AAAA ReCap, Marist Boys Roll, Chapel Hill Gals Win First State Title

Marist Boys 2017 GHSA AAAA HS Boys Team Champs (photo by Daniel McCauley)

The AAAA Boys meet played out much as expected with Marist scoring huge distance points and then on Saturday, taking Bronze in the 4x100, Brian Faust killing it in the 400m taking Gold, and then holding off a challenge in the 800m adding another Gold to his resume. The War Eagles, then closed out their run taking 5th in the 4x400 for 20 point margin of victory over runnerup Sandy Creek. On Thursday nite, Leif Andersen and Knox Pittman teamed up to control the 1600m race and sweep the top 2 places  after clawing out 6.5 points in the Field Events. On Friday evening, Andersen took Silver in the 3200, and Quinn Burden bravely got up, after falling in exhaustion, and manged to dive over the line preserving 4th place. Plainly, Marist wanted this more and got it. 

Michael Jones of Sandy Creek explodes to 4A 110h Gold (photo by Chris D'Aquin)

Sandy Creek earned team runnerups honors scoring 50 points. The Patriots were led by Michael Jones who took Gold in the 110h, followed by Silver in the 300h. AJ Hales also competed well, taking Bronze in the 300h and 5th in the 400m. Noah Williams added a 4th in the 800m and the Pats ended their run with a Silver in the 4x400.


Jatavious Harris of Baldwin leans for the win in the Boys 100m (photo by Chris D'Aquin)

The last 2 team Podium spots shared 3rd place including Chapel Hill and Baldwin locked at 40 points. Jatavious Harris of Baldwin had a huge meet, sweeping the 100/200m dashes and ran a swift leg on Baldwin's 4x400 squad who took 1st place, tying them with Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill's points came mainly from the Field Events, as thrower Jermaine Anderson won the Discus, while taking Silver in the Shot. Joshua Jackson won Bronze in the Shot Put. Tyre Shelton raced to a Bronze medal in the 100m and the Panthers took 6th in the 4x400.


AAAA Boys 1600m lead pack (photo by Daniel McCauley)


Leif Andersen of Marist exalts in his 1600m win and 10 big pints for Marist (photo by Daniel McCauley)


Quinn Burden of Marist led much of the 4A 3200m and had a courageous finish (photo by Daniel McCauley)


Ben McCoy of Blessed Trinity wins the 4A 3200m race (photo by Daniel McCauley)


Brian Faust doubled in the 400m and seen here closing the deal in the 800m (photo by Daniel McCauley)


The AAAA Boys High Point Winners were Brian Faust of Marist and Jatavious Harris of Baldwin (photo by Daniel McCauley) Smile sometimes Jatavious, look forward to seeing you on the gridiron!


Eastside Boys win the 4x100 2 years straight (photo by Chris D'Aquin)

4A Girls:

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Chapel Hill won their 1st State Track and Field title in school history with loads of speed. The Panthers began Saturday with 6 points, but poured it on by winning both Relays and many Silver and Bronze medals. Aliyah Sangster won Silver in the 400m and grabbed 5th in the 200m, Angel Amadi won Silver in the 200m and added a 4th in the 200m, Kayla Alexander added a Silver in the 100h and Kendria Edourd took 5th in the 400, while Iylene Soleyn placed 6th in the 800m. (photo by Daniel McCauley)


Woodward actually had the lead going into the 4x400, but with no scoring opp, had to watch Chapel Hill surpass them for the title. Woodward was a beast on the Field, as Makenli Forrest dominated the Throws events scoring 2 Golds.


Sheleah Harris swept the 100/200 for NOHS. (photo by Daniel McCauley)

It was a battle for the final 2 Team Podium spots as only 1.5 points separated North Oconee, Baldwin and Marist. The Titans balance proved to be a difference as North OC scored in distance, sprints and field events. Sheleah Harris led the attack sweeping the 100/200 sprints, Cody Chandler won Bronze in the Shot and placed 5th in the Discus, while Mackenzie Morse had a strong final lap securing 2nd in the 3200m. 


Baldwin HS was led by Zykeria Williams who won Gold in the 100h and Triple Jump and placed 2nd in the 200m. She also ran a leg on their 2nd place 4x400 squad.


AAAA Girls 1600m Lead pack (photo by Daniel McCauley)


Kathleen Maley took advantage of her speed the final 50m, to secure the AAAA 1600m title (photo by Daniel McCauley)


Kiana Banks of Spalding was just too strong for the AAAA 400m field, winning Gold for the Lady Jags' (photo by Daniel McCauley)


Josie Wirtz of Marist easily won the 3200m (photo by Daniel McCauley)

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