Towers Jamelia Simmons won both the 200 meter and 400 meter dashes at the Class 2A Girls State Track and Field Championships to lead Towers to a third place [...]
Stephenson Jaguars -- 2021 Class 4A Track and Field State Champions Coach Donald Sellers Stephenson Jaguars rallied from 20 point-plus deficits after the first two days of competition [...]
Towers Jamelia Simmons won four gold medals at the Region 6-2A Track and Field Championships. (Photo by Mark Brock) The Towers Titans track teams brought home seven gold [...]
Cedar Grove's Oral Ashe contributed to the Saints Region 5-3A totals with his performance in the 400-meter dash. (Photo by Mark Brock) Seven track performers from Cedar Grove [...]
Druid Hills Sanaa Frederick (left) and Miller Grove's Angelica Frederick (right) finished 1-2 in the Region 6-4A 100 and 200 dashes. (Photo by Mark Brock) Thirty-Five individuals qualified [...]
Tucker's Mallory Hodge (front) helped lead Tucker Lady Tigers at the Region 4-6A Track and Field Championships. (Photo by Mark Brock) A combined 22 athletes and four relay [...]
Dunwoody's Janae Profit and Claire Shelton both won a pair of gold medals at the Region 7-7A Track Championships. (Photos by Mark Brock) Ten boys and seven girls [...]
The Chamblee Lady Bulldogs added the Region 5-5A girls title to their trophy case. (Courtesy Photo) The Chamblee Lady Bulldogs led the way at the Region 5-5A Track [...]
2021 DCSD County Boys Track and Field Champions -- Stephenson Jaguars Sitting in ninth place with just 12 points coming out of the field events the Stephenson Jaguars [...]
2021 DCSD Girls County Track and Field Champions -- Chamblee Lady Bulldogs Trailing the Dunwoody Lady Wildcats by 21 points following the 4x100 meter relay, the Chamblee Lady [...]
Dunwoody's Janae Profit set two records (shot put/discus) on the first day of action at the DCSD Track and Field Championships. (Photo by Mark Brock) After rain delayed [...]
2021 DCSD JV County Girls Track and Field Champions -- Stephenson Lady Jaguars The 2021 DeKalb County Junior Varsity Track Championships provided some exciting moments as the Stephenson [...]
2019 GHSA Shot Put gold medalist Janae Profit of Dunwoody is eying the gold in the discus this spring after her tops in the U.S. throw of 157'-09". (Photo [...]
Miller Grove girls’ track coach Eric Keddo was selected as the United States Track and Field and Cross County Coaches Association Georgia girls’ Coach of the Year. Keddo’s Lady Wolverines [...]
Arabia Mountain's Jordan Barrow (left) took gold in the 200m dash in Class 5A while Martin Luther King's Jhivon Wilson took a silver in the Class 6A 100m dash [...]
2019 CLASS 6A GIRLS' STATE TRACK CHAMPS -- DUNWOODY LADY WILDCATS The Dunwoody Lady Wildcats brought home the program’s third state track championship trophy on Saturday as they [...]
Arabia Mountain's Jordan Barrow (left) In Class 5A and Martin Luther King's Jhivon Wilson in Class 6A split the 100 and 200 meter dashes at the DCSD County Championships. [...]
Arabia Mountain's Jordan Barrow (left) and Martin Luther King's Jhivon Wilson put on a great show for the fans in the 100- and 200-meter dashes with each winning one [...]
Miller Grove's Tacari Demery (left) took the baton from teammate Chance Barnes and cliched first in the 4x100 meter relay. The win put Miller Grove in front for good [...]
Field Events concluded on Saturday along with the track preliminaries in the 2019 DCSD Track and Field Championships. Finals are set for Monday beginning at 5:30 pm at Godfrey [...]
A 2018 Class 3A State Championship made Cedar Grove the first DeKalb track program to win four consecutive titles (2015-2018).
The most successful athletic programs in DeKalb County Schools come from track with the boys’ (48) and girls’ (31) combining for 79 state championships.
