Westminster scored 72 points to edge out Region 6AA rival Greater Atlanta Christian (70) to win the Class AA title and complete a sweep of the track team championships for the school in that classification. It is the first state crown for the girls’ team since 2000.
“I don’t know if I have ever seen a group of kids as genuinely excited and proud of their accomplishment as these young ladies were in Albany on Saturday,” Westminster coach Geoffrey Sudderth said. “The coaches are grateful to have been brought along for the ride.”
The Marist girls also followed in the footsteps of their male counterparts as the War Eagles scored 57.50 points to finish ahead of runner-up Redan (50) and clinch the AAAA championship — the first state title for the girls’ squad.
Sahara Fletcher led the way for Westminster in the AA competition with wins in the 1,600-meter run (5 minutes, 16.18 seconds) and 800 run (2:16.56).
Charlotte Folinus won the 3,200 (11:27.22), while Sandy Sharis was victorious in the long jump (18-feet-2½) for the Wildcats
Khadejah Jackson was the winner of the 300-meter hurdles (45.46) and was runner-up in the 400 (58.70) for Lovett, which earned a spot on the awards podium with a fourth-place finish in AA (49). The Lions were also led by Nikki Teague’s second-place finish in the 100 (12.29).
Morgan Ilse led Marist’s state-title effort in AAAA with wins in both the 1,600 (11:15.79) and 3,200 (11:15.79), while Bailey Weiland won the high jump (5-6) for the War Eagles.
Holy Innocents’ made it on the podium with a third-place finish in the Class A private school competition. The Golden Bears scored 48 points to place behind champion Our Lady of Mercy (68.50) and runner-up Athens Christian (54).
Leading the Holy Innocents’ effort were state titles from Alexandra Juneau in the pole vault (10-4), Randi Bohler in the 100 hurdles (15.25) and Chelsea Zoller in the 400 (56.63). Zoller was also runner-up in the 200 (25.67).
Whitefield placed fourth among the Class A private schools with 41 points. Naomy Grand Pierre led the Wolfpack with a win in the 1,600 (5:05.70).
Galloway’s Maddie Felts won the 300 hurdles (44.22) and the triple jump (35-10¼) to lead the Scots to a 10th-place finish in the A private school team standings.
North Springs was ninth in AAAAA, with its 400-meter relay team finishing second (47.42).