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The championship rounds of the spring sports season has begun and local teams have brought home titles back to their programs.

The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Track and Field Championships were held from May 10 through 12 at various locations. The Wesleyan girls’ team won the Class A Private state championship for the first time since 2009 with a score of 88. St. Francis placed eighth.

“We were excited and proud of the way the girls competed at the state meet,” Wolves’ coach Candler Baxley said. “Callie Davis set the tone early with a great performance in the triple jump and really got the meet started off on the right foot for us. Meagan Lynch and Sutton West led the way for our team, but we knew that every point would be important and that everyone would have to be at their best to give us a chance to win. It was a total team effort, and it was fun to see the girls compete together and come out with the win.”

Lynch won several individual events including the 100-meter dash in 12.20 seconds with St. Francis’ Kennedy Powell placing seventh. Lynch took home the 200-meter dash title in 24.66 seconds. Lynch rounded out her wins with a victory in the long jump at 5.69 meters. Fellowship Christian athlete Cameron Swartz was third.

The Wolves won the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 48.01 with the participants, including alternates being Amaya Register, Jahni Kerr, Miller Loutha, Lynch, Davis and West. Wesleyan also brought home the 4x100-meter relay in 3:56.32 with the runners being Mary Ann Manley, Kerr, Davis, Register, West and Lynch. West was also second in the high jump. Davis placed fifth in the triple jump and teammate Avyonce Carter was fourth in the discus throw.

Kori McDaniel of St. Francis won the shot put with a distance of 12.98 meters and was second in the discus throw.

Kendall Cook of King’s Ridge was sixth in the 800-meter while Mount Pisgah Christian’s Morgan Millikan was sixth in the 400-meter dash and fourth in the 300-meter hurdles. King’s Ridge runner Heaven Robinson was sixth in the 100-meter hurdles. Teammate Cherie Hewlett placed seventh in the pole vault.

Mount Pisgah’s placed third in the Class A Private competition. Patriots’ runner Kai Williams won the 100 in 10.52 seconds with teammate Jakob Wooten was third. Williams also won the 200 in 21.75 seconds with Wooten taking fifth. Finally, Williams won the high jump at 7.01 meters.

Sean Paradise of St. Francis was third in the 100-meter hurdles while Fellowship’s Rad Aycock placed eighth in the shot put.

In the Class AAAA girls’ competition, Blessed Trinity’s Emma Rose Bagwell was eighth in the 800-meter run while Erin Cole and Hannah Miniutti were fourth and tenth respectively in the 1,600-meter run. Miniutti was also fourth in the 3,200-meter run with teammate Delaney Sheehan was eighth.Titans’ athlete Jana Braden was fifth in the shot put.

The Class AAAA boys’ competition saw Blessed Trinity’s Chris Turko place sixth in the 1,600 while teammates Brennan O’Connor and Matthew Lubert were fifth and tenth respectively in the 3,200. Titans’ athlete Chris Schneider was sixth in the high jump.

The Class AAAAAA boys’ competition saw Alpharetta place second. Alpharetta’s Robert Chappell won the 1,600 with a time of 4:21.99 while Cambridge’s Jack Filan was seventh. Chappell also took home the 3,200 at 9:33.93 and Filan was sixth.

The Raiders’ 4x100 relay unit of Preston Jackson, Kent Cherry, Robbie Ruppel and Dylan Merrell won its event in 41.32 seconds. The 4x400 relay team was third. Jackson placed fourth in the 100 and eighth in the 200. Ruppel was second in the 400.

Chattahoochee’s Jordan Coleman was fifth in the 300 hurdles. Teammate Kevin Yang was sixth in the triple jump. Alpharetta’s Jamal Ellis was second in the discus throw and eighth in the shot put.

Cambridge’s girls team finished sixth in the Class AAAAAA competition. Centennial’s Reese Crawford won the 300 hurdles in 43.14 with Taya Jackson placing third for the Bears in the race.

Kayla Williams was second in the 100 for the Knights while Alpharetta’s Jayla Mobley was third in the 400.

Ashley Sechrest was fifth in the 1,600 for Cambridge and second in the 3,200 which also saw teammate Chloe Phelps place eighth in the race. Bears’ athletes Michaela Prevallet and Erin Greene were fifth and eighth respectively in the pole vault. Centennial’s Nakeesha Nichols was tenth in the triple jump and Harmoni Brown was 13th in the discus throw for Cambridge.

Milton had Annie Gallagher finish 11th in the 1,600 and teammates Taylor Cushman and Nyah Hernandez place tenth and 12th respectively in the 3,200. Eagles’ athlete Amanda Sanchez was sixth in the discus throw.

The Class AAAAAAA boys’ competition saw Roswell’s Nate Wonsley IV win the shot put with a distance of 17.95 meters. Teammate Aaron Goodwin was seventh in the 200.

Milton’s Sam Bowers won the 3,200 in 9:13.79. He also placed second in the 1,600 for Milton while teammate Nicholas Yanek was 12th and Roswell’s Jack Rhodes was 16th.

Eagles’ runner Davis Smith was sixth in the 300 hurdles and second in the long jump which also had teammate Lucas Moore earn 15th.

Roswell’s Dylan Spears was 13th in the triple jump.

The GHSA Lacrosse State Championships were held in Kennesaw on May 19. The Blessed Trinity boys’ team won its first state championship with a 6-5 win over Greater Atlanta Christian in the Class A-AAAAA finals. The Titans’ girls team won its third-consecutive title with a 15-7 victory over Starr’s Mill. Milton’s girls team won its second-consecutive state title and 12th in program history with an 11-10 win over Lassiter.

The baseball playoffs saw Blessed Trinity eliminated in the Class AAAA semifinals following two home losses to Jefferson on May 15. Alpharetta also fell in the semis at Allatoona in the Class AAAAAA competition, dropping the series 2-1 the same day.

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