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Girls Track Athlete of the Year: Buford's Razey begins and ends senior year with state titles
Buford High’s track standout Ashley Razey is The Times Girls Track Athlete of the Year. - photo by Tom Reed


Listen to Buford's Ashley Razey talk about what it was like to win three state titles in one year.

Ashley Razey couldn’t have asked for a more successful senior year at Buford High.

It all started in November when she led the Lady Wolves to their first state title in softball and it culminated with not one, but two state championships May 4 at the Class AA state track and field meet in Albany.

Her athletic prowess on the softball field led to her being named The Times Softball Player of the Year, and now, after winning state titles in the shot put and discus, Razey has been named The Times Girls Track Athlete of the Year.

"It’s been an amazing experience and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to top it," said Razey, who has signed to play softball at Southern Miss.

"Her accomplishments are never ending," Buford track coach Drew Anthony said. "Ashley is incredibly competitive and incredibly clutch."

That was especially true during her senior year when Razey became the first female athlete in Buford history to win state titles in two different sports in one year. That accomplishment led Buford athletic director Dexter Wood to say that Razey "will go down as the best female athlete in Buford High School history."

While winning all three championships was a pre-senior year goal, actually achieving that goal came as something of a surprise.

"I was pretty much an underdog in both," Razey said, referring to favorites Greater Atlanta Christian in softball, and Lovett’s Allison Horner in track and field.

A standout softball player for most of her life, Razey picked up the shot put while in middle school and immediately knew she could do well in the event. But it wasn’t until she transferred from Central Gwinnett High to Buford that she would have success in meets.

In her junior year she failed to qualify for state in discus, but was state runner-up in the shot put.

This year was different.

After working with Dave Machovec, whose daughter Eve won state titles in shot put and discus in 2007, Razey was the Region 6-AA runner-up in the shot put, and recorded a school-record throw of 114 feet, 10 1/2 inches in the discus to qualify for state in both events. The previous Buford record for discus throw by a female athlete was 110 feet, by Brenda King.

"I had never thrown that far in discus," Razey said. "It was kind of weird."

Despite a strong showing in the region meet, Razey entered the state meet not knowing what to expect, so she turned to her mother Kelly for some advice.

"My mom told me, ‘You’re a senior and this will probably be the last time you ever throw a shot put in your life, so go out there and give it your all and see how far you can get it,’" Razey said.

With those words playing in the back of her mind, Razey stepped into the shot put circle and threw a personal best 40-5 1/2, good enough for a state championship. Five hours later, she followed that with a discus throw of 113-2, and another state title.

"I always thought track and field was something fun to do," she said. "Winning state was a plus."

The recently graduated senior from Buford has no plans on competing in track and field when she heads to college next year, but after how much success she had during her final year of high school, anything is possible.

"(Track and field) never really sparked an interest in doing it in college," Razey admitted. "But after winning this year and seeing how good that I could be, I was like, maybe I could do this in college.

"We’ll have to see how it works out."

With the way her senior year went, it could work out to a national championship.