The GHSA Girls State Championships produced: 532 National Elite Performances.
The nation's No. 1 ranked 100 and 200 meter sprinter and defending national champion in both events is still just a sophomore. Hill set Georgia state records in the 100m (11.34) and 200m (23.05) last weekend.
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Maynard Jackson HS looked great in the Rankings mid-season, and brought it when it mattered down in Albany earning the AAA Girls team championship overtaking perennial contender Blessed Trinity and upstart Westside Macon.
Lovett Runs Away with AA team title, Taylor DeLoach of St. Vincent Academy was perfect tripling in the 100, 200 and Top Performer in the Long Jump All Classes 19-11.5...(pic by Daniel McCauley)
Our Lady of Mercy was the pre-meet pick coming in and they poured it on during Saturday Finals taking home the 1-A Private Team title.
Georgia Military was a huge favorite coming in and Coach Simpson's bunch put it away early Saturday defending their A Public State title with a 48 point margin of victory.
Marist's Girls equalled what Westlake achieved by 3-Peating as Class Champions. The War Eagles had to work for it during Saturday's Finals as Caitie Fauts was up to the challenge doubling in the 400 and 800 meters.
This race for the team title in AAAAA was a classic in every way possible and North Springs came through in the clutch overtaking many teams on 'Leaderboard' having begun their Saturday with 0 points.
Speaking with Coach Cage Friday evening before the distance races he felt confident going into Saturday Finals and his Girls delivered amassing 74 points for a 32 point victory margin and an amazing 3-Peat in super tough 6A!
Candace Hill has been a phenom since Middle School, and her 200 Meter 23.05 has the potential of her becoming serious Olympic stuff, perhaps as early as 2016..? Who knows, Allyson Felix take notice..
Lindsay Billings of Northview wrecked the 6A 3200 field as her pace wore down the top runners as she cruised to a new Class 6A State Meet Record going 10:25.
It was a pedestrian pace in the 5A Girls 3200 most of the way, but Ansley Heavern of Dunwoody timed her move just right with a swift kick overtaking 3 runners the final lap to win going away.
Freshman Sue Anne Moralis of East Jackson Wins the AAA 1600 Meter title in 5:12
Morgan Ilse was simply splendid in her final salute to GHSA competition pounding the mondo into submission easily winning the 1600 in 4:56. Team mate Josie Wirtz was 2nd as Marst swept both distance events for 36 HUGE points
Cavanna Epps of Talbotton sweeps the A Distance races by winning the 1600 in 5:48.
It was a race for the ages as Anna Marian Block turned it on the final 800 and set a new Class A State Meet record in the Girls 1600 Meters besting 3200 Champ Emma Grace Hurley going 4:51.68.
Serena Tripodi of Lovett was not going going to be satisfied with anything less than a sub 5:00 and she joined that prestigous elusive Club Friday evening, going 4:59.96 helping Lovett to a huge lead going into Finals.
Images from Coach Fowler at the GHSA Girls State Championships
Pics by Coach Fowler
Here were some of the Big Highlights from Thursday's Field Events. Danisha Jones of Thomasville was a big winner in doubling in the AA Throws!
AAAA 3200- Morgan Ilse flat put on a show for the folks in attendance down in ALB with a devastaing 10:25 in which her final lap was close to or under 1:00...
Mary Claire Solomon of Blessed Trinity went gonzo the final lap gapping Audrey Honiotes taking the AAA 3200 Meter title.
In one of the most anticipated 3200 races in recent history, Emma Grace Hurley proved she was the best in 1-A Private winning going away at 10:38.
Cavanna Epps from Central Talbotton took out a big lead holding on down the stretch for the win in 12:38
There was no doubt this was going to be a memorable race Thursday evening. 5-6 girls with seed times hovering around 5:00...and Junior Lindsay Billings who destroyed a great field by nearly 60 meters going 4:50.83....
Marielle Lewis of Kell HS raced to the win in the AAAAA Girls 1600 race.
On the eve of the GHSA Girls State Championships, here are the Meet Programs for each Class, Performance Lists and Event Schedules. Best of Luck to everyone!
This Class has all the makings of teams rising up or going down...North Springs, wil be the team to beat in AAAAA down in ALB this weekend. But don't sleep on Shaw (Columbus) Northside Warner Robins or Forest Park to contend.
Oh man...its going down to the wire for the Girls AAAAAA Team title as McEachern and Westlake will face off again down in the bowl of hot and humid Albany at Hugh Mills Stadium. Whoever brings it, will emerge as 6A Champs !!!
The competition in AAAA will be quite intense as Marist attempts to defend their team title. Only 4 teams have a real chance at Podium spots and chasing Marist including upstart Baldwin, hometown fave Monroe ALB, Redan and Fayette County
The AA Girls meet is going have some great racing and based on Sectionals Lovett School out of ATL is loaded coming out of Sectionals...Its going to be very competitive to see who earns the final 3 team Podium spots.