SWD makes history with 15th county title
It was an historic day in DeKalb County track and field March 27 at Godfrey Stadium.
Miller Grove’s girls’ track and field team became back-to-back DeKalb County champions for the first time in program history. Also, the Southwest DeKalb boys’ track and field team won its’ 15th county title.
The Miller Grove Lady Wolverines won its third title in program history with a 123-85 win over runner-up M.L. King. Stephenson finished third with 73 points.
The Lady Wolverines racked up six gold medals in the 2-day meet. Junior Emoni Coleman defended her titles in the 800-meter (2:15.00) and 1600-meter (5:17.35). Senior Zariah Kitchens also defended her title in the 400-meter dash (57.26).
Coleman and Kitchens along with Angelica Frederick and Chance Barnes won the 4×400-meter relay (3:49.91), a race Miller Grove also won last year. The 4×100 relay team finished second.
Miller Grove junior De’Asia Keller won gold in the triple jump (33-09.00) and junior Marguerite McGill won the shot put with a throw of 34-00.00. McGill also won a silver medal in the discus competition. Junior Tacari Demery won silver medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash, finishing second behind M.L. King junior Kayla Hunt in both races.
Hunt won the 100 with a time of 11.95 and the 200 with a time of 24.61. She also won gold in the 4×100-meter relay (47.08) along with Ayonna Dennis, Lauren Euler and Jaili Green. Dennis got her second gold medal in the 300-meter hurdles (45.13) and Green finished second in the hurdles with a time of 46.46.
Euler finished second in the 400-meter and M.L. King’s 4×400 relay team also won a silver medal.
Stephenson’s third-place finish was led by senior Simone Harper, who won the 100-meter hurdles (14.93). Her teammate junior Kiomy Morris finished second (15.46). Harper also won a silver medal in the long jump, and senior Jayla Neal won silver in the triple jump.
Senior Rena Clowers won bronze medals in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.
Stephenson’s relay teams finished third in the 4×100 and 4×400.
Other gold medal winners in the girls’ meet were Lakeside junior Emma Hanson in the 3200-meter run (11:30.72), Arabia Mountain senior Attallah Smith won the long jump (18-03.00) and her teammate Patra Williams won the high jump (5-02.00). Cedar Grove junior Antania Swian won the discus throw (110-00).
In the boys’ meet, Southwest DeKalb won five gold medals to take the county title 90-69 over Stephenson. M.L. King finished third with 61.50 points.
Senior Marcellus Boykin led the Panthers with two individual golds and one relay gold. He won the 100-meter dash (10.73) and the 200-meter dash.
Boykin, along with Trentavious Wiley, Justin Tomlin and Devin Brewington, won the 4×100 meter relay (41.79). Senior Nicholas Edwards also won two individual gold medals—shot put (51-01.50) and discus (155-03). Senior Jeffery Hines finished second in the discus throw (133-08).
Southwest DeKalb finished second in the 4×400-meter relay and senior Barry Williams won a bronze medal in the 300-meter hurdle.
Stephenson’s second-place finish was led by senior Jordan Sessom, who won the 400-meter dash (49.35), and senior Justin Birdsong, who won the 110-meter hurdles (14.78). The Jaguars won a silver medal in the 4×100-meter relay, and senior Sheldon Previs won bronze in the discus.
Junior Coleman White led M.L. King to a third-place finish with a gold medal in the high jump (6-02.00). Junior Jhivon Wilson won silver in the 200-meter and bronze in the 100-meter.
Other gold medal winners were Tucker sophomore Koko Mohammed in the 800-meter run (1:58.94), Dunwoody’s Max Mowrer in the 1600-meter run (4:33.56) and 3200-meter run (9:55.74), Miller Grove junior Walik Robinson in the 300-meter hurdles (40.47), Miller Grove 4×400 relay team (3:20.51), McNair junior DeMarshae Travis in the long jump (21-06.50), Cedar Grove senior Keshun Byrd in the triple jump (45-07.00) and Lakeside’s Evangelos Katsoudas in the pole vault (11-00.00).
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