There are new champions in town as the Miller Grove Middle School girls and Tucker Middle School boys’ track and field teams ran away with 2014 DeKalb County Middle School Track titles March 24.
Miller Grove outscored defending champions Henderson 78-69 to win the girls’ title. Champion Middle School finished third with a score of 56. Miller Grove won a total of seven medals–three gold and silver medals each and a bronze medal. Head coach Gaynell Troy said she is proud of her girls.
“They put in the hard work,” she said. “They came, we executed and we’re successful today. I’m more than happy.”
Eighth grader Tiara Williams led Miller Grove with two individual gold medals and a gold medal with the 4×100-relay team. She won the 100-meter dash with a new county record of 12.31. Williams also tied the county record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.61.
“She is a phenomenal athlete,” Troy said. “I’m expecting great things from her as she progresses on to high school and on to college and potentially a professional career.”
Miller Grove’s 4×100-relay team finished first with a time of 50.52. Corta Washington and Kai Ngozi won silver and bronze respectively in the 400-meter dash. The 4×400 meter relay team won silver with a time of 4:19.45 and the 800-sprint medley team finished second with a time of 1:57.07.
Tucker knocked off defending champions Cedar Grove, outscoring them 68-54 to claim the boys’ title. Henderson finished third with 45 points. Head coach Shango Rivers said the team had to fight through a lot of adversity to get to this point.
“We lost a couple of players, but we fought through the adversity and were able to pull it out in the end,” Rivers said.
Tucker had first place finishes in the shot put (Antonio Showers), long jump (Joshua Vann), the 400-meter dash (Justin Long) and the 4×100-meter relay. Long also won silver in the 200-meter dash and the 800-sprint medley team finished second with a time of 1:42:41.
“They put in the work, they put in the effort and they did everything we asked them to do,” Rivers said. “It was a really fun season.”
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