AIS frosh Williams goes 10:40!! A, A Private 3200 and 5A/6A 1600m Distance Finals

                                                              A, A Private 3200 and 5A/6A 1600m Distance Finals

A Private Girls 3200
All 8 medalists went sub 12: but Helen Williams of AIS (just a freshman) was sensational  torching the old meet record going 10:40 and moving into the top 5 of all-time!  Almost everyone pr'd including runnerup Kathryn Foreman of Landmark Christian clocking a 10:52 and teamate Nicole Fegans going 10:58 followed by FCA's Emma Grace Hurley (11:02) Shannon Fair from Aquinas (11:07) and ACS' Gabby Cortese (11:27)
6A 1600 Meter Final
This had to be the most competitive 1600 Girls race in Ga HS history as 9 athletes crossed the finish line within 6.5 seconds of each other!  Mary Jeanne Assinzo's 800m speed was key as she won the Gold in 5:02.74  besting South Forsyth's Savannah Carnahan at 5:03.70. The battle for the 6A Championship went back & forth between Savannah Carnahan and Avery Bussjager.
Savannah and Avery ran stride for stride for a large portion of the race.  Again with 400 meters to go, the thought was will it be Savannah or Avery.  During most of the race Mary Jeanne appeared to be a non contender tucked comfortably in the chase pack.  The awesome 800 speed of Mary Jeanne emerged during the last 200 and she flew pass the chase pack and walked away from the leaders.  Mary Jeanne obviously had a strategy and she executed it to perfection. The next 6 places were in order:
3 Haley Anderson               West Forsyth HS          5:04.23    6         
  4 Avery Bussjager              Walton HS              5:05.20    5         
  5 Lauren Hovis                 Mill Creek HS          5:05.92    4         
  6 Rachel VanAmburgh            Roswell HS             5:07.58    3         
  7 Addy Lippitt                 Peachtree Ridge HS     5:08.44    2         
  8 Nyasiah Mercado              Marietta HS            5:09.09    1         
  9 Kingsley Green               Etowah HS              5:09.35        
5A  1600 Final
Alex Cameron of Dunwoody is a tough competitor that has tons of race experience and i paid off as she won the 1600m title posting a 5:06.23 nipping 2013 5A XC champ Lindsay Billings (5:06.31)in a photo finish. Ashley Kehoe from Pope got 6 big team points placing 3rd in 5:09. Linsdsey Billips lead the 5A 1600 from the start.  With 400 meters to go, a new 5A 1600 meter champion was about to be crowed.  Champions know how to win and Alex Cameron was not to be denied.  The final 100 meters of the race brought the crowd to it’s feet, as Alex Cameron raced to the finish line, nipping Lindsay at the tape.
A Public 3200 Final
Cavana Epps of Central Talbotton ran away with the A Public 3200 title posting the top time of the Spring in 12:47. It was a competitive race for thee next 3 spots with Abbey Bohannon taking 2nd in 13:36 picking up big team points. Melissa Reyes from Hawkinsville placed 3rd  in 13:38 and Maria Bermudez of Mt. Zion was 4th in 13:40