Track and field stars roll at state championships

McIntosh swept the 1,600 meter run at the state track and field meet with Kayla Rose and Zach Jaeger claiming victory. (Special Photo)

Track and field season ended with a bang at the weekend’s state championship meets around Georgia, and it was a fruitful slate for a number of Fayette’s finest.

In Class 5A, the girls shined especially bright, as Fayette County finished 6th, Starr’s Mill 7th, McIntosh 12th, and Whitewater 15th. For the boys, Starr’s Mill finished 5th, McIntosh 12th, Whitewater 18th, and Fayette County 21st.

The girls side was highlighted by a number of great individual showings. McIntosh’s Kayla Rose won the 1,600 meter, Morgan Johnson of Whitewater placed 2nd in the shot put and 3rd in the discus throw, Amara Nwajagu of Fayette finished 5th in the 400 meter, Imani Moore of Fayette placed 3rd in the long jump, Sidney Sims of Fayette took 2nd in the triple jump, and Lea Duben of Starr’s Mill finished 4th in the 300 meter hurdles.

In the 800 meter, McIntosh’s Kayla Rose finished 2nd, Starr’s Mill’s Allie Walker took 3rd, and Fayette’s Sydney Bohles placed 4th. Julia Colson of Starr’s Mill finished 2nd in the pole vault, with her teammate Jenna Sulkowski in 5th.

In the 4×400 meter relay, Fayette took 2nd and Starr’s Mill grabbed 3rd.

On the boys side, Starr’s Mill’s Harrison Fultz won the 800 meter, and Whitewater’s Justyn Loper won the shot put. Mitchell Harris of Starr’s Mill placed 5th in the 400 meter.

McIntosh’s Zach Jaeger won the 1,600, with Starr’s MIll’s Nick Nyman in 2nd and Fultz in 4th. In the 3,200, McIntosh’s Jaeger won, with Nyman in 2nd.

In Class 4A, Sandy Creek had an exceptional showing across the board. The program finished as the combined runner-up, with their boys in 3rd place and the Lady Patriots in 2nd.

On the girls side, Gabriella Grissom won the 400 meter and the 800 meter, and Jania Hodges placed 2nd in the 300 meter hurdles, 3rd in the high jump, and 2nd in the long jump.

Their 4×100 meter relay team of Jillian Davis, Gabriella Grissom, Natalia Rowe, and Jania Hodges took 2nd. Their 4×400 meter relay team of Davis, Rowe, Grissom, and Fletcher Bazard also finished 2nd.

On the boys side, AJ Hale won the 400 meter dash and finished 2nd in the 300 meter hurdles. Omarian Clemons won the 110 meter hurdles and finished 5th in the 300 meter hurdles. Marlon Davis finished 5th in the 800 meter.

Landmark Christian won the boys team title in Class 1A.

Their 4×400 meter relay team of Omarian Clemons, Errick Davis, Marlon Davis, and AJ Hale finished 2nd.

In Class A-Private, Landmark Christian won the boys team championship, and their girls squad finished 14th overall.

The War Eagles were keyed by their domination in the distance events. In the 800 meter, Kameron Jackson won and Omari Hammond finished 4th. In the 1,600 meter, Zack Truitt won and Jackson finished 4th. Their 4×400 meter relay team also claimed a championship.

In the 300 meter hurdles, Tyler Span placed 2nd. In the pole vault, Micah McAllister finished 2nd and Brogan Korta took 3rd. In the discus throw, Braxton Brown finished 3rd and Andy Cruver took 4th.

Truitt finished 2nd in the 3,200 meter, Hammond finished 5th in the 400 meter, and Joshua Smith finished 3rd in the long jump and in the triple jump.

For the Lady War Eagles, Erin Fegans won the 3,200 meter and finished 4th in the 1,600 meter.

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Christopher Dunn has been the sports editor for Fayette Newspapers since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Game Day magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.


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