Dunwoody High School Cross Country News
Girls Team Wins AAAAA State Championship
Boys Improve from 15th to 12th Place
History was made for the Dunwoody cross country team on Saturday in Carrollton at the 2012 GHSA State Championships. The boys led off the warm afternoon by improving on their 15th place team finish last year with a 12th place finish in the 5A race. The Wildcats were led by Blake Tiede (49th), Adam Christopher (55th), and Connor McKnight (61st). They were followed by the rest of the Varsity boys - Tyler Lu, Quinton Johnson, Cadmiel Velazquez, and Noah Goldstein. A great end to a great season for the boys team!
The girls then took the line in what was to be a tightly contested battle for the team title and for "podium spots" (top 4 teams). The girls steadily moved up throughout the race and when it was all settled, Dunwoody emerged victorious and earned their first ever State Championship! The girls finished with 86 points, and were followed by fellow Region rival Lakeside who finished second with 135 points. The girls were led by a State Champion, Alex Cameron, who finished first by 19 seconds. She was followed close behind by Kailey Williams, who finished fourth overall. Following close behind her were Ansley Heavern (16th), Erin Berger (25th), Kenzie Johnson (41st), Ann-Marie Sills (49th), and Jennifer Hardister (91st).
This was a great day of "Firsts" for the Dunwoody cross country program. Alex is the school's first individual State Champion, this is the girls first ever State Championship (2nd overall for the school - Boys - 1974), and the first team cross country championship from a DeKalb County school since 1982. Congratulations to the girls on their great performance, they have worked hard all season and stayed focused on their goals. It paid off with a DeKalb County Championship, a Region 6-AAAAA Championship, and, now, a 5A State Championship!