2021 Georgia MS Girls Track State Championships Preview

Ella Gibbs from Bleckley County is the real deal in the 3200m run. (photo by Alex Brust)

2021 Meet Schedule REVISED FRIDAY and SUNDAY

MS Girls Outlook

The talent pool of the middle school girls athletes that will be competing is just as strong as the boy's side, if not more talented... Let the games begin Friday afternoon, and the weather is going to be very favorable for fast times and for field events as well. Saturday's events have been postponed due to heavy rain moving in and moved to Sunday. There are no restrictions to my knowledge or a governing body for middle school athletics that could ban Sunday competitions. However, county and city schools may have restrictions in place that block Sunday competitions. There hasn't been a drop of rain for weeks now, and now we get a deluge coming this Saturday. Unfortunately, this could water down the level on the scholastic side, as we can't expect every athlete to be able to race on a Sunday. However, keep in mind, it should not affect the 'Club' athletes as they usually compete on Sundays at 'Track Lab' and other competitions all spring and during the Summer at USATF GA and AAU meets. On paper, it could be very tight for the school team title as three squads are strong contenders, including Landmark Christian, Buford MS, and Rome MS. Carrollton Junior High and Athens Academy could score up to 30 points or more. Jackrabbit Track is easily the top 'Club' squad... 

On another note, I'm not a big fan of 'unverified' seed times/marks and am wary of them. Middle school track has few restrictions as it has no governing body as the GHSA does for high schools. Most home-schoolers and unattached athletes are welcome at MS invites and have the opportunity to record FAT performances and certifiable field event marks. 

Back at the 2019 state meet, there were 2 separate divisions, a 'Club' division and a scholastic division for team points. Not this year, as below are the scoring parameters:

Point Scoring: Only the top 8 middle school competitors score points toward the state championship. Club athletes do not earn school championship points. However, all competitors are eligible for advancement to the finals and individual awards, even if not competing on behalf of a school. The point schedule is 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1.

Medals: Medals are awarded to the top 8 competitors regardless of affiliation with a school or club (or unattached). Medals are awarded at the conclusion of the individual event, in the awards area. 

Trophies are awarded to the following:

Top female athlete - field events
Top male athlete - field events
Top female athlete - track events
Top male athlete - track events

Team Awards:

First, second, and third place girls' teams
First, second, and third place boys' team
Overall middle school state champion - combined girls' and boys' team.
Top Club Point Champion Trophy ( Club Only)

Top MS Girls Contenders Based on Entries/Seed Times

Janai Jones of Jackrabbit Track (photo Rich Castro)

100 Meter Dash

200 Meter Dash

Olivia Harris of Jackrabbit Track (Kimberly Harris' little sis')- photo Rich Castro

400 Meter Dash

800 Meter Run

Clodagh O'Bryant from North Hall MS (MileSplit photo)

1600 Meter Run

3200 Meter Run

100 Hurdles

300 Hurdles

4x100 Meter Relay

4x400 Meter Relay

Relay Team ASapphire-Ruff Riders TC4:10.00h UN
Relay Team AJackrabbit Track and Field4:11.22
Relay Team BJackrabbit Track and Field4:11.88 UN
Relay Team ABuford MS4:19.99
Relay Team ALandmark Christian School4:20.00 UN

Abigail and Audrey Hotard will help fuel Team Fusion's 4x800 squad. (MileSplit photo)

4x800 Meter Relay

Relay Team ATeam Fusion10:20.00 UN
Relay Team ABleckley Co. MS10:50.51 UN
Relay Team AJR Hawks11:00.00 UN
Relay Team AGeorge Walton Academy11:00.91
Relay Team AWoodstock/Freedom MS11:05.00 UN
Relay Team ABuford MS11:10.58

Triple Jump

High Jump

Long Jump

Adair Carlin of Galloway has cleared 11 feet in the pole vault! (photo by Team Carlin)

Pole Vault


Shot Put