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High school track and field: Buford girls claim Class 5A state title
North Hall boys, girls teams earn top-five finishes at Class 3A meet
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The Buford girls track and field team won first place on the final day of the Class 5A state meet Saturday at Grisham Stadium in Carrollton.

Five first-place finishes helped the Lady Wolves rack up 100 points, well ahead of second-place Fayette County (55 points).
Buford got the day started with the team of Kimberly Harris, Erin Marsh, Alexa Rossum and Avian Rossum taking silver in the 400-meter relay with a time of 46.26 seconds. Those competitors found the podium again as the day went on.

Harris clocked in at 53.80 seconds to earn gold in the 400-meter dash, while teammate Britiney Johnson finished fourth in the race (56.44). Harris later came in second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.52 seconds, finishing behind gold-medalist Alexa Rossum (24.03).

Alexa Rossum captured another first-place finish with a time of 11.72 in the 100-meter dash.

Marsh, meanwhile, picked up a gold medal in the 300-meter hurdles (42.48) and a bronze for her showing in the 100-meter hurdles (14.23).

Fittingly, the Lady Wolves closed the day on top. The team of Harris, Johnson, Marsh and Alexa Rossum placed first in the 1600-meter relay with a time of 3:47.25.

The Buford boys team of Josh Blackwell, Anthony Grant, Jammal Singleton and Kevonte Polk finished fifth in the 400-meter relay (42.26), while Blackwell placed third in the 100-meter dash (10.90).

North Hall’s boys and girls teams both claimed top-five finishes at the Class 3A state meet Saturday at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany.

Gracie McBride aided in the Lady Trojans’ fourth-place standing, winning bronze in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.11 seconds. North Hall’s Olivia Bradley also gave a huge contribution by completing the 400-meter dash in 58.92 seconds, good for fourth place.

Tommy Johnston earned silver for the Trojans in the 800-meter run (1:56.96.) He finished ahead of Dawson County’s Jacob Poston, who took bronze with a time of 1:57.19.

The North Hall boys, which finished tied for fifth with Albany-Monroe, also benefitted from Cutter Sanford’s sixth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles (41.21).

At the Class A Private meet, Riverside Military took sixth place with 34.50 points Saturday at Valhalla Stadium in Rome.

The team of Demaldi Lasisi, Antonio Copeland, Charles Dimnwaobi and Isaac Teasley earned silver in the 1600-meter relay (3:24.61). The Eagles had two competitors place in the 400-meter dash: Teasley in fourth (51.45) and Lasisi in seventh (52.20).

Dimnwaobi added a bronze medals in the 100-meter dash (10.86) and 200-meter dash (21.89).

George Lira represented the West Hall boys well in the Class 4A state meet, which was also held in Rome. He was fourth in the 200-meter dash (22.32) and eighth in the 100-meter dash (11.16).

Megan Dew medaled for the Class 4A Chestatee girls, earning second place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.44 seconds.

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