Cross Country 2018-03-26T11:22:45+00:00


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Clarkston and Lakeside Boys Make Podium at Cross Country State Meets

The Clarkston Angoras finished in the Top 3 at state for the fifth consecutive season. The Clarkston Angoras and Lakeside Vikings made appearances on the podium at their [...]

DCSD Sending 18 Teams to GHSA State Cross Country Meets

Clarkston's Rukundo Uwimana (front right) and teammate Mathurn Allawai (front left) led the Angoras to the Region 5-5A title. (Photo by Mark Brock) Eighteen DeKalb County cross country [...]

Clarkston, Stephenson Win Races at Arabia Mountain

Clarkston's Rukundo Uwimana (front right) pulled from teammate Mathurn Allawai (front left) to win the make-up race at Arabia Mountain. (Photo by Mark Brock) DeKalb County made up [...]

Dunwoody, Lakeside Run to 2017 DCSD County Cross Country Titles

2017 DCSD County Cross Country Champions -- Dunwoody Lady Wildcats The Dunwoody Lady Wildcats and Lakeside Vikings unseated the 2016 champions with victories in the girls’ and boys’ [...]

Lakeside, Dunwoody Swap JV Cross Country County Championship Titles

2017 DCSD JV Girls Cross Country County Champions -- Lakeside Lady Vikings New champions were crowned at the 2017 DCSD JV Cross Country County Championships as Lakeside and [...]

Stephenson Sweeps Races at Arabia Mountain

Cedar Grove's Tyvontae Stokes Stephenson picked up a sweep in the first Week 6 race at Arabia Mountain as teams get ready for the 2017 DCSD County Championships [...]

Lakeside, M.L. King Sweep Races at Druid Hills Middle Course

Lakeside's Jake Tubesing set a new fastest time for 2017 in DeKalb County competition at 17:29.00 to win individual honors on Tuesday. (Photo by Mark Brock) The fifth [...]

Chamblee Bulldogs Edge Out Druid Hills and Clarkston for Boys’ Victory

Clarkston's Mathurn Allawai battled Druid Hills' Carter Rathur to pull out a .10 second victory in the first boys' race. (Photo by Mark Brock) The Bulldog runners from [...]

Chamblee Sweeps Boys’ and Girls’ Races at Arabia Mountain

Chamblee's Beining Xiao led the Lady Bulldogs to a win at Arabia Mountain. (Photo by Mark Brock) The second week of cross country action shifted to Arabia Mountain [...]

Lakeside Tops Clarkston in DCSD Cross Country Openers

Lakeside's Mikias Mekonen on the way to victory. (Photo by Mark Brock) The first DeKalb County cross country meet was held Tuesday with the Lakeside Vikings and Lady [...]

Clarkston Three-peats as Class 5A X-Country State Champions

Three-peat Class 5A Boys' Cross Country State Champions -- Clarkston Angoras The Clarkston Angoras proved once again that team running is the key to success. With a team [...]

DCSD Qualified 19 Teams for Cross Country State Championships

Clarkston's Suheib Mohamed repeated as a region champ by taking the 5-5A gold. (Photo by Mark Brock) Nine DeKalb County School District (DCSD) boys’ teams and 10 girls’ [...]

Lady Vikings, Angoras Capture 2016 DCSD Cross Country Titles

2016 DCSD Cross Country County Girls Champions -- Lakeside Vikings New champions were crowned at the 2016 DeKalb County School District’s Cross Country County Championships on Tuesday as [...]

Clarkston, Dunwoody Set to Duel Lakeside for DCSD Co. Cross Country Titles

Clarkston's Bineyam Tumbo won his third race of the season by running his second fastest time of the year in 17:18.63. (Photo by Mark Brock) The Lakeside Vikings [...]

Lady Wildcats Win 6th Consecutive JV Cross Country County Title

2016 JV Girls Cross Country Champions -- Dunwoody Lady Wildcats The Dunwoody Lady Wildcats retained the crown of DeKalb County girls’ junior varsity cross country champions for the [...]

Tigers, Lady Rams Wrap-up Regular Season with Wins

Tucker senior Ryan Wurapa finished up the regular season with an individual title at Arabia Mountain on Tuesday to lead the Tigers to the team win. (Photo by Mark [...]

Lakeside Sweeps a Pair of DeKalb Cross Country Races

Lakeside's Morgan Mihalis recorded the fastest girls' time in DeKalb County this season with a 20:06.02 to lead Lakeside to victory on Tuesday. (Photo by Mark Brock) Lakeside [...]

Angoras Sweep Top 6 at Arabia Mountain Meet

Clarkston's Bineyam Tumbo led a group of six consecutive Angoras to cross the finish line in the Angoras win at Arabia Mountain. (Photo by Mark Brock) The Clarkston [...]

Tumbo Clocks Fastest Time This Season in DCSD Meets

Clarkston senior Bineyam Tumbo set the county's fastest time in DCSD meets at 17:17.23 in his second win of the season. (Photo by Mark Brock) Clarkston senior Bineyam [...]

