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Eagle’s Landing distance runner Gabby Roth won the Class AAA 3,200-meters at the state meet in Albany. The freshman was third in the 1,600 to help the Lady Golden Eagles finish third overall as a team.
Even if his Eagle’s Landing girls track and field team didn’t finish third overall in Class AAA with two runners winning state championships, coach Claud Spinks would still be heaving compliments on this season’s squad.
“Overall, it was just a good group of young ladies to work with,” Spinks said. “There were no headaches.”
But placing third overall with only five participants winning seven medals at the meet in Albany was something special.
Senior Shantia Wilson won the 800-meters and freshman Gabby Roth won the 3,200 at the three-day meet at Hugh Mills Stadium.
Union Grove junior Briana Vaughn was the only other runner from the Southern Crescent to win a state title. Vaughn swept the 100 and 200 events.
Wilson’s state title came at the right time. Spinks said several schools have now shown interest since Saturday’s finals.
“She has a lot more options now,” he said. “This just adds more icing on the cake for the season. I’m as pleased as I’ve ever been with any team I’ve coached. It was nice to see all of them do so well. This group has really performed well after battling injuries all season.”
The highlight of the meet for the area was in the 100 race where an athlete from either Clayton or Henry counties finished first, second and third.
Vaughn placed first with a time of 11.77 seconds with North Clayton junior Lorenda Holston second at 11.98 and Woodland freshman DeAndra Greer had a time of 11.99 to place third.
Vaughn followed that win with a first place finish in the 200 at 24.33 seconds.
Eagle’s Landing placed the highest among teams in the three-day event with the Golden Eagles placing third. Union Grove was seventh in AAAA.
“With this group, if I tell them to do something, they are already doing it,” Spinks said.