DeKalb County Schools captured three region track meet titles on the way to qualifying 166 for Saturday’s (May 7) GHSA State Track Sectionals across the state.
Both the Region 5-5A boys’ and girls’ track titles stayed on in DeKalb as Southwest DeKalb (boys) and Chamblee (girls) captured first place trophies as 45 individual athletes advance and 21 relay teams.
The Panthers qualified 10 individuals for the Class 5A Boys Sectional B at Apalachee by outdueling Decatur 171-168.83 for the Region 5-5A boys’ championship.
Southwest DeKalb’s Ali Dargan (100M and 200M dashes) and Isaiah Taylor (110M and 300M hurdles) led the way with two victories each. Xzaviah Taylor contributed a win in the 400M dash and the Panthers swept the four relays (4×100, 4×200, 4×400 and 4×800). Isaiah Reeves gave the Panthers a gold in the field events as well with his win in the discus (132-03.00).
Chamblee’s Nathan Jovanovic picked up a gold medal with his win in the triple jump (44-01.00).
On the girls’ side, the Chamblee Lady Bulldogs Jordyn Parker won both the 200M dash (24.80) and the 400M dash (56.69) to lead Chamblee to a 206-114 win over Decatur. Chamblee completed the spring sweep as Solai Washington won the 100 (12.46).
Naa Adua Annan (300 hurdles) and Madison Maxey (100 hurdles) gave Chamblee a sweep in the hurdles as well. Chamblee picked up gold medals in the 4×400 and 4×800 relays on the track. Wins in the field events for Chamblee included Clara Silvestri in the pole vault (9-10.00) and Coriana Gresham in the shot put.
Martin Luther King’s Sydni Thomas captured the discus (114-06.00) gold medal.
DeKalb’s third region track title came on the boys’ side of the Region 6-4A meet at Godfrey Stadium as the Stephenson Jaguars ran to the title with 51 boys’ and girls’ athletes qualifying along with 22 relay teams for the Class 4A Sectional at North Oconee on Saturday.
Stephenson won seven individual gold medals led by Jace Coleman’s sweep of the 100 (10.73) and 200 (21.61). The Jaguars also captured the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 relays.
The girls’ title went to Marist (195) followed by Druid Hills (118), Arabia Mountain (105), Miller Grove (104) and Stephenson (102). Druid Hills second place finish was pace by Sanaa Frederick’s win in the 200 and runner-up finish in the 100. Druid Hills also captured the 4×100 and 4×400 relay titles.
Davenae Fagan led Arabia Mountain with a gold in the 400 while Miller Grove’s Rasunek Taylor-Thompson won the long jump (18-5.25), 100 (11.83) and 100 hurdles (14.61). Stephenson picked up gold medals by Ty’Kira Garrett (triple jump) and Caseyona Hight (300 hurdles).
The Dunwoody Lady Wildcats were the Region 7-7A runners-up and the Wildcats finished third on the boys’ side as the two teams combined to qualify 17 (11 girls, 6 boys) and four relay teams for the Class 7A Sectional B at Archer High School on Saturday.
Sophomore Claire Shelton and Trinity Williams led the way for the Lady Wildcats with two gold medals apiece. Shelton won the 1600 (5:10.26) and 3200 (11:57.85) runs and Williams captured the long jump (17-11.50) and triple jump (35-02.50) to account for four of the seven gold medals for the Lady Wildcats.
The Wildcats were led by a sweep of the discus (138.00.00) and shot put (42-04.00) by Carrington Tate. Alon Rogow (pole vault) and Tyson Standard (400 dash) also picked up gold medals on the day.
Tucker finished third in both the girls and boys Region 4-6A track meets while combining with Lakeside to qualify 28 individuals and five relays for the Sectional A at Valdosta on Saturday.
The Tigers picked up gold medals in the 800 (Abedelemejid Kerebo) and 3200 (Yordanos Ephram) runs to go with wins in the discus by Nakobi Spurrier (138-05.00) and Ian Hodge in the high jump (6-06.00). Lakeside captured gold in the pole vault by Alex Katsoudas (12-05.00).
The Tucker Lady Tigers got wins by Mallory Hodge in the 400 dash (56.14) and the 4×400 relay (4:00.20). Lakeside picked up gold in the discus (106-01.00) by Abby Roberts and the 3200 run (12:18.82) by Nancy Puente.
Cedar Grove and Redan combined to send 10 individuals and six relays to the Class 3A Sectional B at Greater Atlanta Christian on Saturday.
The Saints third place finish was keyed by Eric Jordan’s sweep of the 100 (10.82) and 200 (22.07) dashes. The Saints also won the 4×100 relay (42.36).
Redan finished fifth and Cedar Grove sixth in the girls’ meet. Redan’s Azaria Green was the highest finisher for the Lady Raiders with a third place in the discus throw and fourth in the shot put. Cedar Grove’s Victoria Taylor took third in the 200 and the Cedar Grove 4×100 and 4×400 relays qualified for the sectional.
The Towers girls finished as the Region 6-2A runner-up and the Towers boys were third as 15 total individuals from Towers, Columbia and McNair reached the Sectional B at Pace Academy Riverview Athletics Complex on Saturday along with five relay teams.
Towers’ Serenity Harry swept the 100 (12.03) and 200 (24.97) dashes to lead the way for the Lady Titans along with wins by Catherine Forbes in the triple jump (37-11.00) and Macada McDonald in the 300 hurdles (46.69).
On the boys’ side, Towers pushed five athletes into the sectional along with three from Columbia and one from McNair. Elijah Hobson swept the long jump (22-06.50) and triple jump (41-11.00) to lead the Titans along with a gold from the 4×200 relay team.
Columbia got a second in the 4×100 relay and Dinari Williams claimed silver in the 110 hurdles. McNair’s Rashod Smith qualified with a third place in the 400.
See links below for DCSD Region Track Results and State Sectional Qualifiers: