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Area athletes aim for titles at state boys’ track meet
by Greg Oshust
April 30, 2013 04:27 PM | 2828 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Westminster’s Jordan Flowers will contend for the Class AA titles in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs at the state boys’ track and field meet in Jefferson.
Staff / Nathan Self
Westminster’s Jordan Flowers will contend for the Class AA titles in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs at the state boys’ track and field meet in Jefferson.
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Westminster looks to make another serious run at the Class AA title at the state boys’ track and field championships in Jefferson Thursday through Saturday.

Coming off of winning the Region 6AA meet as well as qualifying a large number of athletes at the AA sectionals at Greater Atlanta Christian, the Wildcats will try to improve on last year’s fourth-place state finish.

“We’re usually strong in the distance and we’re strong in the distance, again, so a lot of weight is on those guys’ shoulders,” Westminster coach Geoffrey Sudderth said. “We’ve got a strong [1,600-meter relay] team. We’re just hoping we can add a few points somewhere else.”

Jordan Flowers is the top contender in the AA 1,600 and 3,200 runs, while teammate Jag Gangemi is expected to contend in both the 1,600 and 800.

The Wildcats are also expecting strong performances from Nygel Edmonds in the long jump, Cameron Seward in the 110 hurdles and its 1,600 relay quartet.

Lovett’s Tej Suber is among the top contenders in the AA shot put.

Pace will try to duplicate its fourth-place performance of a year ago in the Class A private school competition.

Kenny Selmon will go for a sweep of the Class A private school hurdles titles as the top contender in both the 110 and 300 hurdles.

The Knights are also led by Josh Rogers, who is expected to contend in both the 1,600 and 3,200.

Galloway’s Reilly Freidman (1,600, 3,200) and Holy Innocents’ standout Jason Grimes (pole vault) will also look to make serious runs for state titles in their events in the Class A private school meet.

Marist is expected to make another run at the team title in AAAA after placing fifth a year ago.

The War Eagles will be led by Daniel Navarro — who is among the top contenders in both the 1,600 and 3,200 — as well as Kenneth Brinson (discus, shot put).

St. Pius X features several state title hopefuls in the AAA competition — Calvin Tirrell in the 800 and 1,600, Daniel Haugh in the shot put and discus and Austin Sprague in the 1,600 and 3,200.

Woodward hopes to contend for the team crown in AAA, with Drew Sands (800) and Spencer Clapes (pole vault) among the top contenders in their events.

North Atlanta and Riverwood will have athletes competing in the AAAAA event.

The GISA state meet will be held in Albany this weekend. Weber is represented in both the Class AAA boys’ and girls’ competitions, while Atlanta Girls’ School and Holy Spirit Prep will feature athletes in the AAA girls’ event.
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