NORTH FULTON/FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A number of local athletes captured state championships and podium placements in the GHSA track and field state championships May 9-11 in Albany, Rome and Carrollton.
Eight North Fulton and Forsyth County athletes stood atop the podium in individual events, and the Alpharetta boys captured the 6A team state title.
A year after coming up just short of the Class 6A boys team title, Alpharetta bested Bradwell Institute by five points to earn the 2019 team title.
The Raiders’ championship was led by its 4x400 “A” team of Errol Williams, Jaden Slocum, Austin Joyner, Derek Davis, Kent Cherry and Robbie Ruppel who captured the state title in the 4x400 relay. Joshua Flynn, Dane Motley, Kylen Crosby, Jackson Frizzell, Nicholas Haven and Arat Joanico placed third as Alpharetta’s “B” team.
Jamal Ellis earned a podium in the discus with a throw of 167-6 to place third. Ellis also placed 12th in the boys shot put.
Ellis, along with Dylan Merrell Ruppel and Cherry, took third in the 4x100 relay. Ruppel earned a state runner-up finish in the 400-meter with Williams in sixth.
Adding to the Raiders’ points total was a 10th-place finish by Sean Rager in the boys 3200 and Joshua Flynn finishing eight in the boys 300.
Gabrielle Cross placed third in the girls 400.
Blessed Trinity’s boys and girls teams both earned top-10s in team scores with a number of athletes earning podiums.
Hannah Minuitti captured the state championship in the girls 3200 with Sara Bailey in fourth. Minuitti was state runner-up in the girls 1600 with Bailey in sixth. Jamie DeWalt placed sixth in the girls 400, and Beth Miller was eighth in the 800.
Coco Camerieri placed eight in the girls pole vault, Ainsley Hartman was 11th in the girls high jump, and Jana Barden placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 39-05.
In boys competition, Jacob Lyons earned sixth in the discus with a throw of 141-00, and Jackson Filipowicz placed fifth in the boys shot put with Grayson Gilder in 15th.
Quinton Reese placed seventh in the boys long jump and was sixth in the 110-meter hurdles. James Mancini earned points for BT’s team score with a fifth-place finish in the boys 1600 and was seventh in the 800.
The Cambridge girls placed as state runner-up in team scores, led by Ashley Sechrest who captured the state championship in the 3200-meters, over nine seconds ahead of the field. Clarissa Beck placed fifth. Sechrest also finished third in the girls 1600 with Beck in 15th.
Ryan Jackson placed sixth in the girls long jump and seventh in the 200. Michaela Prevallet placed second in the 100 hurdles. Liv Bollenbacher placed sixth in the pole vault.
The girls 4x400 team of Grace Wolf, Taya Jackson, Ryan Jackson, Kathryn Suplee and Clarissa Beck earmed fifth.
In boys competition, Jack Filan finished as state runner up in the boys 1600 and earned another top-three finish by placing third in the 3200. Connor McDaniel tied for seventh in the high jump.
Centennial’s Cathryn Gray swept her state championship competitions. Gray won the state championship in the ambulatory discus with a throw of 51-10, secured the championship in the ambulatory shot put and won the ambulatory 100-meter.
Chattahoochee had two athletes compete in finals competition, with Kevin Yang placing as state runner-up in the boys triple jump. Kyle Coleman placed third in the boys 800 and was eighth in the 1600.
Denmark earned four top-10 placements in their inaugural appearance at the state meet, led by Karthick Kochuparambil who finished as state runner-up in the boys 1600 and 800 events.
Ethan Ashley placed seventh in the boys 3200 and Jessica Perriello was sixth in the girls 800.
Also competing for the Danes was Clarissa Kelly who placed 13th in the girls triple jump. Hannah Kim finished 15th in the girls shot put, and Eli Marshbank tied for 12th in the boys high jump.
Forsyth Central’s Calan Gizelbach captured the state title in the boys 3200-meters to lead the Bulldogs. Laney Kronz earned four points for Central’s team scores by placing fifth in the 100-meter hurdles and Lauren Johnson was 11th in the girls discus.
Johns Creek senior Madelyn Horne captured her fourth podium finish in the discus and ended her high school career with a state championship winning throw of nearly 151-10, nearly six feet over her nearest competitor.
The Gladiators earned another podium spot after Anna Conroy tied as state runner-up in the girls pole vault, clearing 10-06.
Dube Anyanwutaku placed eighth in the girls shot put to add to Johns Creek’s team points total. Anyanwutaku, along with Schler Hoard, Midigan Wallace, Skye Chambers and Scout Chambers, finished eight in the girls 4x400 relay.
Madigan Wallace earned a top-five finish in the girls 800 with a 2:21.36.
The boys 4x400 relay team of Ibrahim Ndiaye, Jack Beck, Patrick Taylor, Cole Quidley, Quincy Darnell and Nick Willis finished seventh.
John Robinson finished sixth in the boys 200-meters with a time of 23.46.
Lambert earned two top-10 finishes, with Abrielle Kataria finishing eighth in the girls 800 and Morgan Gore placing seventh in the girls shot put with a throw of 37-11. Cooper Bocko finished 13th in the 3200-meters.
Milton’s Nyah Hernandez and Taylor Cushman each placed in the top 10 of the girls 3200-meters, with Hernandez finishing seventh ahead of Cushman.
The boys 4x100 relay team of William Bratcher, Uriah Mellem, William Marinich and Demarrie Taylor earned sixth. Taylor finished third in the 100-meter
The Raiders’ Caleb Hall finished seventh in the boys 3200-meters.
Northview’s Jonathan Baker led the Titans by capturing the state championship in the long jump and set a state record at 24-07.75. Baker also captured the state title in the triple jump.
Liban Ismael cleared 6-4 in the high jump to finish as the boys state runner-up. Kate Holland placed 10th in the girls high jump.
Hogan Palmer placed eight in the boys 100.
Roswell put three athletes in the top 10, with Mallie McKenzie placing third in the girls 800, Zach Peterson seventh in the boys discus and shot put, and Jack Rhodes finishing eighth in the boys 3200.
Madelynne Cadeau placed as state runner-up in the girls 3200-meters, less than a second off state championship pace to lead the War Eagles. Ridvan Kazimov earned a state runner-up in the boys shot put.
St. Francis captured two state championships, with Down Odom taking the title in the boys triple jump and Isaiah Wadsworth winning the boys 100.
Odom, Wadsworth, Jai Smith and Sam Salama finished fourth in the 4x100 relay. Callan Hasling placed 13th in the boys 3200-meters and Savannah Samuel finished seventh in the girls triple jump and sixth in the 400-meters.
Kyle Brown earned a state runner-up finish in the boys discus with a throw of 166-05 and placed sixth in the shot put to lead West.
Reece Cato finished 10th in the boys 3200.