The Lakeside boys’ track-and-field team keeps its ‘best in DeKalb County’ crown for another year, while the Miller Grove girls’ team reclaimed its crown.
Lakeside won its second consecutive county track-and-field title March 27 at Godfrey Stadium. Lakeside claimed the title after scoring 92 points. Arabia Mountain finished second with 80 points, followed by Cedar Grove with 62 points.
The Lakeside Vikings were led by sophomore Brian Herron, who won the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Herron set a school record in the 200-meter with a time of 21.20, which is now best in the state. He won the 400-meter with a time of 47.80.
Herron said he was surprised to hear that his team had won the meet.
“At the beginning of the season, I [had] my doubts [that] we wouldn’t be as good as we were last year because we lost our best distance runners and two of our best sprinters,” Herron said. “After the first day of [the meet] when we were in second [place] to Arabia Mountain by one point, I was just shocked at the fact we could actually win county this year.”
The Vikings collected a total of six silver medals, which added to their total score. Senior Gordon Lewis brought home two silver medals—discus throw (139-03) and shot put (48-03.05). Junior Myles Boyd won silver in the 800-meter run (1:59.50) and 1600-meter run (4:39.49).
Senior Zyon Robinson claimed the silver medal in the triple jump with a 43-00.25 jump and senior Mike Haug finished second in the pole vault (10-06.00).
Herron said winning the county title is a confidence booster for Lakeside on the path to the state meet.
“One main mistake we made last year was that we were overconfident and a little cocky,” he said. “A few of us thought we could cut practice and we’d be ready for state, but we just have to keep working hard and stay focused on the goal.”
The Arabia Mountain Rams took home five gold medals. Senior Priest Foust is the fastest male sprinter in the county after winning the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.70. He also finished third in the 200-meter dash (21.69).
Foust and teammates Jordan Barrow, Berhane Johnson and Tyler Jones won the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 41.32. Jones also won gold in the long jump (22-04.25) and the triple jump (47-00.00).
Senior Michael Willingham won gold in the discus throw (172-06) and bronze in the shot put (48-02.50).
Cedar Grove got to its third-place finish through its relay teams. The 4×100-meter team finished second with a time of 41.92 and the 4×400 team finished third with a time of 3:23.16. Junior Berry Williams won bronze in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.80.
Other gold medalists in the boys’ competition were Decatur’s Sam Ellis (1600-meter run), Druid Hills’ Ermias Tewolde (3200-meter run), Stephenson’s Justin Birdsong (110-meter hurdles), Miller Grove’s Fereday Chipere (300-meter hurdles), Southwest DeKalb’s 4×400-meter relay, M.L. King’s Coleman White (high jump), Chamblee’s Will West (pole vault) and Decatur’s Robert Edge (shot put).
The Miller Grove Lady Wolverines won its second county title in program history. The team claimed its first title in 2014.
Miller Grove outscored Arabia Mountain 92-80 to win the title. Cedar Grove came in third with 62 points. The Lady Wolverines were led by sophomore Emoni Coleman, who won gold in the 800-meter run (2:14.98) and the 1600-meter run (5:12.98).
Junior Zariah Kitchens took home the gold in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.01. Kitchens, along with Chance Barns, Tacari Demery and Jakeeyah Seymour won the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 47.29, and the 4×400-meter relay team of Destinee Rocker, Samaria Allen, Queen Dais and Destiny Walker also won gold—winning the race with a time of 3:53.63.
Seymouradded three silver medals to Miller Grove’s medal count. She finished second in both the 100-meter hurdles (15.06) and the 300-meter hurdles 46.70-meter hurdles, and in the triple jump (37-00.50).
Arabia Mountain’s only gold medal came in the high jump when freshman Patra Williams posted the highest jump of 5-05.00. The Lady Rams’ relay teams finished second behind Miller Grove in both the 4×100-meter (47.40) and 4×400-meter (3:54.53).
Senior Mikayla Jordan won silver in the 200-meter dash (24.66) and senior Joie Royer won bronze in the 400-meter dash (58.39). Senior Cicely Kendrick won bronze in the triple jump (35-03.50) and senior Jasmine Blackwell won bronze in the discus throw (95-08).
Cedar Grove was led by sophomore Mynaisha Mitchell, who finished third in the high jump with a jump of 5-02.00.
Other gold medalists in the girls’ competition were Tucker’s Kaylah Lumsden (100-meter dash, 200-meter dash), Chamblee’s Beining Xiao (11:19.90), Tucker’s Antonia Frazier (100-meter hurdles, long jump), M.L. King’s Tahleebah Martin (300-meter hurdles), Dunwoody’s Rachel Sinclair (pole vault), Chamblee’s Rachel Edler (triple jump), Chamblee’s Oni Tunson (discus throw) and Columbia’s Courtney Edgeworth (shot put).
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