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Alexander, Chapel Hill see state titles
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
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Chapel Hill sophomore Darrell Abernathy jumps hurdles during a recent practice. Abernathy placed sixth in the state in the 110-meter hurdles.
Chapel Hill sophomore Darrell Abernathy jumps hurdles during a recent practice. Abernathy placed sixth in the state in the 110-meter hurdles.
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The Chapel Hill boys and Alexander girls produced state champions at the Georgia High School Association state track meets.

Champions included Chapel Hill’s Paul McCloud in boys’ 3A 800-meter run with a time of 1:58.04; and Jamal McDaniel in the boys’ 3A 200-meter dash with 22.23. Alexander’s Ashton Matson won the girls’ 4A pole vault at 10 feet.

The boys competed May 2-4 in Jefferson and the girls on May 9-11 in Albany.

Chapel Hill had five other individuals and two relay teams finish in the top eight of their events at state as well. From the boys, Darrell Abernathy placed sixth in the 110-meter hurdles, Rico Flemister finished in a three way tie for eighth in the high jump. McCloud also finished fifth in the 1600.

The boys’ 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams both finished seventh. The team finished second overall in 3A with 47.33 points

For the girls, Darby Demarest finished eighth in the 800, Jasmin Ellis finished fifth in the 400 and Ashton Lord finished seventh in the 3200. Chapel Hill girls finished in a three-way tie for 22nd in 3A with seven points.

Aside from Matson, Alexander had six more athletes finish in the top eight of their 4A events. Boys team members Tim Castellanos took eighth in shot put, Broc Ducharme took sixth in the 3200 and James Leverette took third in pole vault. Girls team members Chloe Camp took eighth in the 3200, Brittany Truitt took fifth in the 1600 and Remel Williams took third in the 100. The boys finished 24th in 4A with 10 points while the girls finished tied for ninth with 23 points.

New Manchester’s girls came out of the state meet with two individuals and one team as top placers from state in 5A. Niata Alexander finished sixth in the 200 and the 400, Anika Carter finished seventh in the 100 and sixth in the 400 and the 4x100 relay team finished fourth. New Manchester finished 13th in 5A with 17 points.

Lithia Springs, also in 5A, had Lasheon Strozier finish eighth in the triple jump and Derrick White take third in the 400. Lithia Springs finished 16th in 5A with 15 points.
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