Two defending state champions were among three DeKalb County schools to win region track titles recently.
Class AAAA defending girls’ state champion Southwest DeKalb won the Region 6-AAAA championship April 16-18 at Panthersville Stadium, and defending Class AA girls’ state champ Decatur won the Region 6-AA title April 19-21 in Atlanta. The Dunwoody boys, along with the Southwest girls, repeated as Region 6-AAAA champions.
In the 6-AAAA girls’ meet, Southwest won seven events. Shunika Jarrells and Demetria Dickens each won two events. Jarrells, who ran at Avondale last year, won the 100 and 200 meters, while Dickens finished first in the shot put and discus. Kenya Wheeler of Southwest finished second to Wheeler in the shot put and discus.
Southwest finished with 138 points followed by second-place Dunwoody with 93.
Redan’s India Hammond also won two events, placing first in the 100 and 300 hurdles.
Other first-place finishes for county athletes were Charlotte Williams, Southwest DeKalb, 400; Tatiyana Caffey, Miller Grove, 800; Alex Cameron, Dunwoody, 1,600; Morgan Ilse, Marist, 3,200; Peyton Cambas, Marist, pole vault; Alyssa Felton, Chamblee, long jump; and Ariel Walker, Southwest DeKalb, triple jump. The Panthers also won the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
In the 6-AAAA boys event, Dunwoody scored 90.5 points to 88 for second-place Lakeside.
Dazel Claytor won the triple jump for Dunwoody’s only first-place finish, but the Wildcats had top three finishes in six other events. Lakeside had two individual champions. Brent Reynolds won the 800 and Jason Louis placed first in the triple jump.
Ezekiel Lee of Miller Grove won both the 100 and 200, and was the only double-winner among county participants.
Other event winners from schools in DeKalb were Daniel Navarro, Marist, 1,600; Michael Thurston, Marist, 3,200; Troy Howard, Redan, 110 hurdles; Christopher Morris, Southwest DeKalb, 300 hurdles; Darious Massey, Tucker, high jump; and Nathan Daniel, Marist, pole vault. Dunwoody won the 4x100 relay and Southwest won the 4x400 relay.
In Region 6-AA, Ashleigh Rasheed won three events to help Decatur claim the girls’ championship 121-115 over second-place Blessed Trinity. Rasheed won the triple jump, long jump and the 300 hurdles for the Bulldogs. Also, Decatur’s Alaina Cook won the 100 hurdles.
There were two individual champions from schools in DeKalb in the boys’ meet. Clarkston’s Antonio Kohn won the shot put and Djiby Sy of Decatur won the 800.
Cedar Grove’s boys and girls placed second in the Region 5-AAA meet April 17-19 at Lakewood Stadium in Atlanta while defending Class AAAAA girls’ state champion M.L. King was runner up in the Region 2-AAAAA meet in Fairburn.
In 5-AAA, Kayla Pryor won both the 300 hurdles and the 800 for Cedar Grove, while Elizabeth Petit of St. Pius placed first in the 1,600 and 3,200. Other county winners in the girls’ meet were Nesha Defor, Towers, triple jump; and Charisma Green, Arabia Mountain, 100. Arabia Mountain, which tied for third with St. Pius, also won the 4x100 relay.
The Cedar Grove boys won three individual events—Chance Baines, high jump; and Kareem Nicholas won the triple jump and long jump. Tamaric Johnson, who was the only other double winner in the boys’ meet, finished first in the 200 and 400. Other first-place finishers among schools in the county were Daniel Haugh, St. Pius, discus; Austin Sprague, St. Pius, 3,200; and Bryan Earl, Towers, 110 hurdles. Stone Mountain won both relay events.
In the 2-AAAAA girls’ meet, M.L. King had seven first-place finishes—Dominique Goss, high jump; Zakia Jackson, pole vault; Jada Martin, 100; and Felicia Brown, 200 and 400. The Lions also on the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
In the boys’ meet, Amos Harper of Stephenson won the discus and Jordan Moore of M.L. King won the 110 hurdles.
The top six finishers in each event advance to sectionals in each class on April 28.