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Gainesville's Quinones, Jefferson's Hamrick earn individual state track titles
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Colton Quinones of Gainesville led the way for local track and field athletes with a state title in the Class AAAAA discus throw in the boys track and field state championships this weekend at Jefferson Memorial Stadium.

Buford’s 400-meter relay team of Khalil Anderson, Xavier Gantt, Evyn Cooper and Brandon Mangram placed first in Class AAA.

For the host Dragons, Jefferson’s Mason Hamrick also won a state championship in the Class AA pole vault; teammate James Howard finished second.

In the rest of Class AA, Satchel Turpin took home a second place finish in the triple jump and a seventh place finish in the high jump for the Dragons. Ethan Hix finished fifth in the discus thrown for Jefferson, Dalton Hill took seventh in the 110-meter hurdles and third in the 300-meter hurdles, and Tradd Porter was seventh in the 800-meter run. Hill and Porter joined T.J. Skelton and James Howard on the 1600-meter relay team that finished fifth. Addison Cochran finished seventh in the 3200-meter for the Dragons.

Riverside Military’s Chris Howard brought home a pair of top-10 finishes as he took sixth in the triple jump and seventh in the shot put. Fellow Eagle Marcus Gouthro was fifth in the Class AA 3200-meter run.

CLASS A: Commerce’s Nahum Mendoza took fourth in both the 1600- and 3200-meter runs in Class A. Jose Rodriguez finished second in the 800-meter for the Tigers. Jamir Walton was seventh in the triple jump, and teammates Adrian Vaquera and Qua Colbert finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the shot put.

CLASS AAA: In the 100-meter dash, Buford’s Gantt finished fifth. White County’s Caleb Stephenson took fifth in the 400-meter, and Buford’s Anderson was eighth. Justin McCray finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles for the Wolves, and East Hall’s Dmitry Hunter took eighth.

McCray also finished third in the 300-meter hurdles.

North Hall duo Zack Hill and Quintin Miles went three and four in the 3200-meter run, and Dawson County’s Dylan Forrester was seventh. Trojan Bryce Schuebert was eighth in the 1600 meter run. In the 1600-meter relay, White County’s Stephenson, Will Gearing, Coley Loudermilk and Maurice Sutton finished fourth.

In field events, David Curry of Buford took second in pole vault, and Gil Hoffman of North Hall was seventh. White County’s Sutton took fifth individually in the long jump. West Hall’s Hunter Atkinson finished in third place in the shot put, and Trojans Destin Bennett and Dylan Truelove took sixth and eighth, respectively.

Bennett led local athletes in the discus with a second-place finish, Dalton Whitfield of White County was third, Drew Bryant of North Hall was fifth, and Buford’s Dequavious Picou took seventh.

CLASS AAAA: Johnson’s Juan Soto finished fourth in the Class AAAA pole vault. Teammate Isaiah Campbell was seventh in the event.

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