Druid Hills broke one state record four times, another twice and a relay record in the finals on the way to a second place finish in the Class 4A Girls’ State Track and Field Championships at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany on Saturday (May 13).
The Lady Red Devils tallied 64 points to finish behind a tough Westminster squad’s 124 and ahead of Pace Academy (54). Stephenson represented DeKalb with one of eight Top 10 finishes during Championship weekend coming in fifth (41 points). Miller Grove tied for 25th with five points.
Junior Sanaa Frederick had a hand in all three record breaking events by setting a new state record in the 100-meter dash in the prelims on Friday with a time of a time of 11.43 to break the mark of 11.50 set in 1986 by Butler’s Anita Howard and besting her County Championships record of 11.45. She went on to claim the gold in the event on Saturday breaking her own record with an amazing 11.41 to rank in the Top 25 in the U.S. this season.
Frederick finished third in the state in 2021 as a freshman and now has back-to-back gold medals in the event over the past two seasons.
Frederick teamed up with her twin sister Sole Frederick, 400-meter dash winner Jadyn Bolden and Miya Carthan to break an eight-year-old record in the 4×100-meter relay by running a 45.74 that surpassed the mark of 45.91 set by Baldwin in 2015.
The Frederick twins both broke the 200-meter dash record twice beginning in the prelims on Friday as Sole nipped Sanaa in the first heat running a 23.52 to Sanaa’s 23.53. Both times broke the old record of 23.64 set by Chamblee’s Mary Ann Erigha set 20 years agon in 2003.
The pair were then matched up again in the state finals on Saturday with Sanaa getting the upper hand with a time of 23.39 and Sole coming in just behind at 23.41. Both marks broke Sole’s record set in the prelims and all four times were U.S. Top 25 times this year.
Sanaa won her second consecutive 200-meter dash state title to give her a sweep of the 100 and 200 for the second consecutive season.
Junior Jadyn Bolden joined the gold medal parade with a victory in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.27 while Sole Frederick claimed the bronze with her time of 56.56. Bolden’s time was a Georgia Top 10 time for the season.
The 4×100 team of the two Fredericks, Bolden and Carthan teamed up for another gold medal by winning the 4×400-meter relay to wrap up the state meet on Saturday. The group put together a time of 3:49.85 winning by almost six full seconds over second place Stockbridge.
Stephenson’s fifth place finish was spurred by one silver medal and two bronze medals in the meet. Senior Ty’kira Garrett finished second in the triple jump (38-03.00).
Garrett would team with Caseyona Hight and Breona Issac who both scored in individual events and Marissa Munerlyn for the bronze in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 47.73.
Garrett, Caseyona Hight, Munerlyn and Casiyaha Hight put together a bronze finish in the 4×200 relay with a time of 1:42.23.
Miller Grove’s Jillian Kidd scored all five of the Lady Wolverines with a fifth place in the 300-meter hurdles (46.21) and eighth in the 100-meter hurdles (16.00).
See link below for full results from DCSD State Track: