High School Track & Field

Whisby finishes as state runner-up in high jump

ALBANY — East Coweta sophomore Aliah Whisby continues to take her athleticism to new heights in varsity track and field.

Whisby cleared 5 feet 4 inches to finish as the Class AAAAAA state runner-up during Friday’s field events at this year’s GHSA State Girls Track Meet at Hugh Mills Stadium.

The three-day event featured the first action for the county’s Class AAAAA and AAAAAA qualifiers. Whisby joined Northgate athletes Alyssa Allen and Toya Jantzen among scorers in field events.

In the afternoon and evening running preliminaries, Whisby helped East Coweta’s 1,600-meter relay qualify for the Class AAAAAA finals today while Northgate senior Kemor Anderson also advanced in the 100 and 200 for the Lady Vikings in Class AAAAA and eventually capped off her efforts Thursday by anchoring Northgate’s qualifying 1,600 relay..

Whisby, who finished third in the Class AAAAAA high jump as a freshman, matched last year’s effort, but managed to get the better of a jump-off for second with less attempts. Once again, however, she placed behind Duluth standout Jazmin Johnson, who was able to clear 5-6 to earn the state title.

Whisby wasn’t East Coweta’s only scorer either. The Lady Indians also picked up a sixth-place effort from Mary Kleihauer in the discus. Kleihauer set her mark of 110-8 on the second of six attempts to qualify for finals.

East Coweta’s 11 points ranked 11th in Class AAAAAA and the Lady Indians will add to that total in today’s 1,600 relay final.

Whisby, Alona Glenn, Andrea Williams and Adriana Williams advanced with a time of 3:58.17 while qualifying fifth overall.

Jantzen scored for Northgate’s girls in the Class AAAAA high jump, finishing in a five-way tie for sixth place with a best leap of 4-10. Allen added an eighth-place effort in the shot with a top throw of 34-8.

Allen also placed 15th in the discus with a top throw of 86-4.

Newnan’s Leslie Davis placed 15th in the Class AAAAAA discus with a top throw of 93-11, but unable to reach the finals.

Also competing for the Lady Cougars in field events was Lamirra Henderson, who was unable to clear a height in the Class AAAAAA high jump.

Despite being able to place in the Class AAAAA long jump, Northgate senior Kemor Anderson advanced to today’s running finals in both the 100 and 200.

The Shorter University signee completed the 100 with the sixth-fastest qualifying time in 12.36, just behind Sydney Wright of Northside-Columbus (12.31).

Anderson added a qualifying mark of 25.51 in the 200 to place seventh among preliminaries.

The Lady Viking closed Friday by joining Jordan Washington, Ebonee Echols and Qnianna LeBlanc for a qualifying mark in the 1,600. The foursome placed sixth in the Class AAAAA preliminaries to advance with a time of 3:58.58.

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