With a number of strong individual contenders, mostly in the distance and relay events, the Wildcats are expected to be among the top contenders once again for the AA team title — along with Region 6AA rivals Wesleyan and Greater Atlanta Christian.
“They’ve got to create an opportunity to have some success,” Westminster coach Geoffrey Sudderth said. “They have an incredible opportunity to be successful at state and in order for that to happen, they have to stay focused on the task at hand.
“We have girls in a lot of events, anywhere from the distances to the [1,600-meter relay] to the [400 relay], the sprints, both of the hurdles. The girls have a lot of firepower. But, by the same token, so do Wesleyan and GAC. So, we’ll have to see how it shakes out.”
Sahara Fletcher is the favorite in the 800 and 1,600 runs, while Charlotte Folinus (1,600 and 3,200), Maia Young (100 hurdles) and Sandy Sharis (long jump) are Westminster’s other top state title hopefuls.
Lovett will be led in AA by state contenders Nikki Teague in the 100 and triple jump and Khadejah Jackson in the 300 hurdles and 400.
In the Class A private school competition, Galloway’s Maddie Felts is the favorite in the triple jump, 300 hurdles and 400.
North Springs will try to contend for a top-five finish in AAAAA, with Diaja Oliver a strong contender in the 200 and 400 and its quartet of Oliver, sister Dejane Oliver, Bre Kittles and Cheyenne Wells a top hopeful in the 400 relay.
Holy Innocents’ has three strong contenders of its own in Randi Bohler (100 hurdles, long jump), Alexandra Juneau (pole vault) and Chelsea Zoller (200, 400).
Whitefield will be led by Alice Fugate (100), Morgan Landers (triple jump) and Naomy Grand Pierre (1,600), as well as its 1,600 relay team.
Last year’s AA runner-up Blessed Trinity will aim for a similar result in AAA — with Anna Gandolfo (1,600, 3,200) and Shannon Innis (300 hurdles) its top contenders.
St. Pius X’s Elizabeth Pettit (3,200) and Woodward’s Erica Evans (300 hurdles) are among the other state title hopefuls in AAA.
Marist’s Morgan Ilse is the favorite to win both the 1,600 and 3,200 in AAAA, while teammates Kamryn Brinson (discus), Zuri Davis (400), Caitie Faust (800) and Bailey Weiland (high jump) are the other contenders for the War Eagles.
In AAAAAA, Campbell’s Erin Hardnett is among the top hopefuls in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.