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Atlanta Track Club Names 2017's Top High School Runners, 1st, 2nd and 3rd All Metro Cross Country Teams

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ATLANTA – December 5, 2017 –  Makena Gates, a freshman at Creekview High School, and Sam Bowers, a senior at Milton High School received top honors at the 54th Annual All Metro Cross Country Banquet hosted by Atlanta Track Club Tuesday night. Gates, the 6A State Champion, won the Ray Buckley Award for Girls Runner of the Year while Bowers, who placed 35th at the recent Nike Cross Country Nationals Meet, won the Jeff Benton Award for Boys Runner of the Year.

“I just went out there, had fun and tried to do my best,” said 6A State Champion Gates. “Next year, I just want to improve and try to not get injured. I want to contine to get better.”

“Being honored tonight was incredible,” said Bowers. “I’m really looking forward to being pushed to the next level of competition next year.” He will run for the University of Georgia in 2018.

“I look back fondly on my high school cross country days,” said Carrie Tollefson, the evening’s guest host who competed in the 1500 in the 2004 Olympic Games and is now one of the most prominent track & field and road running broadcasters in the United States. “It was an amazing and fulfilling experience for me to see how running has positively impacted the lives of these young athletes and hear how it will continue to be a part of their futures.”

Nine coaches were honored for coaching state championship teams with Jimmy Sorrells of Flowery Brand High School receiving the Paul Koshewa Coaches Dedication Award for girls coaches and Jack Coleman of Marietta High School winning the Jerry Frasier Coaches Dedication Award for boys coaches. Emily Enriquez (Borsare) (McIntosh’07), Robert Medcalf (Parkview ’82) and Amy Eubanks (Westminster, Coach) were inducted into the Georgia Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Together, the All Metro honorees represented 10 counties and 28 schools. The All Metro Cross Country Banquet is Atlanta Track Club’s oldest event, occuring every year since the Club’s founding in 1964.

Below are the honorees. Bios can be found here and ga.milesplit.com

 

Individual Award Winners

 

Ray Buckley Award – Girls Runner of Year

Makena Gates

Creekview High School

Jeff Benton Award – Boys Runner of the Year

Sam Bowers

Milton High School

Paul Koshewa Coaches Dedication Award (Girls)

Jimmy Sorrells

Flowery Branch High School

Jerry Frasier Coaches Dedication Award (Boys)

Jack Coleman

Marietta High School

 

All Metro Girls’ 1st Team

 

Name

School

County

Class

Makena Gates

Creekview High School

Cherokee

2021

Mary Kathryn Knott

Peachtree Ridge High School

Gwinnett

2018

Mary Kellison Thorne

Landmark Christian School

Fulton

2018

Elizabeth Rice

Kennesaw Mountain High School

Cobb

2018

Kathleen Maley

Marist School

Dekalb

2019

Megan Uszynski

McIntosh High School

Fayette

2020

Naima Turbes

Westminster School

Fulton

2018

 

All Metro Boys’ 1st Team

 

Name

School

County

Class

Sam Bowers

Milton High School

Fulton

2018

Nicholas Yanek

Milton High School

Fulton

2018

Nick Nyman

Starrs Mill High School

Fayette

2019

Kyle Harkabus

East Cowetta High School

Coweta

2020

Adrian Hernandez

Altoona High School

Cobb

2018

Chase Condra

Peachtree Ridge High School

Gwinnett

2019

Tyler Fox

Lambert High School

Forsyth

2018

 

All Metro Girls’ 2nd Team

 

Name

School

County

Class

Anna Burnett

Woodstock High School

Cherokee

2019

Kaylee Dupont

South Forsyth High School

Forsyth

2018

Skylar English

Dacula High School

Gwinnett

2018

Erin Fegans

Landmark Christian School

Fulton

2020

Ellie Hall

Marietta High School

Cobb

2019

Nyah Hernandez

Creekview High School

Cherokee

2020

Josie Wirtz

Marist School

Dekalb

2018

 

All Metro Boys’ 2nd Team

 

Name

School

County

Class

Robert Chappell

Alpharetta High School

Fulton

2018

James Cragin

Archer High School

Gwinnett

2018

Jack Filan

Cambridge High School

Fulton

2019

Calan Gizelbach

Forsyth Central High School

Forsyth

2019

Knox Pittman

Marist School

Dekalb

2018

William O’Reilly

Marist School

Dekalb

2018

Zach Jaeger

McIntosh High School

Fayette

2019

All Metro Girls’ 3rd Team

 

Name

School

County

Class

Jackie Addy

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

Fulton

2019

Brenda Ayuk

Alexander High School

Douglas

2018

Sarah Foreman

Landmark Christian School

Fulton

2018

Reagan Mahoney

Atlanta International School

Fulton

2020

Haley Rose

Decatur High School

Dekalb

2020

Morgan Vaden

St. Pius X

Dekalb

2020

Sophia West

Paideia

Dekalb

2018

All Metro Boys’ 3rd Team

 

Name

School

County

Class

Lee Keil

Lambert High School

Forsyth

2018

Domonic Macias

Union Grove High School

Henry

2020

Griffin McCauley

Paideia

Dekalb

2018

Jordan Perez

St. Pius X

Dekalb

2018

Will Wallace

Westminster Schools

Fulton

2019

Koi Williams

Alexander High School

Douglas

2018

Mekhi Williams

Alexander High School

Douglas

2018