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Walton Captures First Track And Field Title

Courtesy of Ben Munro
Courtesy of Ben Munro

At the girls state track and field championships this weekend in Albany, Walton (AAAAA), Redan (AAAA), Monroe-Albany (AAA), GAC (AA) and Athens Christian (A) won state championships.

In the state's largest classification, the Raiders edged ML King 48-47, as Sydney Griffin won the 100-meter hurdles while Tayla Carter won the 100-meter dash. A balanced performance from the rest of the Walton squad helped the Raiders overcome victories by the Lions in the 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay. Felicia Brown was a part of all four M.L. King wins.

It is Walton's first track and field title ever.

Redan won its second girls championship and first since 2005, all-the-while ending a stretch of five years in which Southwest DeKalb had won four titles.

Javianne Oliver won the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes as Monroe-Albany won the Class AAA title. It is the Tornadoes' fourth straight state title and seventh since 2001. Monroe became the first team in a classification above Class A to win four straight.

In Class AA GAC won its third girls state title, all since 2005. The Spartans were led by Maleika Slayton who won the 100- and 400-meter dashes while also having a hand in helping GAC sweep the 100- and 400-meter relays.

Athens Christian won its third straight girls state championship. Destiny Jenkins won the 800-meter while Mary Echols won both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles. Echols also ran a leg of the Eagles' winning 100- and 400-meter relay teams.