The Lady Raiders scored 58 points on the final day of the Class AAAA
Girls’ State Track Championships to overcome a 30-point deficit to
defending champion Southwest DeKalb to capture the 2012 state title at
Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany.
The Lady Raiders did not score a point in the first two days of
competition, but exploded for 58 points once the teams hit the finals on
the track on Saturday.
Southwest DeKalb which had won four of the last five Class AAAA state
titles scored 30 points in the field events led by Kenya Wheeler’s gold
medal in the shot put (41-01.50).
Redan got the third day under way with a bang with a surprising victory in
the 4x100 meter relay in a time of 47.90 to put 10 quick points on the
The hurdles duo of India Hammond and Nikkia Jefferson were the next big
contributors as they combined for 32 points in the 100 and 300 meter
hurdles. Jefferson won gold in the 300 hurdles in a time of 43.44 with
Hammond taking the silver in a time of 44.06. Hammond also took silver in
the 100 hurdles in a time of 14.56 and Jefferson the bronze in 14.72.
Redan picked up second place finishes in both the 400 meter dash by
Crystal Gray in 56.37 and the 4x400 relay in 3:53.10 to complete the big
rally for the state title.
Dunwoody gave DeKalb a sweep of the top three spots in Class AAAA with a
team total of 38 points behind a gold medal in the 4x400 relay with a time
of 3:49.32 and sophomore Alex Cameron’s win in the 1600 meter run in
Alyssa Felton scored eight of Chamblee’s 14 points on the way to a Top 15
finish of 11th while Miller Grove gave DeKalb five teams in the Top 15
with 13 points for a tie for 12th behind a gold medal by Tatiyana Caffey
in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:17.24.
Redan’s title marked the sixth consecutive Class AAAA girls’ track state
tile won by DeKalb teams and Redan’s second title overall coupled with the
2005 AAAAA state championship. The six-year run includes Southwest
DeKalb’'s four titles (2007-2009, 2011) and Tucker (2010). Redan also gives
DeKalb eight girls’ track teams with two or more state tiles and the
district’s 28th girls’ track title overall.
The defending state champions Martin Luther King Jr. Lady Lions came up
one point of repeating in Class AAAAA behind 47 points on the track on
Saturday as Walton held on for a 48-47 victory in the title chase.
Felecia Brown swept the 200 and 400 meter dashes to put the Lady Lions
within reach of repeating as she ran the 200 in a time of 23.78 and the
400 in a Georgia best time for 2012 of 53.89.
The Lady Lions also swept the 4x100 and 4x400 relays which they have
dominated most of the year while holding the state’s best times of 3.45.94
(4x400) and 45.42 (4x100). A state record of 45.69 came in the
preliminaries of the 4x100 and they capped the event with the gold medal
in 46.30. The 4x400 gold came in a time of 3:47.69.
Kayla Pryor accounted for 16 of Cedar Grove’s 30 points to lead the Lady
Saints to an eighth place finish in the Class AAA state meet.
Pryor claimed silver in the 800 meter run in a time of 2:14.60 and a
bronze in the 300 hurdles with a time of 44.46.
Cedar Grove was in 10th place after the field events with just 10 points
and moved up the two spots to eighth with 20 points on Saturday.
Mark Brock is the Athletics Statistician/Information Officer/Web Manager
at DeKalb County Schools Athletics/East DeKalb Campus