Southwest DeKalb senior Kenya Wheeler won both the shot put and discus to score 20 of its 41 points on the opening day as the six-time defending champion built a nine-point lead over Dunwoody.
Dunwoody’s first day total of 32 was aided by a one-two finish in the
pole vault by senior Erin Berger and junior Victoria Culver.
Meanwhile, junior Alex Cameron, the 2012 Class AAAAA cross country state champ, ran away with the 3200 meter run gold with a time
Sitting in third place heading into the track finals, coach Shannon Miller’s Lady Wildcats rallied to win gold in three events, silver in a fourth and two bronzes.
Cameron became a double individual gold medal winner by outdistancing the
field in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:05.70 — including freshman Lauren
Jackson — and capturing the 800 meter gold with a time of 2:15.62.
Dunwoody claimed gold in the 4 x 100 meter and a silver in the 4 x 400 relays to add 18 points to the team total.
Junior Erika Banks contributed a pair of bronze medal performances in the100- and 200-meter dashes as Dunwoody totaled 94 points for the victory.
Stephenson boys on top
The Stephenson boys track and field squad won its first DeKalb title in a decade.
The Jaguars built on its first day lead of four points and pulled
away from Southwest DeKalb to claim region supremacy for the first time since 2003.
The Jaguars got out of the gates quickly — keyed by a one-two finish in the long jump by freshman Denzel Harper (22’-04.00”) and junior Cameron Glenn (21’ 09.25”). Sophomore Isaiah Zuber aided the cause with a second place finish in the
triple jump as Stephenson held a 41-37 lead over the Panthers
heading into the final day of action.
A victory in the 4 x 100 meter relay to start the finals gave Stephenson a
big push as it got past Columbia by just .13 seconds with a time of 42.53 to take the gold.
Junior Jared Tucker followed up with a gold medal winning performance of
10.86 in the 100 meter dash.
Coach Donald Sellers’ squad had won four consecutive titles
from 2000 to 2003, but had not broken through since.
Lakeside came in third overall, led by senior Jeff Jernigan’s win in the pole vault and second place finishes by junior Jedrek Higgins in the
800 meter run and senior Jerome Cox II in the 300 meter hurdles.
Other gold medal performances include Stone Mountain senior Jaquez Knolton in the
shot put, Redan junior Donald Daley in the discus and Decatur senior Elijah Hayes in the 300-meter hurdles.