MOULTRIE -- The Region 1-AAAAA champion Colquitt County High boys cross country team will make its third straight trip to state meet in Carrollton today.

The course, which has been used for the state meet for a number of years, has been modified somewhat this year, but still should offer a challenge to those seeking team and state individual championships.

Colquitt County's seven runners will be led by Region 1-AAAAA individual champion Will Blackburn.

Joining him will be Jorge Malagon, Brant Huch, Brett Boyd, Davis Horkan, Nathaniel Hiers and Daniel Phillips.

Phillips was the alternate, but will run in place of his brother Will, who is ill.

Blackburn led the way for the Packers region championship with a 17:42 at the meet held at the Magnolia Sports Complex.

Malagon was fifth and Brant Huch was eighth at the region meet.

Colquitt County's girls finished fourth in the Oct. 23 region meet and were forced to attempt to qualify at a sectional meet last Saturday in Gainesville.

The Lady Packers finished 11th in the meet and did not qualify to go to Carrollton.

"That was about where I thought we'd finish," Colquitt County coach Mell Wier said. "They ran real well."

Wier said he hoped the Packers could finish in the top 18 at the meet.

"Realistically, I think we are capable of that," Wier said.

Brookwood and Collins Hill are among the favorites to win the team championship.

Walton's Charlie Dickhaus and South Gwinnett's Ryley Miller are expected to battle for the individual title. Both could turn in times under 15:30.

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