Local athletes
bring home titles at girls' state track meet

By Doug Gorman


The message sent out by Southern Crescent athletes during the the final day of competition at the Georgia High School Association girls track and field meet was loud and clear-these young ladies sure know their way around the track.

When the dust finally settled at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany, three different runners from either Clayton or Henry County had crossed the finish line ahead of the rest of the pack to claim state titles.

All came out of the Class AAAA Division.

In the 100-yard dash, Mt. Zion's Alycia Prior edged Southwest DeKalb's Kia Jackson in a race down to the wire.

Both basically crossed the finish line in a time of 11.7-seconds, with Prior being declared the winner.

Pryor added a third-place finish to her impressive Saturday afternoon in the 200.

Mt. Zion's 400- relay team added a third-place finish to its team score, ending the race in a time of 47.86.

Stockbridge's Paige Morton ended her high school career with a victory in the 100 hurdles. Morton, who is headed to the University of Florida, on a track scholarship won the race in a time of 14.2

Morton took second place in the 300 hurdles with a time of 43.2.

Lovejoy's Aubrielle Wright added a title to her track and field resume, winning the 800 with a time of 2:14.

The trio's helped their schools' in the team results as Lovejoy finished sixth in the Class AAAA meet with 24 points. Stockbridge and Mt. Zion tied with Lakeside Evans for eight place with 22 points each. Southwest DeKalb won the Class AAAA team title by 20 points over Starr's Mill.

Southwest DeKalb tallied 55 points, while Starr's Mill scored 35 points.

Collins Hill (64) won the Class AAAAA title, Therrell (64) took the Class AAA crown, North Oconee (40) won in Class AA and Landmark (82) rolled to the Class A title by the widest margin of any of the divisions. Athens Christian was second in the Class A division with 51 points.

The annual GHSA boys track and field championships take place starting Thursday in Jefferson.