The county boasts 575 individual championships, 138 relay titles and 114 multi-title winners between the boys and girls. The amazing numbers all started with W. H. Tanner who won the first title in 1943 as he captured the high jump with a leap of 5 feet-8 inches competing for Chamblee
Druid Hills set the tone for track in DeKalb County Schools by winning the first team title in 1948 on the way to nine titles in a 16-year span, including three in a row twice (1951-53, 1958-60). Southwest DeKalb’s 2007 state title moved the Panthers into a tie atop the state title heap with Druid Hills. Eleven of the 19 current schools have won at least one boys’ state title.
DeKalb currently has a streak of 14 consecutive years (2007-2021) with at least one state track title and a total of 20 (11 girls, 9 boys) in that period. The 2020 championships were cancelled due to the Covid Pandemic,
From 2002 to 2018 DeKalb missed out on at least one state title only in 2006 and has compiled 24 championships (13 girls, 11 boys) during this period. Eight schools contributed to this run to championships including SW DeKalb (4 girls, 3 boys), Cedar Grove (4 boys, 1 girls), Redan (2 boys, 2 girls), Dunwoody (2 girls), Miller Grove (1 boys, 1 girls), Stephenson (1 boys, 1 girls), M.L. King Jr. (1 girls) and Tucker (1 girls).
The county only brought home four titles in the 1960s, but a Lakeside win in 1970 started a run of eight titles during the decade. Six more titles came during the 1980s, including two by Columbia.
Southwest DeKalb became the dominant track school in the 1990s winning six of their titles during the decade, including a three-peat from 1995 to 1997. The Panthers lead the county with 10 total titles after winning a second consecutive title in 2016. Tucker added two more in the ’90s and Stephenson grabbed one.
Cedar Grove got into the state championship game by winning its first title in 2015 and stringing together three titles with wins in 2016 and 2017. The Saints became just the fifth boys’ program to have won 3 state titles and joined Druid Hills and Southwest DeKalb as the only programs to win 3 consecutive championships.
A fourth consecutive Class 3A title in 2018 set a new benchmark in DeKalb as the Saints are the only program to win four straight (2015-2018). Cedar Grove also became just the seventh Georgia boys’ program to win four consecutive championships.
The 2004 Redan Raider track team added the 57th state track championship for DeKalb County Schools by winning the Class AAAAA state title and made it 58 with a repeat title in 2005.
The 422 total gold medals won in boys’ track and field include 340 individual golds (218 track, 120 field, 2 wheelchair) and 82 relay titles.
The boys produced 71 multi-gold medal winners over the years, including Avondale’s Danny Buggs (1969-71) and Gordon’s James Flack (1983-85) with six each. Lakeside’s Joe Thorne (2000-02) won five titles in the distance events. There are 14 other DeKalb County Schools athletes with at least four individual gold medals.
State Titles (48)
Current Schools (39)
- Southwest DeKalb (10) – 1987, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2007, 2015, 2016
- Druid Hills (9) – 1948, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1963
- Cedar Grove (4) – 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
- Chamblee (3) – 1954, 1960, 1964
- Stephenson (3) – 1998, 2002, 2021
- Columbia (2) – 1980, 1983
- Lakeside (2) – 1970, 1974
- Lithonia (2) – 1974, 1979
- Redan (2) – 2004, 2005
- Tucker (2) – 1995, 1996
- Miller Grove (1) – 2009
Schools No Longer Open (8)
- Gordon (4) – 1975, 1976, 1978, 1984
- Avondale (1) – 1971
- Hamilton (1) – 1969
- Shamrock (1) – 1988
- Walker (1) – 1985
Chamblee’s Emily Reese holds five state records and an amazing eight gold medals from the state track meet.
The girls’ track programs have won 31 state titles since the first state trophy in 1976 by Avondale as they close in on the boys’ record of 48.
Southwest DeKalb rose to the top of heap in DeKalb County Schools with five state titles since 1984. The Lady Panthers scored a three-peat at the state level from 2007 to 2009 in Class AAAA and reached the top of the girls’ list with the 2011 AAAA state title to add to that 1984 victory.
Avondale was the early leader for girls’ track in the county winning the first title in 1976 and adding a back-to-back title run in 1980-81 to become the first team to win three titles.
Gordon was fast on Avondale’s heels winning in 1979 and sweeping the 1982-83 titles to tie for the county lead in state titles. Columbia made it a trio at the top by winning in 1983 and then in 1995-96.
