Williams jumps to pair of wins
by MDJ staff reports
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Two titles down, another two potentially to come for Kendell Williams.

The Kell senior won the Class AAAAA high jump and long jump Friday at the track and field state championships in Albany, giving her 10 state titles for her career.

“I was kind of speechless because I wasn’t expecting to do this well at all,” Williams said of her two newest titles.

The Georgia-bound Williams will have the opportunity to win another two events today — the 100-meter hurdles and as a potential member of Kell’s 1,600 relay team. She qualified first in the 100 hurdle preliminaries, by more than 1½ seconds.

Williams’ win in the long jump came in record-setting fashion, as she set a new Class AAAAA meet record with a distance of 20 feet, 9¾ inches — besting the previous record she established on an earlier attempt (20 ¾). Williams leapt nearly 2 feet further than the runner-up, Miller Grove’s Tiffany Flynn (18-11¼).

“I most impressed by the fact that my jumps were increasing every time,” Williams said. “I usually see my big jumps at the beginning.”

The high jump was closer, with Williams holding off a pair of familiar rivals. She cleared 5-8, beating Creekview’s Camille Fahrnbauer and Allatoona’s Dessaa Legros, who each hit 5-4. Legros was third after losing a tiebreaker on fewer attempts.

Marietta’s Jenessa Jackson, Allatoona’s Elise Moffatt and Whitefield Academy’s Naomi Grand Pierre also came away with titles Friday.

For Jackson, it was nearly a sweep of the Class AAAAAA throwing events, winning the shot put and finishing second in the discus. Jackson threw 45-11 in the shot put and won by 1½ feet, while her mark of 139-11 in the discus was second to Norcross’ Cassidy Johnson (145-1). Harrison’s Josettte Hardin (117-1) was sixth.

Moffatt gave Allatoona a sweep of the pole vault titles, eight days after Tray Oates won the boys championship. Moffatt was one of three athletes to clear 11-6, but she won a tiebreaker with Creekview’s Anna Dunn and Lee County’s Holly Ebbets.

Moffatt’s Allatoona teammate, Emma Batch, matched Pope’s Ali Moxley and Kell’s Marissa Keith at 9-6, but Batch, too, won a tiebreaker to claim fifth, with Moxley sixth and Keith seventh.

Grand Pierre won the 1,600 run in the Class A private-school competition, crossing the line in 5 minutes, 5.70 seconds, less than a second ahead of First Presbyterian Day’s Grace Tinkey (5:06.48).

Kennesaw Mountain’s DoVon Johnson was unable to win consecutive triple jump titles, leaping 37-9½ to finish runner-up to Tri-Cities’ Keyasia Tibbs (38-5½).

Pope’s Andrea Vahoua was a two-time placer in Class AAAAA — second in the discus (121-5) and third in the shot put (40-1½) — while Marietta’s Elizabeth Hartley was fifth in the Class AAAAAA high jump (5-4).

In the Class AAAAAA 3,200, Walton teammates Alexa Womack and Avery Bussjager both placed, with Womack (10:57.94) third and Bussjager (11:12.47) seventh.

The state meet will wrap today with the remaining running event finals.

Marietta leads the Class AAAAAA team standings with 31 points, with Norcross (23), Johns Creek (22) and Walton (19) and Mill Creek (17) rounding out the top five. Kennesaw Mountain (15) is seventh.

Numbers may end up being the Lady Blue Devils’ undoing, with only three athletes remaining — Nyasia Mercado and Mary Jeanne Assinzo in the 800, and Areale Frazier in the 300 hurdles.

In Class AAAAA, Kell (22) is second to Whitewater, with all but two points scored by Williams. The Lady Longhorns have entrants in four events today — Williams in the 100 hurdles, Marielle Lewis in the 800 and Ledaysha Smith in the 300 hurdles and the 1,600 relay.

Allatoona (20) is fourth, with Pope (17) sixth.

Walker (19.5) is sixth among the Class A private schools.
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