Georgia High School Track & Field Recap

May 12th, 2014 | In Featured, In The News, Local Running News

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Another season of high school track and field wrapped up at the conclusion of the 2014 boy’s state track meet in Jefferson, GA on Saturday. Georgia’s best posted astounding performances across all classifications, making the 2014 meet one of the most exciting championship meets in history. All meet coverage can be found on www.ga.milesplit.com.

Some of the most notable performances from the state championships are highlighted below.

2014 Georgia Olympics (Boys State Championships)
Team Titles:

  • Shiloh High School won the 6A title after every team member contributed points
  • Mt. Zion Jonesboro scored in every finals event, including the 4x400m gold, to take the 5A team title
  • Marist defended their 4A title by 1 point over Carrollton despite having no chances to score in the final three events. The victory came a week after the Marist ladies defended their 4A title
  • St. Piux X defended their 3A title with 97 points, thanks in large part to the distance team, despite not winning an event on Saturday
  • Lamar High School beat out Westminster for the 2A title after a 3rd place 4x400m finish
  • Athens Christian Academy won their 4th straight title

Individual Accomplishments:

  • Jeremy McDuffie of Shiloh HS won four gold medals and one silver to help Shiloh win the 6A title. He also won the meet’s “Top Triple Jump Performance.”
  • Walton’s Kenan Farmer proved he’s the best distance runner in the state, blazing to a 9:15.90 in the 3200m and 4:11.47 in the 1600m.
  • Sandy Creek High School (4A) posted the state’s fastest 4×100 time with 41.27, earning the “Best Performance Award.”
  • Westlake High School (6A) posted the weekend’s fastest 4×400 with a time of 3:16.06.
  • Daniel Haugh of St. Pius X (3A) won the shot put and discus. His discus throw of 194-5 made him the “Thrower of the Meet.”
  • Washington County’s (3A) Quintaveon Poole defended his 400m title, posting a top 10 USA MileSplit time of 47.30.
  • Jeramey Hampton of North Gwinnett posted the state’s fastest 800m time of 1:51.84. 2nd and 3rd place were both within 0.7 seconds.
  • Grovetown’s Darius Watkins swept the 5A short sprints.
  • New Machester’s Terrence Jenkins doubled as 5A hurdles champion.
  • Harper Sigler from North Oconee High School won the 800m after a dramatic diving finish in a time of 1:57.16
  • Lamar High School set a new 2A record for the 4x100m with their prelims time of 41.51.
  • Our Lady of Mercy set a new Class A record for the 4x100m with a time of 41.88.
  • Christinan Coleman of OLA beat the 30+ year old 200m record
  • Kenny Selmon of Pace Academy set Class A records for the 110 and 300m hurdles.
  • Austin Sprague of St. Pius X (3A) and Logan Poteet of Kell (5A) both continued to dominate in their classes, each winning their respective 1600m and 3200m races.
  • Bailey Vitatoe from Brookwood won the 6A high jump on fewer misses, as three athletes attempted 7 feet.

2014 Girl’s State Track Championships
Team Titles:

  • Westlake High School repeated as 6A champions despite a DQ in the 4x400m prelims
  • Miller Grove beat Pope High School by one point following a 5th place finish in the 4x400m to take the 5A crown
  • Marist defended their 4A title
  • Woodward Academy beat their Region 6-AAA rivals to win the 3A title
  • Lovett dominated 2A to capture the team title
  • ELCA won the 1st Girls State title in school history, paced behind victories in both relays and T’aja Cameron’s sweep of the short sprints
  • Gordon Lee won the Class A Public title

Individual Highlights:

  • High point athletes for each qualification are MaKenzie Dunmore (McEachern), Tiffany Flynn (Miller Groove), Jahari Williams (Monroe-Albany), Jenna Gearing (White County), Taylor DeLoach (St. Vincent’s Academy), T’aja Cameron (ELCA), and Kimmie Davis (Baconton Charter)
  • Freshman Candace Hill of Rockdale County recorded a US #1 Wind-legal time of 23.31 in the 200m and US #2 wind-legal time of 11.44 in the 100m
  • Freshman Helen Williams of Atlanta International School swept the Class A Private distance races and broke the 1992 GHSA State Meet Record for the 1600m with her 5:00.47 finish. She also broke the 3200m record with a time of 10:40, moving her into the state’s Top Five 3200m runners of all time.
  • Bailey Willett from Blessed Trinity posted the fastest 800m of the day with 2:14.21.
  • Jahari Williams of Monroe doubled in the short sprints with a 11.94 and 24.32.
  • Cassondra Hall of Northside Warner Robbins also doubled in the short sprints.
  • Northside Warner Robbins posted the fastest 4x100m relay with a time of 46.82.
  • The 6A 1600m race saw 9 athletes cross the line within 6.5 seconds of each other. Mary Jeanne Assinzo of Marietta won in 5:02.74.

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