Dreher’s girls cross country team returned to the Top 10 this season after missing the cut in 2007. The Blue Devils placed ninth at the Class 3A state finals on Nov. 8 with the added bonus of having sophomore Allyson Hill earn all-state recognition.
Hill was 13th with a time of 19:55.62 while leading Dreher to a 255-point team score. Hill’s best performance of the season was a 19:25 effort while finished second at the Region 5-3A championship meet two weeks prior to state. It was a personal record for Hill, and the first national elite time of her career.
Dreher won the region championship and was the highest 5-3A finisher at state.
Seventh-grader Ashbrook Gwinn and freshman Karina Colon also had impressive state showings, auguring even better things to come in the future for the Blue Devils. Gwinn was 20th with a time of 20:15, while Colon checked in 24th in 20:29. Senior Alanti McGill (96th, 22:51) and junior Melissa Bloom (106th, 23:10) were the other Dreher scoring runners.
The Dreher boys team placed 15th with 410 points. Junior Collin Glass (54th, 18:02), freshman Julian Scott (61st, 18:09), sophomore Quayshun Hawkins (88th, 18:40), senior Tanner Dalton (90th, 18:40) and junior Alaric Bruce (137th, 19:56) were the Blue Devils’ scoring runners.