs of Devon Dabney (second place), Margaret Crawford (third), Emma Jayne Braxton (seventh) and fellow top 15 finishers Katie Glenn, Elizabeth Pettit and Sarah Fristoe.