A pair of DeKalb County middle schools came away with the girls’ and boy’s titles at the inaugural DeKalb County/Atlanta Public Schools Middle School Track Challenge held at Lakewood Stadium last Saturday.
The Chamblee Lady Bulldogs and the Bethune Lions came away with the first-place hardware with strong performances involving 26 middle schools from DeKalb County and Atlanta.
Chamblee scored 68.50 points to outpace fellow DeKalb schools Champion and McNair who finished tied for second with 40 points each. DeKalb’s Henderson (33, 5th), Redan (29.50, 6th) and Cedar Grove (19.50, 9th) all finished in the Top 10 of the team standings.
Chamblee brought home two of the eight gold medals won by DeKalb out 12 events at the meet. Addison Morris won the 800-meter run (2:42.95) and Katelyn Avery won the high jump (4-02.00).
The Lady Bulldogs also brought home two silver medals including Elizabeth Harris in the 100-meter hurdles (18.56) and Elise Taylor in the long jump (15-01.25).
Addison Morris added to her medal haul with a bronze finish in the 1600-meter run (6:00.00) and the 4×200-meter relay team grabbed bronze (1:54.16).
Champion’s second place tie with McNair was aided by win in the 4×100-meter relay (52.20) and Sanaa Stanton’s win in the long jump (17-00.50). Champion also got a bronze medal in the shot put by Syriah Session (32-00.00).
McNair picked up a gold in the shot put as Kamora Whittlesey (31-10.00) won the event. McNair also collected silver medals from Rhimani Duffie in the 100 (12.98) and 200 (26.25)-meter dashes and the 4×200-meter relay (1:52.18). A bronze was also part of the haul for McNair as the squad picked up a third-place finish in the 4×400-meter relay (4:38.30).
Redan garnered two of the eight gold medals for DeKalb in finishing sixth overall as Kamerson Smith won the 400-meter dash (1:01.67) and the 4×400-meter relay team captured first (4:34.10).
Salem capped the gold medal haul for DeKalb with a win in the 4×200-meter relay (1:51.16).
The Bethune Lions picked up two gold medals of the seven brough home by DeKalb participants in winning the boy’s competition 65-48 over Drew Charter Junior Academy of Atlanta.
The Lions won the 4×400-meter relay (3:49.93) and had a 1-2 finish in the long jump by Lorenzo Venson (19-01.50) and Rashad Silver (17:10.00). Two more silver medals came on performances by Tylar Wooten in the 800-meter run (2:17.12) and Jameel Hecter in the 100-meter hurdles (17:08).
Joining Bethune in the Top 10 were Redan (4th, 37), Chamblee (5th, 35), Stephenson (6th, 32) and Champion (9th, 20).
Redan collected four medals capped by a win in the 4×200-meter relay (1:36.50). The Raiders also picked up silver in the 4×400-meter relay (3:51.13) and from Freddick Johnson in the shot put (37-08.00). The fourth medal was a bronze captured by Jeremiah Parker in the 100-meter dash (11.52).
Chamblee finished fifth bringing in three medals including Uria Hunt’s first place finish in the 400-meter dash (54.13). Ian Mathews finished second in the 1600-meter run (5:22.28) and the Bulldogs took third in the 4×400-meter relay (3:55.62).
Stephenson picked up two gold medals and one silver to key their run to a sixth-place finish on the day. Jordan Christie ran to gold in both the 100-meter dash (11.37) and the 200-meter dash (23.66). The silver came in the 4×100-meter relay (46.83).
Karan Fitzgerald played a big role in Champion’s ninth-place finish in the team standings as the took the silver medal in the 400-meter dash (54.86). The Chargers also picked up bronze in the 4×100-meter relay (47.05).
Jackson Taylor of Druid Hills rounded out the gold medals for DeKalb with a win in the 1600-meter run (5:21.29).
The 2023 DCSD Middle School Track Championships are set for Saturday, March 18 and Monday, March 20. Field events start at 9:00 am on Saturday and prelims are at 12:00 pm. Championship track finals begin at 4:00 pm on Monday.
See link below for full results from the DCSD/APS Middle School Track Challenge: