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Stone Mountain runners came out of the gate fast at opening meet
Stone Mountain runners came out of the gate fast at opening meet

Stone Mountain junior cross country runners Nahome Abera and Abel Abay opened the 2011 DeKalb County cross country season with sub-18 minute times to lead the Pirates to victory in the second varsity race at the Druid Hills Middle course on Tuesday.

Abera took first in the race with a time of 17:33.98 and Abay was second in 17:38.19 as the Pirates outran Dunwoody 29-50 for the team victory.

Junior teammate Robert Madrigal took fifth to give the Pirates three runners in the Top 5 as he finished in a time of 18:37.01.

Southwest DeKalb had the third and fourth place finishers in senior Malik Wheeler (18:22.61) and junior Jacques Williams (18:31.44).

Dunwoody grabbed second by placing three runners in the Top 10 led by freshman Blake Tiede in sixth (19:22.00) senior Darren Rogoff in eighth (19:37.22) and sophomore Calvin Kennedy in 10th (19:57.21).

The Dunwoody Lady Wildcats cruised to an easy 23-105 victory over Stephenson in the girls' second varsity race led by sophomores Jennifer and Elizabeth Hardister in second (23:11.40) and third (25:17.31), respectively.

Dunwoody placed six runners in the Top 10 in the competition.

Southwest DeKalb senior Greciana Cooper ran the best girls' time of the day with a timing of 19:59.36 to take first in the race.

Cross Keys swept the opening varsity races of the season with Indians taking the boys' victory 18-107 over Tucker and the Lady Indians downed Cedar Grove 33-50.

Six Cross Keys runners placed in the Top 10 in the boys' competition led by junior Tony Ramos (19:06.29), senior Franky Guzman (19:25.01), sophomore Juan Garcia (19:26.80) and sophomore Miguel Hernandez (19:27.76) in first through fourth, respectively.

Lithonia sophomore Justin Goodson rounded out the Top 5 with a time of 19:28.34.

The Lady Indians also placed six runners in the Top 10, but despite not taking one of the top three spots they captured the victory over Cedar Grove.

Cedar Grove twins Christian and Kayla Pryor, both juniors, took first (23:21.10) and second (23:34.75), respectively to lead the Lady Saints to the second place finish.

Tucker's Marah Williams was third in a time of 23:36.96 before Cross Keys'

freshman Patricia Alvarez crossed in fourth in a time of 23:49.52 as six of the Lady Indians took six of the next seven Top 10 spots. Senior Katherine Narvaez gave the Lady Indians two in the Top 5 as she clocked a 25:03.80 for fifth.