The Campbell girls dominated the field and led a Cobb County 1-2-3 finish to win the Class AAAAAAA state championship Saturday at Berry College's Valhalla Stadium.

The Lady Spartans, who won the first state title in program history, finished with 112 points, besting Marietta by 50 points. Walton (56) was third, while Wheeler (22) tied for ninth.

It marked the third time in four years a Cobb County team had won the Class AAAAAAA girls title, joining Marietta (2018) and McEachern (2016)

"I didn't think we would win by 50 points," Campbell coach Michelle Lanier said. "I knew running day would be good for us. We didn't make any mistakes. I was prepared for some, but we didn't make any."

Campbell won three events on the final day. Mekenzie Kelley won the 400-meter run with a personal-best time of 53.65 seconds, followed closely by teammate Ashton Lindley (54.71).

Lindley went on to win the 300 hurdles (41.46), with teammate Raina Perry (43.70) coming in third -- both in personal bests. Zionn Rice (14.63) posted a second-place finish in the 100 hurdles. 

Campbell's 400 and 1,600 relay teams each found the podium twice. The Lady Spartans' 400 "A" team won with a time of 46.13, while the "B" team was second in 47.85. The 1,600 relay teams finished first and fourth, with the "A" team posting 3:45.27 and the "B" team 3:53.30.

"I dreamed of this moment," Lanier said. "I've known some of these kids for so long. They have grown up here and represented the school so well."

The Mount Paran girls, who became the first Cobb County private school to win the team state championship, scored 68 points to hold off North Cobb Christian by six points. Whitefield Academy (25) tied for eighth, while Walker (22.75) finished 11th.

"Today was a lot of firsts," Mount Paran coach Wes Anderson said. "It was a crazy day.

"I knew it was going to be a coin flip between us and North Cobb Christian. I tried to figure where they would get points and, each time, they got what I thought and more."

Mount Paran also got a 1-2 finish in the 400 relay. Its "A" team ran 49.08, while the "B" team came in at 49.60. The "B" team's performance proved to be one of the day's big keys.

"I thought we could get first and third in the relay," Anderson said, "but the 'B' team smoked it, too. It was probably the highlight of the day. We had the best eight runners in the 4x100."

Renee Dockins was Mount Paran's only individual winner on the day as she won the 100 hurdles in 15.09, but she set a personal best in the 300 hurdles, finishing fourth at 47.67. That proved to be the title clinching event for Mount Paran.

"She's been working for three years to get that 100 hurdles championship," Anderson said, "but I told her it would come down to the 300. She's been trying to break 49 seconds and, after she ran, I knew all we had to do was not get disqualified in the 4x400 and we would win."

In the Class AAAAAA meet at Gresham Stadium in Carrollton, the Harrison girls finished 10th place, while the Kell girls were 16th in Class AAAAA.

North Cobb Christian's Synclair Savage finished the meet with three individual titles. On Saturday, she claimed the 100 (12.11) and 200 (24.97), adding to her long jump title from Thursday.

Walton's Elasia Campbell claiming the Class AAAAAAA title in the 100 hurdles (14.03), adding to her earlier win in the high jump.

Hillgrove proved to be Cobb's best boys team as it finished third in Class AAAAAAA.

The Hawks scored 41 points, finishing behind Shiloh (66) and Peachtree Ridge (42.75). Marietta (32.75) was sixth, with McEachern (32) seventh and Pebblebrook (21) ninth.

Hillgrove only had one win on Saturday, with its "A" team in the 400 relay running 41.71, but the Hawks also got key performances from Garrett Shedrick, who finished fourth in the 400 (47.65), and second in the 200 (21.82). Hillgrove's "A" team also finished fifth in the 1,600 relay.

Whitefield Academy's boys finished sixth in the Class A private-school meet with 25 points. Mount Paran tied for eighth with 21 points and North Cobb Christian finished 14th with 14.

In the Class AAAAAA meet, Harrison finished 13th, while Pope tied for 15th.

Other boys individual champions crowned Saturday in Class AAAAAA included McEachern's Ja'Leak Perry in the 100 (10.64), Lassiter's Myles Marshall in the 110 hurdles (13.75), Pebblebrook's Kibren Moore in the 200 (21.56) and McEachern's Joshua Stradford in the 300 hurdles (37.71).

John Bednarowski is the sports editor of the Marietta Daily Journal and president of the Associated Press Sports Editors. He can be reached at or on Twitter @jbednarowski


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