Stephenson won the school’s first ever state championship in any sport in 1997, followed it up in 1998 (along with the boys’ title) and then again in a sweep of the girls’ and boys’ titles in 2002.
Cedar Grove joined the three state title group in 2013 winning its third state title. Cedar Grove also won in 1981 and 1995.
The county brought home eight titles in the decade of the 80’s and followed up with seven in the 90’s. The teams captured six state titles in the 2000’s (Stephenson, 2002; Dunwoody, 2003; Redan, 2005; Southwest DeKalb 2007, 2008, 2009).
Tucker got this decade off to a good start by winning the 2010 class AAAA followed by Southwest DeKalb and Martin Luther King Jr. in 2011. It was Martin Luther King’s first ever state title in any sport. Redan then took its second state title with the 2012 Class AAAA victory over defending champion Southwest DeKalb. Dunwoody (second title) and Cedar Grove (third title) won titles in 2013 and a 2014 title by Miller Grove (the first girls’ title for the school) gives DeKalb at least one state title in the past 8 seasons.
Incomplete records on individual gold medals only go back to 1975 with DeKalb athletes garnering 312, including 255 individual (track 196, field 59) and 57 relay gold medals.
Since the 1983 meet, the girls have put together 55 multi-gold winners. Chamblee’s Emily Reese moved to the top of the DeKalb list by winning her seventh and eighth gold medals in 2008 (3200- and 1600-meter runs), the fourth consecutive year she doubled up on gold medals.
Sequoyah’s Tisha Prather (1987 to 1989, sprints), Columbia’s Lasheal Johnson (1991 to 1993, shot/discus), Chamblee’s Stephanie Amey (1975 to 1977, 4 sprints/1 long jump), Stone Mountain’s Kelly Perryman (1993 to 1995, sprints) and Towers Brittany Porter (2007 to 2009, 3 long and 2 triple jump) each won five golds apiece. Chamblee’s MaryAnn Erigha (2001 to 2003, sprints) follows close behind with four total gold medals. Miller Grove’s Tiffany Flynn (2 triple jump, 1 long jump, 1 100M hurdles) and Dunwoody’s Alex Cameron (3 1600M run, 1 3200M run) joined the ranks for four-time gold winners in 2014. Fifteen other DeKalb athletes have won at least three golds.
The girls have also set 20 state records over the past 25 seasons. Chamblee’s Emily Reese holds five state records with the class AAA records in the 3200 (10:16.76) and 1600 (4:48.51), the class AAAA records in the 3200 (10:33.336) and 1600 (4:52.245) and the all-classification state record of 10:16.76 in the 3200-meter run. Martin Luther King Jr. Lady Lions set the state record in the 4×100 relay during the 2012 preliminaries with a time of 45.69. The latest record came in 2014 as Miller Grove’s Tiffany Flynn broke the triple jump record of Julienne McKee of Lassiter set in 2002 at 41-07.75 by 3.25 inches with a jump of 41-011.00.
Ashley Smith of Lithonia set and broke her own record in the 300-meter low hurdles in 1998 (44.55) and 1999 (44.20). Latoya Lagree of Stephenson also set the triple jump record in 2000 at 40-feet, 311/2 inches and broke it in 2002 with a leap of 41 feet, 33/4 inches. Reese shattered her own state record in the 3200m run by 6.3 seconds (10:33.3) in 2006 after breaking the 19-year record from 1986 in 2005 (10.39.7).
State Titles (31)
Current Schools (24)
- Southwest DeKalb (5) – 1984, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
- Cedar Grove (3) – 1981, 1995, 2013
- Columbia (3) – 1983, 1995, 1996
- Stephenson (3) – 1997, 1998, 2002
- Clarkston (2) – 1989, 1990
- Dunwoody (2) – 2003, 2013
- Redan (2) – 2005, 2012
- Lithonia (1) – 1998
- Martin Luther King Jr. (1) – 2011
- Miller Grove (1) – 2014
- Tucker (1) – 2010
Former Schools (7)
- Avondale (3) – 1976, 1980, 1981
- Gordon (3) – 1979, 1982, 1983
- Peachtree (1) – 1978