Serena Tripodi Runs Away from AA 3200 Field Winning in 10:54.
MaKenzie Dunmore from McEachern HS is the AAAAAA Girls High Point Athlete at the GHSA Girls Track and Field Championships leading the Indians to a 2nd place team finish.
Tiffany Flynn from Miller Grove HS is the AAAAA Girls High Point Athlete as she scored 31.25 points leading the Wolverines also to the AAAAA Girls team title.
Jahari Williams of Monroe Comprehensive HS in Albany, is the AAAA Girls High Point Athlete at this past weekend's GHSA Girls State Meet.
Jenna Gearing from White County HS is the AAA Girls High Point Athlete at the GHSA Girls Track and Field Championships.
Taylor DeLoach made the long trek from Savannah well worth the ride as she is the Girls AA High Point Athlete scoring 30 points, DeLoach tripled winning all 3 events she competed in
T'aja Cameron from Eagles Landing Christian School was not only the Girls A Private High Point Athlete, but also the All-Classes HPA scoring a perfect 35 points.
Kimmie Davis from nearby Baconton Charter School is the High Point Athlete for A Public Girls
AAAAAA - Westlake (via www.ghsa.net)
Lovett had a huge lead going into Finals on Saturday and kept pouring it on, maximizing on every scoring opportunity they had winning the 2A GHSA Girls Team title. And, after losing one of their best athletes to an injury is quite an accomplishment, so hats off to the Lions. 4 of the top 5 places went to Region 6 schools with Thomasville breaking up a 6-AA podium party taking 2nd overall in what has to be their best finish in recent school history. Wesleyan claimed 3rd and Westminster 4th with Greater Atlanta Christian 5th.
How competitive is 6-AAA? The race for the 3A Girls team title came down to a battle of Region foes and was not over until the conclusion of the 4x400m relay. Woodward needed to only get the baton around the Track legally unless St.Pius X placed 2nd or better. Woodward one-upped that, placing 4th clinching the team title with 61 points as St.Pius closed with 56. Blessed Trinity secured 3rd overall taking the Gold in the final event while Maynard Jackson hung tough in 4th with 47 points.
Marist closed the door actually winning the meet Friday with 74 points. Hometown favorite Monroe-Albany fought very hard on Saturday capitalizing on every scoring opportunity, but fell short ending up a strong 2nd with 67 points. Redan aslo had a good Saturday, closing out with 62 points taking 3rd overall. Fayette County took the final team Podium spot placing 4th largely due to Chinyere Njoku's hurdles double.
ELCA was sitting pretty going into Finals and ran to their potential, winning their 1st Girls state title in school history. Landmark Christian profitted off their hurdles and relays strength to take 2nd position on the Podium. Athens Christian fought valiantly as a true team, without stars, placing 3rd while Pace Academy corralled the final Podium spot in 4th with OLM challenging thru the 4x400m relay.
Wow, how close could this one possibly get? Everything was on the line in the final event of the 5A meet and it came down to Pope not qualifying for finals in the 4x400 (1 spot out) and Miller Grove doing what they absolutely had to do, which was comfortably placing 5th, scoring 4 GIANT points, securing the 5A Girls state title. Of course, there was much more involved in how it led up to 4x400m relay. Northside Warner Robins did everything possible Saturday to make it a horse race as their best athletes and relay squads won 5 events putting a scare into Miller Grove and Pope.
After a big miscue Friday evening, in which Westlake's great 4x400m 'A' squad was DQ'd for a few steps inside the lane 1 line, the Lions hung tough Saturday defending their 6A title passing a hard charging Marietta squad with 2 events left. Westlake did not win an event, but had the athletes to make the most of their scoring opportunities as a team and capitalized on them which was key. Cover pics coming Sunday!
Gordon Lee had to sit back and watch things unfold during Saturday finals with only 3 scoring opportunties, but their athletes maxed out to their seed times securing the A Public title. Not counting on luck, but hard work, Marion County as expected made a furious run at Gordon Lee earning 2nd overall 9 points back. Commerce had plenty of scoring chances and put together a 3rd place team finish followed by a game Georgia Military Prep squad 2 points behind.
Don't tell Candace Hill that she is only just a freshmen. The Rockdale County (Conyers, GA) ninth grader is proving with her times this spring in the sprints that she belongs in the discussion among the nation's best regardless of grade level. She was the top story coming out of the Georgia State Championship meet for girls this past weekend as she recorded a US #1 wind-legal time in the 200 meter dash with a 23.31 clocking in the 6A finals, while rolling to a US #2 wind-legal time of 11.44 in the 100 meter dash finals.
Super Frosh Candace Hill from Rockdale County HS set the already hot mondo on fire in both the short sprints putting the nation on notice that she's the real thing Saturday afternoon at the GHSA Girls State Championships. First with a 11.44 in the 100 meters and then going 23.21 in the 200 meters taking over the #1 time in the MileSplit National Rankings (wind legal) as I just verified with the Timer. Her 11.44 in the 100 meters puts her with the 3rd best wind legal time currently.
What teams, after all the blood, sweat and tears, will emege as GHSA Girls State Champs at the conclusion of the 4x400 Relay? Its going to be a typical hot day in ALB on Saturday after all the cool, rainy stuff and expect state records to fall in many events, ESPECIALLY in the Sprints and Relays. And did I mention, Candace Hill of Rockdale County is just a 9th grader?
Cavana Epps from Central Talbotton completed her sweep of the A Public distance races leaving the field behind very early.
Helen Williams of AIS is becoming a real star on Georgia HS distance scene as she swept the 1600/3200 races with amazing times of 5:00 and 10:40 defeating some stern competition along the way.
Frosh Serena Tripodi of Lovett became yet another in a long line of freshman girls to win their first State title at the GHSA Girls state meet in the distance events.
Jenna Gearing of White County may train at some of the higher altitudes in Georgia and it paid off as she again bested Anna Gandolfo of Blessed Trinity down the stretch taking the 3A Girls 1600 meter title.
Morgan Ilse ran the 1600 meters with complete economy of motion earler friday wowing coaches, judges, officials and myself. Ilse wa flawless, and if not for a slow start probably would have taken the best performance award.
Lindsay Billings got some payback easily winning the 5A Girls 3200 meters.
Avery Bussjager of Walton pulled away the final 1600 meters taking the 6A 3200 meter title.
Friday Prelims and Distance Finals
Images from the Finals of the GHSA Girls State Championships
Awesome races in the A Private Girls 3200, 5A 1600m and 6A 1600m. The weather did not hurt distance times a bit. Hold on to your umbrellas Friday! Dramatic finishes in both the 5A & 6A 1600 brought the crowd to their feet. Distance races are not suppose to be that exciting, but Alex Cameron, (5A, Dunwoody) and Mary Jeanne Assinzo, (6A, Marietta) demonstrated the quality of Georgia distance athletes.
Various pics from Phil Fowler
Marist brought the power on Day 1 racking up 56 points doubling up host Monroe-Albany and is likely to add 18 more after the 1600 finals.
Woodward leads after Day 1 with 30 points followed by podium contender North oconee with 27 and Southeast Bulloch 27. Blessed Trinity had a successful day in Prelims possibly setting them up to win the title Saturday
Lovett was the best AA team at Hugh Mills stadium on Thursday, It rained, then rained more as the meet ran behind an hour and a half.