High School Track & Field

Lady Indians close fourth in 1,600 relay

Westlake’s girls track team captured this year’s GHSA Class AAAAAA state title on Saturday at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany.

But they weren’t the only program in Region 3-AAAAAA that found a reason to celebrate.

East Coweta capped off the annual state meet by placing fourth in the 1,600-meter relay to place 12th among 44 schools that scored with 16 points.

A Lady Indians team of Alona Glenn, Andrea Williams, Aliah Whisby and Adrianna Williams held off Luella and Westlake’s ‘B’ team to placing among the top four in 3:58.39.

McEachern’s girls, who finishes as Class AAAAAA runner-up behind Westlake’s 61 points, set a new state record in the event of 3:44.59, breaking a previous mark also held by the program.

Whisby accounted for 9 1/2 of East Coweta’s 16 points, having finished second in the Class AAAAAA high jump during Friday’s field events.

Northgate, meanwhile, closed the Class AAAAA meet with points in three events — the 100, 200 and 1,600-relay to finish with nine at the state championships. Region 4-AAAAA champion Forest Park was sixth while Starr’s Mill placed 10th.

Lady Viking senior Kemor Anderson, who is headed to Shorter University, capped off her varsity career with two more trips to the podium. She placed sixth in the 100 in 12.37 in an event won by Cassondra Hall of Northside-Warner Robins in 11.66.

Newnan’s Chalonda Goodman remained the Class AAAAA state-record holder in the event, having posted a mark of 11.45 during her senior year in 2008. Goodman, who works for Texas Instruments following a collegiate career at the University of Texas, continued to train in preparation for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.

Anderson added an eighth-place finish in the 200 in 25.91. Hall also won the event in 24.14.

The varsity track season concludes with next week’s boys Georgia Olympics in Jefferson. The GHSA state meet, which begins Thursday, will feature several qualifiers from county programs.

Josh Hill, Stephon Brownlee and Terrence Geter, all seniors, as well as junior J.K. Britt will represent Newnan. Hill, Brownlee and Britt all advanced in field events led by Hill’s victory in the high jump during this year’s Class AAAAAA sectionals.

Dartavyous Walker will compete in the discus for East Coweta as well as junior Kevin Lashley in the hurdles.

Northgate will be represented in the Class AAAAA meet by Drew Latham and a 1,600-relay team of Logan Langner, Malik Wade, Jaelin Ware and Benton Washington.





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