POWDER SPRINGS -- Marietta's girls won the Region 3AAAAAAA track and field championships decisively Friday night, while the boys broke away late following a close battle with Hillgrove.
The Lady Blue Devils scored 197 points, with host McEachern a distant second at 152. In the boys meet, the Blue Devils ended up with 181.5 points to edge Hillgrove (156.5).
The turning point in the Marietta boys' championship came in the 400-meter run when Jarel Terry outran Hillgrove’s Garrett Shedrick to win it with a time of 48.31 seconds.
“We were in a close one with Hillgrove,” Marietta coach Nick Houstoulakis said. “We knew they were a well-trained, well-coached team. We did a good job in the field events and had a decent amount of points.”
The win in the 400 gave the Blue Devils a little separation, and with five running events remaining, they felt good about their chances.
Terry went on to win the 800 (2:00.02). Jaylin Johnson was second in the 200 behind Shedrick, who won in 21.70. Kamari Miller chipped in by winning the 3,200 in 9:14.98 with teammate James May third, and Marietta finished second in the 1,600 relay behind McEachern, which clocked in at 3:18.24.
Marieta's Jevan Terry won the 100 hurdles in 14.85.
In the field, Kimani Vidal helped the Blue Devils by winning the shot put with a toss of 42 feet, 5 inches. Hillgrove countered by winning the triple jump behind Isaiah McCray, who leapt 44-5.
Hillgrove also scored big by winning the 3,200 relay (8:43.27).
In the girls meet, it was all Marietta, with the Lady Blue Devils winning seven of 12 events Friday, including 1-2 finishes in the 800 and 3,200.
Georgia signee Ellie Hall won the 3,200 in 10:47.14, with Mwaniki next. Ani Henderson, who will join Hall at Georgia, clinched the 800 in 2:13.25, with Kennedy Morris backing her up.
Other winners include Jayda Lowe in the high jump (5-0) and Karena Grigenas in the discus (126.11), with Alexis Brewster adding points by taking fifth. McKenzie Walker, who was injured at the Cobb County meet, won the 100 in 11.86, and the girls 400 relay clocked in at 48.29 to win.
“I think the girls had a strong outing,” Houstoulakis said. “We had athletes that we knew had potential. Jayda Lowe (winning) the high jump, that was huge. Our second discus thrower (Brewster) got us five points. Those little points, I knew, were adding up.”
The McEachern girls came up strong in the long jump with Jayla Brown clearing 18-4¾ and Jada Parsons finishing second. The Lady Indians also had a 1-2 finish in the 100 hurdles, with Chakiya Plummer winning in 14.43 and Brown second. Plummer also won the 100 hurdles in 42.91.
Kennesaw Mountain’s Kyndall Hudson was a two-time individual winner, claiming the 200 in 25.19 and the 400 in 57.40.
The McEachern boys won the 400 relay (41.55) and 1,600 relay (3:18.24), and Ja'Leak Perry won the 100 in 10.68. The Indians also scored key points in the 300 hurdles, with Joshua Stradford winning (37.66) and Tyler Tremble finishing second.