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Westminster, St. Pius X, Marist win state boys’ track titles
by Greg Oshust
May 07, 2013 05:09 PM | 2935 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Westminster’s Jordan Flowers, front, won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs to lead the Wildcats to the Class AA team title at the state boys’ track and field championships in Jefferson last weekend.
Staff / Nathan Self
Westminster’s Jordan Flowers, front, won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs to lead the Wildcats to the Class AA team title at the state boys’ track and field championships in Jefferson last weekend.
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Westminster (Class AA), St. Pius X (AAA) and Marist (AAAA) came away with team championships under cold and rainy conditions at the state boys’ track and field meet in Jefferson last Saturday.

With 72 points, Westminster won the Class AA title — its first state crown since 2009. The Wildcats edged out runner-up Brooks County (62), with Greater Atlanta Christian (52) and Calhoun (46) also claiming spots on the awards podium with top-four finishes.

“The mental toughness of this group of young men was on full display in Jefferson,” Westminster coach Geoffrey Sudderth said. “The conditions were miserable on Saturday and the guys found a way to meet — and in many ways, exceed — expectations, despite the cold, wind and rain.”

Jordan Flowers led the Wildcats’ drive to the championship with wins in the 1,600-meter run (4 minutes, 24.45 seconds) and 3,200 (9:47.46).

Jag Gangemi won the 800 (1:58.48), with teammate Austin Dhillon (2:00.73) placing second.

Lovett finished in 28th place in the AA standings with four points.

St. Pius won the AAA title in dominating fashion — scoring a whopping 85 points to easily outpoint runner-up Chapel Hill (47.33).

Woodward (31) finished tied for fifth place in the AAA standings with Appling County, while Blessed Trinity (13) was 16th.

It’s the Golden Lions’ second state crown and first since 2006.

“This was such a complete team effort,” St. Pius coach Ryan McClay said. “We, as coaches, were able to get into all the aspects of track and field. We had a lot of good athletes in a lot of different events. It was a lot of variety and a lot of fun.”

The Golden Lions were boosted by dominant performances in the distance and throwing events.

Daniel Haugh won both the discus (175-feet-11-inches) and shot put (54-9½), while Austin Sprague swept the distance events with wins in the 1,600 (4:19.88) and 3,200 (9:24.57) and Fred Dorsey took the long jump (45-5).

St. Pius’ Calvin Tirrell finished runner-up in the 1,600 (4:25.07)

Marist claimed the first team state track title in school history, scoring 71 points to win by a decisive margin over runner-up LaGrange (38).

Daniel Navarro swept the AAAA distance events for the War Eagles, winning the 1,600 (4:23.10) and 3,200 (9:21.70), while Kenneth Brinson won the discus (179-1).

Pace led the way among local teams in the Class A private school competition with a sixth-place finish and 37 points. Whitefield (11) finished 11th, while Holy Innocents’ (18) was 13th and Galloway (15) 18th.

Kenny Selmon boosted the Knights with state titles in both the 110 hurdles (14.76) and the 300 hurdles (38.58), while Galloway’s Reilly Friedman won the 3,200 (9:38.01).

Whitefield’s Robby Keough was the runner-up in both the 1,600 (4:15.35) and the 800 (1:57.86), while Holy Innocents’ Jason Grimes was second in the pole vault (12-0) and the Golden Bears were second in the 400 relay (43.31).

In the AAAAAA competition, Campbell’s Allan Frye won both the 110 hurdles (14.46) and 300 hurdles (38.74). Frye won the most outstanding overall performer award for the meet.

Which team has the best chance of repeating as state champion next year?


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