High School Track & Field
Anderson leads local qualifiers for GHSA girls meet
Northgate senior Kemor Anderson left no doubt that she’d be returning to Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany for a final time this week.
Anderson qualified in three individual events and also contributed to the Lady Vikings’ qualifying 1,600-meter relay at Saturday’s GHSA Class AAAAA State Sectionals held at Starr’s Mill.
By placing fourth in the 100, 200 and long jump, she’ll now advance to this week’s annual GHSA Girls State Championships starting Thursday in Albany.
Anderson won’t be alone, however.
A strong contingent of county athletes in both girls and boys meets advanced from Saturday’s sectionals. The top-eight boys finishers among the two sectional meets also advance to the annual Georgia Olympics in Jefferson next week.
Along with Anderson, Northgate teammates Alyssa Allen and Toya Jantzen advanced to this week’s GHSA Girls Championships in field events out of the Class AAAAA Sectionals at Starr’s Mill. The Vikings, meanwhile, qualified its 1,600 relay team in addition to Drew Latham in the discus.
Allen qualified in both the shot and discus with eighth-place finishes, holding off South Paulding’s Jazmine Burse by a quarter-inch in the shot for the last state berth with a throw of 34-6 1/2. In the discus, Allen’s top mark of 91-4 held off Nya Moses of Sprayberry by seven inches.
In a competitive girls high jump, Jantzen was among a four-way tie for fifth at 5-2.
Anderson was finished tied for the third-best effort in the long jump of 18-3 3/4 before taking fourth. Times of 12.37 in the 100 and 25.29 in the 200 also placed fourth in respective events.
In Class AAAAAA, East Coweta will be represented in field events by Mary Kleihauer and Aliah Whisby in the discus and high jump, respectively. Whisby also helped the Lady Indians qualified for state in the 1,600 relay while joined by Alona Glenn, Lindsay Warren and Adrianna Williams.
Kleihauer was fifth in the discus at 112-3, while Whisby advanced in both the high jump, where she took second in 5-4, as well as the 200, where she held on to finish eighth in 25.28.
Newnan’s girls will be represented this week by Leslie Davis and Lamirra Henderson in field events. Davis placed eighth in the discus at 102-7 while Henderson was eighth in the high jump at 4-10.
Boys qualifiers for next week’s Georgia Olympics locally were led by Cougars senior Josh Hill, who won the high jump at 6-8 after tying for the top leap with Harrison’s DeVontre Young.
Newnan senior Terrence Geter, who was denied in a deep field in the 100 meters, managed to hang on to qualify in the 200 while placing eighth in 22.18.
Junior J.K. Britt and senior Stephon Brownlee will join Hill in field events for the Cougars. Britt qualified by placing seventh in the triple jump (43-1 1/2) while Brownlee was seventh in the long jump (20-11 1/4).
Dartavyous Walker and junior Kevin Lashley will represent East Coweta at next week’s boys GHSA meet.
Walker was third in the discus at 143-3 and Lashley placed sixth in the 300 hurdles in 39.09.
At the Class AAAAA sectional at Starr’s Mill, Latham advanced in the discus for Northgate’s boys by placing third at 134-6 behind Union Grove teammates Trent Hill and Chuck McConville.
The Vikings’ 1,600 relay of Logan Langner, Malik Wade, Jaelin Ware and Benton Washington also qualified with a seventh-place finish with a mark of 3:24.32.