Saints win fourth consecutive Class AAA state title
Cedar Grove and St. Pius X boys’ track and field teams are state champions again.
The Cedar Grove Saints won its fourth consecutive Class AAA state title and the St. Pius Golden Lions won its fourth title in program history, their third in the last six seasons.
Cedar Grove won the title with 102 points, outscoring region rival Westminster (96 points) at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany May 12. The 4×400-meter relay team brought home the title for the Saints. Cedar Grove was down 90-84 to Westminster in the team standings before the 4×400 race.
The 4×400 relay team finished first with a time of 3:19.89 to give Cedar Grove 10 points to its team score. The Saints other gold medalist was Jadon Haselwood, who won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.52 seconds.
He finished third in the 300-meter hurdles.
Terrence Lewin won a silver medal in the 400-meter dash and Israel Spivey won silver in the 100-meter dash. Kortney Cox finished fourth in the 100-meter. Spivey got his second individual in the 200-meter dash where he finished third, and Cox also finished fourth in the race. The 4×100-meter relay team finished third.
St. Pius outscored Sandy Creek 80-57 to win the Class AAAA title May 12 at Valhalla Stadium in Rome. It was the Golden Lions’ first title since 2014.
Matthew Harris led the team with three individual medals. He won the long jump with a 24-02.75 jump and placed second in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles.
Tanner Duffin brought home two gold medals—the discus throw (189-03) and the shot put (59-02.00). Jared Williams won the 200-meter dash (22.10 seconds) and finished fourth in the 400-meter dash.
Other medal winners
Stephenson girls finished fourth with 33 points and M.L. King finished fifth with 25.50 points. Stephenson boys also finished in the top 10 with a sixth-place finish (29 points), and M.L. King finished tied for 13th (16 points).
The M.L. King girls 4×100-meter relay team finished first (46.74) and Stephenson was right behind them for second place (47.48). Stephenson boys finished second in the 4×100 and 4×400.
Stephenson’s Simone Harper won the girls 100-meter hurdles. MLK’s Kayla Hunt finished third in the 100-meter dash and Jhivon Willson finished second in the boys 100-meter dash. Wilson also finished third in the 200-meter dash.
Dunwoody’s Ariel Lawrence won the long jump with a 19-04.25 jump and Samantha Cameron finished third in the 3200-meter run. Dunwoody girls finished 11th in the team standings with 20 points.
Miller Grove girls finished fifth in the team standings with 40 points. Emoni Coleman led the team with two individual gold medals. She won the 1600-meter run (5:03.98) and the 800-meter run (2:12.51), her second consecutive wins in both races. She also won a silver medal with the 4×400 relay team. Kayla Williams finished second in the high jump.
Miller Grove and Southwest DeKalb tied for ninth place in the boys’ standings with 18 points. Southwest DeKalb’s Nicholas Edwards led the team with two individual medals—gold in the discus throw (175-03) and silver in the shot put.
Miller Grove’s 4×400 relay team finished second.
Arabia Mountain’s Jordan Barrow won silver in the boys’ long jump.
Marist girls finished third in team standings with 51 points and St. Pius girls finished fifth (36 points). Marist boys finished fourth in team standings with 45 points.
Marist’s Josie Wirtz won gold in the 3200-meter run (10:52.40) and St. Pius X’s Morgan Vaden finished second (10:59.26). Marist’s Leif Anderson won the boys 3200-meter run (9:26.46) and the 1600-meter run (4:19.54).
Wirtz also finished second in the 1600-meter run and her teammate Kathleen Maley finished third.
Marist’s Anais Marenco finished third in the girls’ pole vault. St. Pius X’s Janae Profit finished second in the shot put and third in the discus throw.
Paideia girls tied for ninth-place in the team standings with 20 points and the boys finished 10th with 25 points.
Griffin McCauley won gold in the 1600-meter run (4:20.46), and Jordan Walter and Sophia West finished second and third respectively in the girls 3200-meter run.
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