Chamblee Middle School girls’ and Tucker Middle School boys’ track and field teams each outscored their opponents by 30 or more points to win the DeKalb County School District middle school track and field titles March 20 at Godfrey Stadium.
Chamblee won the girls’ title with 96 points, 40 more points than runner-up Lithonia (56 points). Henderson finished third with 33 points. This is Chamblee’s fifth title in 10 seasons (2009, 2010, 2012, 2017, 2018).
Chamblee was led by its relay teams, which won gold in the 4×100 meter (50.57 seconds) and 1600-sprint medley (4:32.70). Chamblee finished second in the 4×400-meter relay (4:24.06) and third in the 800-sprint medley (1:58.17).
Eighth-grader Cydney Bowe finished second in the 100-meter dash, eighth-grader Jordyn Parker finished second in the 200-meter dash and seventh-grader Lilly Nicaruagua finished third in the 1600-meter run. Parker also finished third in the long jump with a jump of 15-09.00. Parker won the Most Valuable Girls’ Track Athlete Award after contributing 23.5 points to the team’s score.
Lithonia won three gold medals behind eighth-grader Rusanek Tyler-Thompson. She broke records in the 100-meter dash, topping Miller Grove’s Tiara Williams record of 12.31 with a 12.26 in the preliminary round on March 17 and then broke her own record with an 11.92 in the finals. The time puts her 12th nationally in her age group, according to the district’s athletic department.
Tyler-Thompson won gold in the 200-meter dash (25.24) and with the 800-sprint medley team (1:54.34). She also won silver in the long jump (16.06.00). Lithonia also finished second (Caseyona Hight) and third (Kailey Elliot) in the 400-meter dash.
Henderson was led by eighth-grader Abigail McHoul, who won gold in the 1600-meter run (5:39.76) and silver in the 800-meter run (2:34.63).
Other gold medalists in the girls’ meet were Tucker eighth-grader Mallory Hodge (400-meter dash), Druid Hills seventh-grader Taleah Casurra (800-meter run), Peachtree seventh-grader Trinity Williams (long jump), Freedom eighth-grader Sydni Thomas (shot put) and Champion’s 4×400-meter relay team.
In the boys’ meet, Tucker won its third title in five seasons after an 84.50-54 win over defending champion Chapel Hill. Bethune finished third with 41 points.
Tucker eighth-grader Abdul Kerebo and MVP winner won two individual medals—gold in the 800-meter run (2:11.05) and silver in the 1600-meter run (5:02.05). His teammate Denijil Nelson finished second in the 800-meter (2:16.59)
Eighth-grader Joshua Morgan added to Tucker’s score with a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash (55.12). Tucker’s relay teams also finished first in the 1600-sprint medley (3:58.94), second in the 800-sprint medley (1:45.20) and third in the 4×400-meter relay (3:53.88).
Chapel Hill was led by eighth-grader Jacob Webb, who won gold in the 1600-meter run (5:01.89), and won bronze in the 800-meter run (2:17.87)
The 4×400-meter relay team finished first with a time of 3:50.79, the 1600-sprint medley finished second (4:05.37) and the 4X100-meter relay finished third (46.82).
Bethune’s third-place finish was led by gold-medal winner Janiran Bonner (shot put/ 42-01.50), silver-medalist Xavier Boyd (400-meter/55.85) and Emmanuel Clement (1600-meter run/5:02.86).
Other gold medalists from the boys’ meet were Cedar Grove eighth-grader Eric Jordan (100-meter), Miller Grove eighth-grader Dylan Griggs (200-meter), Columbia’s Elijah Hobson (long jump), the Columbia 800-sprint medley relay team and Stephenson’s 4×100-meter relay team.
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