The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) held its state track and field championships at various locations May 9 through 11, with several local athletes taking home individual titles.
The Class A Private competition was held at Valhalla Stadium in Rome. Atlanta International’s girls placed fourth in its team competition, which was won by Mount Paran Christian. Eagles runner Cara Joyce won two events starting with the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4 minutes, 57.90 seconds. Joyce’s teammate, Reagan Mahoney, was second while Jackie Addy of Holy Innocents’ was third. Joyce’s second victory was in the 800 at 2:12.79 with Addy placing second. Atlanta International’s 4x100 relay team of Rachael Sarelius, Tahlia Pemberton, Mahoney and Joyce won its event in 4:01.11. Mahoney was also second in the 3,200. Jada Farrell of Holy Innocents’ brought home the shot put crown with a distance of 12.78 meters. Mount Vernon Presbyterian’s Jessicka Woods won the 400 in 57.71 seconds with Nea Sanders of Wesleyan coming in second. Woods also brought home the 300 hurdles title in 43.88 seconds, with Sanders placing third. Whitefield’s Shelby Wingate and Jayla Brown of Galloway were second and third, respectively, in the 100. Wesleyan’s Margaret Dudley was second in the 100 hurdles.
The Class A Private boys’ competition saw Wesleyan’s Matthew Steinback win the pole vault at 3.96 meters. Devin Wade of Whitefield was third in the 3,200 and 1,600 while teammate Louis Brogan was second in the high jump. Mount Vernon’s 4x100 relay team was third in its event. Galloway’s Ryan Restifo was second in the 200.
The Class 3A competition was held at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany. The Westminster boys placed third as a team and Jefferson was the champion. Wildcats runner Will Wallace won the 3,200 in 9:29.34 with teammate Zachary Roe third and Lovett’s Jackson Borden second. George Adams of Pace won the 800 in 1:56.12 and teammate Sam Adams was second. Peter Huff of Westminster was second and Adams finished third in the 1,600.
The Class 3A girls’ competition saw Lovett’s Haley Hooper win the 1,600 in 5:06.27 followed by Westminster runners Naima Turbes and Katherine Vuckovic in second and third, respectively. Turbes was also second in the 800 while teammate Annie Jardina was third. Wildcats athlete Anna Smith placed third in the pole vault.
The Class 4A finals were also held in Albany. The St. Pius X boys’ team won the state championship with 81 points, followed by Chapel Hill and Sandy Creek. It’s the Golden Bears’ second consecutive state crown and fifth overall. Tanner Duffin won the discus throw for St. Pius X with a distance of 57.02 meters and the shot put at 20.38 meters, while teammate Matthew Harris earned the long jump crown at 7.18 meters. The Golden Lions’ 4x100 relay team finished second, and Robert Jared Williams placed third in the 400 and second in the 200. Matthew Harris won the 300 hurdles in 37.39 seconds and finished second in the 110 hurdles for St. Pius X.
Sultan Simms of Woodward won the high jump at 1.98 meters. Marist’s Leif Andersen was second in the 3,200 and Christian Houston of Woodward earned second in the pole vault.
The Class 4A girls’ competition saw Maggie Yankovich of St. Pius X win the 1,600 with a time of 5:02.89, with Marist’s Kathleen Maley placing third. St. Pius X runner Morgan Vaden was second in the 3,200 followed by Maley. Savannah Simms of Woodward was third in the the 300 hurdles. Woodward’s 4x400 relay unit placed third.
The Class 5A meet was held at Grisham Stadium in Carrollton. Riverwood placed fourth in the girls’ team competition, which was won by Buford. Raiders athlete Kaleila Abrille finished third in the pole vault. North Springs runner Saran Kouyeth was third in the 100 while teammate Sa’Mya Holloman-Lewis also placed third in the 100 hurdles. Kouyeth and Jadaja Baxter finished second and third, respectively, in the 200. In boys’ action, North Springs athlete Zahir Nichols was second in the long jump and teammate Andrew Robinson placed third in the 100.
The Class 6A meet was also in Carrollton. In the girls’ competition, North Atlanta’s Madison Fleming placed second in the triple jump.
In the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) state meet at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany, two local schools placed in the top 20 in their classifications. Atlanta Girls’ School and Holy Spirit Prep finished sixth and 12th, respectively, in the Class 3A girls’ meet, which was won by Augusta Prep. In the 3A boys’ meet, Holy Spirit placed tied for 18th. Deerfield won the boys’ team title.