The Atlanta Track Club held its 55th annual Powerade All-Metro Track & Field Banquet June 5 in Atlanta, with several local athletes and coaching receiving honors.

St. Pius X thrower Tanner Duffin was awarded the Bruce Yohe Most Outstanding Field Athlete award for the second consecutive year. The senior athlete won the shot put and discus events at the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class 4A State Track and Field Championships in Albany May 9 through 11. Duffin’s distances in the shot of 70 feet, 2.25 inches and the discus at 200 feet, 10 inches this season were the second longest throws in the nation in those respective events.

“It feels really good,” Duffin said in a news release. “It’s great to see a lot of hard work paying off. I’m just happy with my career and four years of amazing experiences.”

Duffin was named to the Powerade All-Metro Track & Field boys team in his two disciplines. Other local male athletes on the squad included Woodward senior Sultan Simms in the high jump. The War Eagles’ athlete won the Class 4A high jump title with a height of 1.98 meters.

The rest of the boys’ team for individual events were Jaylen Slade (100 meter dash, Chapel Hill), Kibren Moore (200, Pebblebrook), Ja’Shaun Poke (400, Dutchtown), Harrison Fultz (800, Starr’s Mill), Kyle Harkabu (1,600, East Coweta), Calen Gizelbach (3,200, Forsyth Central), Myles Marshall (110 hurdles, Lassiter), Samuel Smith (300 hurdles, Union Grove), Jonathan Baker (long jump and triple jump, Northview) and Brian Jauch (pole vault, Parkview). Dutchtown’s 4x100 relay unit of Dylan Stokes, Samir Trawick, Joseph Laster III, DeShaun Long, Ricky Avery and Poke along with Shiloh’s 4x400 group of Christion Baker, Elijah Berry, Paryce Taylor, Jaden Barker, Omar Simpson and Patrez Thomas were also named to the team.

St. Pius X coach Ryan McClay was honored for leading the boys’ team to the Class 4A state title. Other state championship coaches acknowledged were from Class A Mount Paran Christian (Wesley Anderson), Class 3A Landmark Christian (Bill Thorn), Class 4A Chapel Hill (Travis Mihalik and Buddy Walters), Class 5A Buford (Fyrone Davis, Ron King, Crystal Fowler and Chrissy Woodson), Class 6A Dunwoody (Robert Buggs), Class 6A Alpharetta (Dave Melissas), Class 7A Campbell (Brian Smith, Terrance Wilson, Michelle Lanier and Lisha Wood) and Class 7A Shiloh (Devin Jones) were also honored.

The All-Metro Girls team included the following individual athletes: Jazmine Hobson (Shiloh, 100), Alexis Williams (Lovejoy, 200), Kimberly Harris (400, Buford), Brynne Sumner (800 and 1,600, Woodstock), Ellie Hall (3,200 run, Marietta), Darci Khan (100 hurdles, Stockbridge), Niya Benton-Andrews (300 hurdles, Jackson (Atlanta)), Jasmine Jones (long jump, Greater Atlanta Christian), Morgan Bentley (triple jump, Brookwood), Elasia Campbell (high jump, Walton), Payton Phillips (pole vault, Carrollton), Hannah Jackson (shot put, Kell) and Madelyn Horne (discus, Johns Creek). Buford’s 4x100 relay unit of Trinity Rossum, Phoenix Armstead, Britney Johnson, Trinity Price and Harris as well as Cambell’s 4x400 relay team of Jaleah Alston, Makylah Jones, Mekenze Kelley, Ashton Lindley, Akilah Parish and Makayla Jones were also honored.

Director’s Cup

The Georgia Athletic Director’s Association (GADA) named its winners of the Regions Bank Director’s Cup for the 2018-19 academic year May 28. The Cup has been awarded since the 1999-2000 academic year and its purpose “is to recognize those athletic departments in all of GHSA classifications who have excelled and shown superior performance,” per guidelines by the GADA.

St. Pius X won the overall Class 4A competition for the program’s sixth Cup in program history and snapped Marist’s 19-year run. The Golden Lions amassed 1,272 points while Blessed Trinity (1,231), Marist (1,209), Woodward (1,208) and North Oconee (1,160) rounded out the top five.

Wesleyan earned the Class A Cup with 1,318 total points followed by Commerce (1,085), Gordon Lee (1,072), Athens Academy (1,089) and Mount Paran (1,054).

Westminster won the Class 3A competition with a point total of 1,438. Jefferson (1,249), Lovett (1,179), Pace (1,105) and Calhoun (1,053) rounded out the top five.

Riverwood placed fifth in the Class 5A standings with Starr’s Mill earning the Cup in that classification.


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