GHSA Girls Track
Whisby finishes 2nd in Class AAAAAA high jump
by Staff Reports
ALBANY — East Coweta and Northgate both got on the scoresheet during the first full day of respective Class AAAAAA and AAAAA state girls track and field championship meets here at Hugh Mills Stadium.
Lady Indians freshman Aliyah Whisby finished as the state runner-up in the Class AAAAAA high jump to give East Coweta eight points with her second-place finish of 5-4. She placed ahead of Duluth’s Jazmyn Johnson and Marietta’s Elizabeth Hartley by way of attempts after all three cleared the height.
Mill Creek’s Malayshia George held off Whisby for the state title with a mark of 5-6.
Whisby was the top finisher in last month’s state sectional meet in Roswell.
Northgate’s girls also scored following junior Kemor Anderson’s eighth-place finish in the Class AAAAA long jump. Her mark of 16-8 1/2 on her first attempt was enough to pick up a point in team scoring.
Anderson will have a chance to add to that total after reaching today’s finals in the 100. She qualified with the sixth fastest qualifying time in 12.31.
Both Anderson and teammate Ebonee Echols were unable to advance in Friday’s qualifiers in the 200 and 400, respectively. Northgate’s 1,600- relay team of Anderson, Echols, Jordan Washington and Quianna LeBlanc also failed to qualify for finals with a mark that was four seconds off this year’s season best of 4:02.66 from the state sectionals.
East Coweta’s 400 relay team of Whisby, Candace Bass, Adrianna Williams and Cierra Swindle missed qualifying for finals while placing ninth with a time of 48.35.
Also in competition in Friday’s field events were Northgate’s Toya Jantzen in the high jump and East Coweta’s Mary Kleihauer in the discus.
Also scoring locally on day two was Landmark Christian senior Lindy Long. After setting a new state record in the 3,200 on Thursday while capturing the Class A Private title, the future Air Force runner placed sixth in the 1,600 in 5:18.42.