In Class 6A, North Atlanta and Pope enter as favorites for the boys. North Atlanta’s success came from their top four runners, who had great seasons. Pope is among the top five runners in the state. Marist, Roswell, Blessed Trinity and Creekview are all top contenders for the state title. On the girls’ side, Marist has only managed to win the state meet four times since 2000 in an incredible race of dominance. In total, Marist has 22 women’s cross country titles. Blessed Trinity looks to struggle after winning Region 7 and defeating Pope and Roswell. St. Pius X, Pope, Roswell and Sequoyah are other 6A contenders.
In Class 5A, the Decatur girls are looking to win their first-ever State XC title. Their top 5 runners are dangerous and they bring back Gabriella Malerba, who looked like a championship contender. McIntosh, Northview, Cambridge and Greenbrier are among the top contenders. On the boys’ side, Decatur comes in as heavy favorites for the 5A state title, and they’re looking to win their third title in four seasons. It was a memorable moment for the Decatur Boys as they beat powerhouse 7A Brookwood at Jekyll Island earlier in the season at Coach Wood. In the state title race, Chapel Hill, Chattahoochee, McIntosh and Greater Atlanta Christian are teams to watch.
In Class 4A, the Westminster girls are trying to extend one of Georgia’s longest championship streaks. Pace Academy and Starr’s Mill may have something to say about this. For the boys, all eyes are once again on Westminster as Starr’s Mill looks to shake things up. A group of veterans run the Starr factory with three seniors as the top five runners, which could prove invaluable. The Westminster boys have won six consecutive championships.
In the 3A class, it’s all about Wesleyan, the favorite on the women’s side, and they are looking to win their 3rd consecutive XC title after the move to 3A from private 1A. Oconee County, Wesleyan, Pike County, Pickens County and Lumpkin County are among the top contenders for the boys. On the girls’ side, Oconee County (seeking its first title), Columbus and Mary Persons hunt the Wolves.
In class 2A, for boys, Athens Academy enters as the favorite to win the state. They have two under-17 runners and one under-18 runner. Athens Academy is seeking its first championship since 2012. Vidalia, Mount Paran and Fannin County are all in contention. On the girls’ side, the Savannah Academy of the Arts is looking to win their first championship. Athens Academy, Fellowship Christian and Landmark Christian are the main candidates.
In Class A Public, the boys’ championship will be an exciting battle as there are no favourites. This state title is up for grabs as various teams will have a say in determining the outcome. Atkinson County has the best 1-5 runners’ average, Georgia Military College Prep has the second-fastest average and won five state championships in 2012-18, and Atlanta Classical Academy won a regional title This year. For the girls, it starts with Atlanta Classical Academy, who are the favorites and have an average of 23:46:84 among their top 5 runners. Atkinson County, Chattahoochee County and Furlow Charter Schools are all in the running.
In Private Class A, the boys’ Division 1A 1A encounter will be the ultimate showdown between two teams who have traded blows throughout the season. Paideia is the first team with a big chance at the state championship this year. They are looking to win their first title in school history. The Pythons have finished third in 1A Private for the past three years. Paideia’s biggest roadblock will be their regional rivals, Whitefield Academy, the reigning Private State 1A champions. Whitefield is seeking his second straight state championship.
Boys Champions 2021: 7A: Mill Creek, 6A: Richmond Hill, 5A: Decatur X, 4A: Chestatee, 3A: Westminster, 2A: Pace Academy, A Private: Whitefield Academy, A Public: Armuchee.
2021 Girls Champions: 7A: Marietta, 6A: North Atlanta, 5A: St. Pius X, 4A: Marist, 3A: Westminster, 2A: Pace Academy, A Private: Wesleyan, A Public: Armuchee.
November 4-5, 2022
Carrollton High School
202 trojan drive
Friday, November 4, 2022
9h00 – A Div.1 Boys
9:45 a.m. – A Div.1 Girls
10:30 a.m. – A Div.2 Boys
11h15 – A Div.2 Girls
12:00 – 7A Boys
12:45 p.m. – 7A Girls
Saturday, November 5, 2022
8h00 – 2A Boys
8:45 am – Girls 2A
9:30 a.m. – 3A Boys
10:15 a.m. – 3A Girls
11:00 a.m. – 4A Boys
11:45 a.m. – 4A Girls
12:30 p.m. – 6A Boys
1:15 p.m. – 6A Girls
2:00 p.m. – 5A Boys
2:45 p.m. – 5A Girls
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