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Creekside athletes compete for gold in Albany
by Maurice Dixon
May 08, 2013 12:27 PM | 2280 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye<br>Creekside senior Kayla Spann aims to finish first in the 300 
hurdles in the Class AAAAA state finals.
Staff / Katherine Frye
Creekside senior Kayla Spann aims to finish first in the 300 hurdles in the Class AAAAA state finals.
Beginning Thursday, the best female track and field athletes in Georgia will convene in Albany to determine who is the best of the best.

In Class AAAAA, seven competitors from Creekside hope to depart with one of the three medals.

Individually, senior Kayla Spann will compete for the 300-meter hurdle title after a sixth place finish at sectionals.

“She’s right there with the top runners,” Creekside coach Scott Vaughan said. “She had the second fastest time in the state this year. She’s got a good chance to win it. It’s not like the first girl is way out there.”

Morgan Hubbard of Heritage posted the fastest time of 44.06 seconds this season.

Spann is also listed as part of the 4-by-100 relay team (Culani Burke, Demeri Smith, Jasmine Dorsey and Amber Devereux) and 4-by-400 relay team (Chelse Crowder, Aszonia McCoy, Smith, Dorsey and Devereux).

“The girls got a good shot,” Vaughan said. “They are not as top end as the boys’ team is.”

The 4-by-100 squad placed third at sectionals and the 4-by-400 team finished fourth.

In Class AAAAAA, the Westlake 4-by-100 and 4-by-400 teams also seek gold after producing the fastest times in both events in the state this season.

The members of these teams are SheKara Martin, Aubree Collins, Jenee Nichols, Justice Reeves, Nandi Rollins, Ariel Terrell, Alexander Johnson, Jasmine Jones, Mia Phillips, Nyambi Shoates, Merdieth Alexander, Kyandra Anderson, Anrial Howard and Kayla Stinson.

Westlake’s 4-by-100 team will be challenged by Langston Hughes’ squad of Antoinette Evans, Al-Nisaa Latif, Vicki Meadows, Niya Murphy and Kayla Neal.

The Lady Lions also have many athletes competing individually led by Martin, who has a strong chance of finishing first in the 100 and 200-meter dashes. (The Auburn commit has the No. 1 time of 11.73 seconds in the 100 in the state).

Over at Tri-Cities, senior Keyasia Tibbs will be leaping for her second straight gold medal in the triple jump event.

“I keep telling her it’s hard to repeat,” Tri-Cities girls’ coach Shenita Davis said. “Everybody is coming after her.”

“Until the finals, I will be thinking positive and trying to get over the big obstacle I’ve been facing,” said Tibbs, who has the longest jump of 40 feet, 8 inches in 6A this season. “I’ve been missing the board by one or two feet as I jump and that is taking away from my overall distance.”

Lady Bulldog Tatyana Hodnett will also compete in the 800-meter run after a second-place finish at sectionals.

In Class A (Private), Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy could do some damage in the speed events while Landmark could do likewise in distance running.

Lady Warrior Marquita Daniels owns the fastest times in the 100 and 200-meter dashes and Lady War Eagle Kathryn Foreman has the best times in the 1600 and 3200-meter races.

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