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Posted: May 5, 2014 2:47 p.m.

Local athletes compete at state event

Rockdale County’s Candace Hill paced all area contenders at the 2014 Class AAAAAA girls state track and field championships, leading the Lady Bulldogs to a pair of state title finishes at the event held at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany this past weekend.

Hill topped the list of competitors in the 100 meter and 200m dashes, placing first overall in both events.

The freshman claimed the top spot in the 100m dash with a run of 11.44 seconds, besting Westlake’s Kevia Gonzales by almost five-tenths of a second.

Hill followed up her short distance performance with a championship run in the 200m dash, besting McEachern’s MaKenzie Dunmore in the final heat. Hill ran the event in a time of 23.21, edging MaKenzie’s run of 23.98.

Rockdale’s 4x100m relay team of Hill, Kyandi Lattimer, Reyna McFadden and Antwonette Thomas placed in the top-10 of its respective event, finishing seventh overall in a time of 48.38. McEachern took first overall in the event with a time of 46.06.

Newton High School’s Brianna Hayden also earned a top-10 finish for the Lady Rams at the state track and field meet, placing fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 36 feet, 2.5 inches. Alcovy’s Quentasia Perry joined Hayden in the top-10 with a jump of 35 feet, 8 inches, good for ninth overall.

With their performance at the state meet, the Lady Bulldogs placed seventh overall in Class AAAAAA with 22 total points. Newton placed 36th overall with four total points.

Westlake finished as the girls’ top team in the state with 61 total points, while McEachern (52) and Marietta (47) finished second and third, respectively.

The Class AAAAAA boys state track and field meet will begin Thursday, May 8, and conclude Saturday, May 10, at Memorial Stadium in Jefferson.

Lady Eagles place 10th

At the Class AAAA girls state track and field meet, the Eastside Lady Eagles earned a 10th place finish, aided by a pair of second place finishes in the field.

The Lady Eagles’ Nylah Chavis led Eastside with a runner-up finish in the high jump, finishing just back of Marist’s Bailey Weiland. Chavis posted a jump of 5 feet, 4 inches, besting Richmond Academy’s NaTosha Jordan by two inches.

Eastside’s Breanna Thornton helped the Lady Eagles place in two events, earning a second place finish in the triple jump (36 feet, 4.25 inches) and an eighth place finish in the 400m dash (58.72).

As a team, the Lady Eagles finished just inside the top-10, earning 17 total points while edging Richmond

Academy’s 15 point total.

Marist won the girls’ team event with 96 points, followed by Monroe Albany (67) and Redan (62).

The Class AAAA boys state track and field meet will begin Thursday, May 8, and conclude Saturday, May 10, at Memorial Stadium in Jefferson.

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