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Local standouts named to club’s All-Metro team
by Greg Oshust
June 12, 2014 08:52 AM | 1734 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo / Lovett coach Charlie Finch, center, and Lion standouts Nicole Teague, left, and Khadejah Jackson, right, were honored as part of the Atlanta Track Club’s 2014 All-Metro track and field team. Also pictured are 2004 Olympic gold medal long jumper Dwight Phillips, second from left, and 2004 Olympic gold medal shot putter and former Lovett star Adam Nelson, second from right.
Special Photo / Lovett coach Charlie Finch, center, and Lion standouts Nicole Teague, left, and Khadejah Jackson, right, were honored as part of the Atlanta Track Club’s 2014 All-Metro track and field team. Also pictured are 2004 Olympic gold medal long jumper Dwight Phillips, second from left, and 2004 Olympic gold medal shot putter and former Lovett star Adam Nelson, second from right.
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A number of local track athletes and coaches were honored for their accomplishments with their selection to the Atlanta Track Club’s 2014 All-Metro track and field team at an awards banquet at Westminster May 29.

Lovett’s Charlie Finch was named as one of the All-Metro girls’ coaches of the year, along with Marist coaches Gary Miller and Eric Heintz and Woodward’s Tim Hamling.

Finch was honored for leading Lovett to the Class AA team championship, the first state girls’ track title for the Lions since 1996.

“It was a great honor to be recognized by the Atlanta Track Club as coach of the year,” Finch said. “All the credit really goes to the great kids in our program, the efforts of our coaching staff and the support of our parents and community. Honors such as these are never earned by an individual. It is simply the byproduct of a team striving for excellence together that made this possible.

“I’d also like to thank my ‘personal head coach’ — my wife Kendra Sue Finch — for her unwavering support and commitment to me, our team and our program.”

Two of Lovett’s mainstays were also honored, with Khadejah Jackson and Nicole Teague both winning most valuable athlete awards for AA.

Teague won the AA state title in the triple jump, finished runner-up in the long jump and was fifth in the 100-meter dash. Jackson was runner-up in the 300 hurdles, third in the triple jump and fourth in the 400.

“Having both Khadejah Jackson and Nicole Teague recognized as most valuable female athletes was incredible and well deserved,” Finch said.

Marist’s Morgan Ilse — the AAAA state champion in the 1,600 and 3,200 — won girls’ most valuable athlete for AAAA.

Other local selectees on the girls’ team were Atlanta International’sHelen Audrey Williams for the 1,600, Marist’s Bailey Weiland for the high jump and Woodward’s Summer Thompson for the long jump.

St. Pius X coach Ryan McClay was named as a All-Metro boys’ coach of the year after leading the Golden Lions to their second consecutive AAA boys’ team title.

“It’s always an honor to be recognized,” McClay said. “The ATC, they do such a good job with the banquet, and it’s great that these kids get recognized for their accomplishments on that sort of stage. We were fortunate to have an incredible group of kids to work with this year. We had a stellar senior class that definitely left their mark on our program with back-to-back state titles.”

Marist coaches Miller and Heintz were also All-Metro boys’ coaches of the year.

Marist’s David Gilstrap — the AAAA state champion in the 110 hurdles — won the boys’ most valuable athlete award for AAAA.

Pace’s Kenny Selmon (300 hurdles) and St. Pius athletes Austin Sprague (3,200) and Daniel Haugh (discus) were selected to the boys’ All-Metro team.

Haugh also won the Bruce Yohe Award for outstanding male field athlete while North Atlanta coach George Sanderlin received the Judo Brown Outstanding Men’s Coach Dedication Award.

“It’s probably the biggest honor that I’ve received as a coach,” Sanderlin said. “I was quite thrilled to receive the honor and it’s great to win it.”

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