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49 local girls qualify for state track meet
by Chase Wallace
cwallace@neighbornewspapers.com
May 08, 2013 12:05 AM | 1692 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray -- Roswell senior Erin Gant is one of 49 local athletes heading to the GHSA State Meet in Albany this weekend. Gant will run as part of Roswell’s 4X400 team.
Staff / Erin Gray -- Roswell senior Erin Gant is one of 49 local athletes heading to the GHSA State Meet in Albany this weekend. Gant will run as part of Roswell’s 4X400 team.
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A week after the top boys track stars put on a show in Georgia, the state’s top female athletes will enter the spotlight this weekend at the GHSA Track and Field State Championships.

The meet, held Thursday to Saturday at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany, will feature 49 local athletes competing across Georgia’s six classifications.

Leading the way for North Fulton schools in Class AAAAAA will be Region-6 champion Alpharetta, a top-five team last spring looking to make another up the podium this weekend.

The Lady Raiders will have eight athletes making the trek to Albany, including six competing in multiple events.

Audrey Holt (200, 400, 4X100, 4X400), Sydney Vanhorse (200, 4X100), Natalie Bordes (800, 1600, 4X100, 4X400), and Rachel Thorne (1600, 3200) are heading to the Georgia Olympics for the second straight spring while Caroline Embry (800, triple jump, 4X400), Starr Graham (4X100, 4X400), Anna Stump (pole vault) and Jamie Tesh (discus) are making their first appearances.

Roswell’s Amber Lewis (100H, 300H, lump) will lead the Lady Hornets into the meet, qualifying in three individual events and anchoring both Roswell relay teams — 4X100 (Grace McCarty, Taylor-Von Frazer, Caroline Garvin, Lewis) and 4X400 (Nylah Brown, Frazer, Erin Gant, Lewis). Thrower Tracy Dorcemont (shot put, discus) will also compete for Roswell.

Rounding out the AAAAAA field, Milton will send three to the state meet — Kia Carson (100), Devon Artis (400) and Annie Kelly (1600); Chattahoochee sends three — Claire Craddock (pole vault), Savannah Howard (pole vault) and Kathleen Flagg (long jump, triple jump; Johns Creek will send two — Allie Buchalski (1600, 3200) and Hayden Merrick (discus); and Centennial two — Sarah Mitchell (shot put, discus) and Olivia Malone (triple jump).

One year after finishing as a state runner-up in Class AA, Blessed Trinity is taking 10 to Albany and will push for a team state championship in Class AAA.

The Titans are led by sprinter Zion Lewis (100, 200, long jump), mid-distance stars Shannon Innis (300H, 400) and Bailey Willett (400, 800), and distance specialists Natalie Kile (1600, 3200) and Anna Gandolfo (1600, 3200).

Blessed Trinity’s strong contingent of individual runners is supplemented by high jumper Elizabeth Tenoschok and a pair relays groups in the 4X100 (Jackie Kinney, Elizabeth Tillman, Megan Miller, Lewis) and 4X400 (Innis, Katie McConnell, Gandolfo, Willett).

In AAAAA, Northview moved four on to state — Lindsay Billings (3200), Anna Barefield (3200), Dollita Thomas (300H) and Sydney Weisman (pole vault).

In Class A, Mount Pisgah will shoot for a top-10 finish at state with seven Lady Patriots heading to the state meet. Ally Smith (400, long jump), Sarah Scott Lewis (400) and Mattie Millikan (800) will compete as individuals and Pisgah’s 4X100 (Paige Church, Alaina Grant, Alexa Hudgins, Lewis) and 4X400 (Grant, Hudgins, Lewis, Natalie Wertymer) groups will run the relays.

Jade Davis (800) will be St. Francis’ only athlete at state while Fellowship Christian’s Tamilore Toyin-Adelaja (100, long jump) will represent the Paladins.
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