Four Teams Win at Cross Country Meet

Tucker's Nuba Jackson edged out sister Naima at the finish line in just one hundredth of a second.

The weekly cross country meet held at the Druid Hills Middle School course had four different teams picking up wins in the four varsity races on Tuesday.

Clarkston opened the first boys’ race with a 28-36 advantage over second place Chamblee as four runners finished in the top six led by individual champion Hussen Sadik with a time of 18:06.53. Dunwoody was third with 97 points followed by Cross Keys with 105, Arabia Mountain 189, Stephenson 193 and Cedar Grove 329.

Muhozi Aimable gave Clarkston a one-two finish in the race as he took second in a time of 18:23.68. Leiso Tumbo was fourth (18:52.98) and Adisu Adane was sixth (18:55.31) to round out the top Clarkston finishers. Ali Ali was 15th in 19:55.50 to round out the Clarkston scoring.

Chamblee was paced by Aidan Rogers with a third place finish in 18:43.17 and Alex Krupp in fifth in 18:54.31.

The top finisher for Dunwoody was Tyler Lu in 19:15.66 good for 10th and Cross Keys got a top 10 finish from Chao Lin in seventh (18:55.83).

Dunwoody grabbed the top team honors in the first varsity girls’ race by a score of 33-39 over Cedar Grove with Stephenson in third with 129 points.

Christian Pryor of Cedar Grove was the individual winner in 22:32.17, but Dunwoody had five runners in the top 11 finishers led by a two-three finish by Katherine Gephardt (23:24.30) and Brook Joyner (23:56.10.

Arabia Mountain’s Matoaka Wilson was fourth in 24:50.88 can Chamblee’s Hannah Rosen round out the top five in 25:30.81.

The Stone Mountain Pirates had five of the top 16 runners in the second varsity boys’ race, including three of the top four led by Abel Abay who took individual honors in 17:27:30 for the fastest time of the day, in taking a 34-53 win over Southwest DeKalb.

Redan was third with 72 points followed by Tucker with 111 and Martin Luther King Jr. with 168.

Stone Mountain’s Abdullahi Ahmed was third in 18:02.95 and Nahome Abera was fourth in 18:08.48 while Roberto Mandrigal was 10th in 18:43.92.

Southwest DeKalb was again paced by Jacques Williams with a time of 17:47.27 to take second place while teammates Christopher Morris (18:28.13) and Brandon Dorsey (18:41.19) finished seventh and ninth, respectively.

Miller Grove’s Rahiim Aponte ran a time of 18:18.07 to finish in the top five runners.

Southwest DeKalb overcame a 1-2 finish from Tucker to win the second varsity girls’ race 34-51 over Redan while Tucker finished third with 56 points. Nuba Jackson (21:51.59) of Tucker edged out her sister Naima Jackson (21:51.60) at the finish line in just one hundredth of a second to take first.

Southwest DeKalb had three of the next four runners as Kayla Willis (24:05.86) and Daisa Alexander (25:01.04) were third and fourth, respectively, while teammate MaKayla Mincey was sixth in 25:18.64. Miller Grove’s Tomara David was fifth in 25:07.14.

Teams return for the final regular season meet in DeKalb County on Oct. 2 with four races at Arabia Mountain High School beginning at 5:15 p.m.

Mark Brock is the Information Officer/Statistician/Web Manager for DeKalb County Schools Athletics

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