Tewolde Runs Fastest Time in First Meet at Arabia Mountain

Druid Hills' Ermais Tewolde ran the fastest time at Arabia Mountain in the first meet held at the trail this season. (Photo by Mark Brock) Junior Ermais Tewolde [...]


Cross Key's Leonel Ayala won the 2009 and 2010 Class AA state titles.

Cross Key’s Leonel Ayala won
the 2009 and 2010 Class AA state

DeKalb County Schools has made its mark on the cross country scene since the 1950s when state competition began with the boys. Since that time the county has brought home 20 state titles in boys and 5 in the girls’ competition.

The first team state title came in 1957 as the Druid Hills boys won the first of two consecutive titles (1957, 1958). Lakeside and the now defunct Gordon High lead the county with five state titles apiece. Lakeside won five titles in a seven-year span from 1969 to 1975, the only non-title years coming in 1971 and 1974.

Gordon won all five of its titles in consecutive years from 1981 to 1985. Clarkston (2014, 2015, 2016), Tucker (1965), Shamrock (1970), Lithonia (1972), Dunwoody (1974), Avondale (1977), Towers (1980) and Chamblee (1986) hold the other 10 boys titles.

Clarkston (2014) broke a 28 year drought since the last boys’ state title in 1986 by Chamblee and repeated the feat in 2015 and 2016 to win back-to-back-to-back state titles in the county for the first time since the five year run of Gordon. The 2016 title made Clarkston the third DCSD boys’ team to win three state titles.

The DeKalb boys’ teams have combined for a total of 126 top ten finishes (including the 21 titles). Lakeside leads the way with 33 top ten finishes followed by Druid Hills with 22 and Chamblee rounds out the teams in double figures with its 18 top ten finishes.

The county has 17 of its current 19 high schools with at least one top ten finish including Clarkston (5), Cross Keys (3, 2010), Shamrock (8), Gordon (6), Briarcliff (3), Sequoyah (2), Walker (2) and Henderson (1) combined for 23 of the top ten finishes before they were closed.

The county boasts 27 boys’ individual state champions beginning with Avondale’s Hugh Tankersley with the first individual state title in 1955. Gordon’s James Flack won titles in 1982 to 1984, during Gordon’s five-year reign as the team champ.

Walker’s Ricky Watson became the first two-time champion with state titles in 1971 to 1972. Avondale’s Chase Van Valkenburg (1976 to 1977), Chamblee’s John Boney (1990 to 1991), Lakeside’s Joe Thorne (2000 to 2001) and Leonel Ayala (2009-2010) of Cross Keys were also two-time state champs. Lakeside’s Davis Stockwell became the latest individual title holder with the Class 6A crown in 2014.

Boys’ State Titles (21)

  • Lakeside (5) 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975;
  • Gordon (5) 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985
  • Clarkston (3) 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Druid Hills (2) 1957, 1958
  • Avondale (1) 1977
  • Chamblee (1) 1986
  • Dunwoody (1) 1974
  • Lithonia (1) 1972
  • Shamrock (1) 1970
  • Towers (1) 1980
  • Tucker (1) 1965


Chamblee's Emily Reese completed her career in 2007 as a four-time state champion.

Chamblee’s Emily Reese completed her career in 2007 as a four-time state champion.

Peachtree High, no longer in existence, won the first girls team state title in 1979 and was followed by Chamblee in 1981 and Gordon in 1982 (giving Gordon a sweep of the two titles in 1982).

Dunwoody broke the girls’ 30 year streak without a state title by capturing the Class AAAAA state title in 2012, the school’s first girls’ state title in cross country. Dunwoody became the first girls’ team to win two state titles by capturing the 2014 crown and won their third in 2015 to repeat as state champions.

Lakeside also leads the county in top ten finishes on the girls’ side with a county high of 21 out of the 68 within the county. Druid Hills has ten top ten team finishes and Chamblee with its one state title has nine, along with Dunwoody.

Dunwoody’s Alex Cameron won the 2012 Class AAAAA individual title to run the girls’ individual title total to 17.

The girls’ first individual state title came in the inaugural season of the state competition in 1975 when Lakeside’s Kristi Hanna won the AAA title. Chamblee’s Emily Reese is the most notable girls’ champion with four state titles to her credit including the 2004 and 2005 Class AAAA titles and the 2006 and 2007 Class AAA titles.

Meghan Wetterhall of Lakeside was the last girl to claim a state title with her 2008 Class AAAA crown until Cameron claimed the Class AAAAA state championship in 2012.

DeKalb has three other two-time state title winners including Stacie Reich of Chamblee (1980 to 1981), Loreen White of Gordon (1982 to 1983) and Chamblee’s Allison Danford (1990 to 1991).

Girls’ State Titles (6)

  • Dunwoody (3) 2012, 2014, 2015
  • Peachtree (1) 1979
  • Chamblee (1) 1981
  • Gordon (1) 1982