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.
Hubbard leads Heritage
At the Class AAAAA girls state track and field meet, the Heritage Lady Patriots earned a 15th place finish as Morgan Hubbard captured the state title in the 300m hurdles.
Hubbard posted a time of 42.94, besting Forest Park’s Lauren Epps (43.56) in the finals.
The Lady Patriots’ 4x100m relay team of Hubbard, Brianna Washington, Mia McLean, Lyric Bolden, Erin Carter and Valencia Williams also captured a top-10 finish, placing seventh in a time of 48.52.
Heritage finished with 12 total team points, while Miller Grove earned first place honors at the state event with 60 total points. Pope (59) and Northside (56) finished second and third, respectively.
The Class AAAAA boys state track and field meet will begin Thursday, May 8, and conclude Saturday, May 10, at Memorial Stadium in Jefferson.