Walton's Elasia Campbell competes in the high jump in the Region 4AAAAAAA championships APril 20, 2018. Staff - Alex Resnak

Five athletes won their events Friday as the Class AAAAAAA and Class A private-school state championships continued at Valhalla Stadium on the Berry College campus, and the Class AAAAAA meet continued at Gresham Stadium in Carrollton.


In the girls high jump, Walton's Elasia Campbell defended her title with a height of 5 feet, 10 inches, edging out Campbell's Camille Trotman, Kendall McDaniel and Imani Flanagan (5-6).

Kennesaw Mountain's Zayquan Graham won the boys long jump at 23-3, beating Rockdale County's Jereme Faison (22-10½).

In the girls 1,600-meter run, Marietta's Ellie Hall was unable to build upon the 3,200 title she won Thursday. Hall finished in 4 minutes, 56.41 seconds, coming in second behind Woodstock's Brynne Sumner (4:53.45).

Finishing fourth, fifth and sixth were a trio of Cobb runners -- Walton's Abigail Robertson (5:02.39), Marietta's Ani Henderson (5:05.53) and Walton's Sarah Burwell (5:07.32).

In the boys race, Marietta's Kamari Miller (4:21.07) was fourth, with Walton's Alex Helms (4:22.79) sixth.

In the boys high jump, North Cobb's Rashan Alkins matched Peachtree Ridge's Carlton Bryant with the top mark at 6-6, but Bryant won the championship on a tiebreaker based on fewer attempts. Campbell's Fernando Crawford (6-4) was fourth, while Lassiter's Gabe Weatherby was fifth, winning a tiebreak among six jumpers at 6-2 that left Marietta's B.J. Ojulari in a four-way tie for seventh.

In the girls pole vault, Kennesaw Mountain's Rachel Gould and Walton's Rachel Valentine each cleared 11-6, though Gould won the tiebreaker for second place behind North Gwinnett's Kelsey Worthington (12-0).

McEachern's Jayla Brown reached 39-1½ in the girls triple jump, settling for a close second behind Brookwood's Morgan Bentley (39-6½). Campbell's Jada Alston (38-11) was third, with Marietta's Kristina Sims (37-0½) sixth.

In the girls long jump, Campbell's Ashton Lindley (18-1) was fifth. Brown also cleared 18-1, but settled for sixth on a tiebreaker, and McEachern teammate Jayda Parsons (17-8½) seventh.


North Cobb Christian's Synclair Savage and Walker's MacKenzie Gignilliat led the charge for the local athletes.

Savage, the runner-up in the long jump last year, won with a distance of 19-3½ to beat Calvary Day's Jasmine Akins (18-11½). Teammate Kennedy Oglesby was fourth at 17-6¼.

Gignilliat defended her title in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet and beating a pair of vaulters at 9-6. Mount Paran Christian's Lia Sanchez and North Cobb Christian's Madeline Butler were among four to reach 9-0, though Sanchez tied for fourth and Butler was seventh based on tiebreakers.

In the girls high jump, Walker's Taylor Paulsen and Mount Paran Christian teammates Savannah Casey and Riley Overton all tied for second at at 5 feet, losing out to St. Francs' Savannah Samuel.

In the boys high jump, Whitefield Academy's Louis Brogan (6-4) tied for second behind Stratford Academy's McKinley Thompson (6-6). Mount Paran's Andrew Condra (6-0) was seventh.

North Cobb Christian's Kyle Pierre (21-0½) was third in the boys long jump. The boys shot put saw North Cobb Christian's Austin Mathis (48-4¾) finish fourth and Whitefield's Ian Kennedy (45-9) sixth.

Walker's Maggie Dicks was seventh in the girls shot put (33-7½) and discus (97-3), and Mount Paran's Lili Watford was seventh in the 1,600 at 5:30.24. Whitefield's Devin Wade was third in the boys 1,600 (4:21.41).


One day after winning the boys 1,600, Harrison's Sully Shelton completed a sweep of the distance championships with the title in the 3,200.

Shelton finished the race in 9:22.60, less than a second ahead of Richmond Hill's Jalen Murray (9:23.25).

In the girls 3,200, Pope's Sophie Boice was eighth in 12:09.04.

The 3,200 was the only championship decided in Carrollton, with the remainder of the schedule taken up by running preliminaries.


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