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Preview of the GHSA Girls State Championships, this weekend in Albany

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The state’s best female high school athletes will be in Albany this weekend for the 46th edition of the Georgia High School Association Girls Track and Field Championships.  Here’s a quick preview.

The skinny:  McEachern will try to dethrone 2013 champ Westlake.
Others in the hunt:  Archer, Brookwood and Rockdale County.
Athletes to watch:  Candace Hill, Fr., Rockdale County; Cierra Dunston, Sr., McEachern; Kayla Stinson, Jr., Westlake.

The skinny:  New Manchester in Douglas County is just three years old, but the Jaguars already have built one of the state’s best programs.
Others in the hunt:  Forest Park, Miller Grove, Northside-Warner Robins and Pope.
Athletes to watch:  Lauren Epps, Fr., Forest Park; Tiffany Flynn, Sr., Miller Grove; Cassondra Hall, So., Northside-Warner Robins.

Class AAAA
The skinny:  Marist will look to defend its 2013 title but Monroe-Albany, winners of four straight AAA championships (2009-2012), will provide a stiff challenge.
Others in the hunt:  Fayette County and Redan.
Athletes to watch:  Chinyere Njoku, Jr., Fayette County; Akeria Boozer, Sr., Cedartown; Jahari Williams, So., Monroe-Albany.

Class AAA
The skinny:  St. Pius, Blessed Trinity and Maynard Jackson look to be the favorites in a crowded field of title contenders.
Others in the hunt:  Buford, Franklin County and North Oconee.
Athletes to watch:  Erica Evans, So., Woodward Academy; Courtney Jones, Fr., Maynard Jackson; Mary Terry, Jr., North Oconee.

Class AA
The skinny:  Bleckley County has a good chance to win its first team title since 2007.
Others in the hunt:  Jeff Davis, Monticello and Thomasville.
Athletes to watch:  Taylor DeLoach, So., St. Vincent’s Academy; Courtney Fair, Sr., Greater Atlanta Christian; Mahogony Walter, Fr., Thomasville.

Class A (Public)
The skinny:  Defending champion Marion County will be hard to beat, but Gordon Lee will push the Eagles to be at their best.
Others in the hunt:  Commerce, Mitchell County, Mt. Zion-Caroll and Portal.
Athletes to watch:  Kaitlyn Lee, Sr., Gordon Lee; Corrssia Perry, Sr., Mt. Zion-Carroll.

Class A (Private)
The skinny:  Our Lady of Mercy has a shot to defend its 2013 title, but region rival Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy and Athens Christian, which won three consecutive titles from 2010-2012, are the favorites.
Others in the hunt:  Holy Innocents, Darlington and Athens Academy.
Athletes to watch:  T’Aja Cameron, Fr., ELCA; Julia Harisay, Fr., Athens Academy; Anna Machovec, Sr., Prince Avenue Christian.


WHAT:  2014 Georgia High Schools Association Girls State Track and Field Championships

WHEN:  May 1-3, 2014
               Thursday: (9:30 a.m.) Qualifying and Finals for all Field Events for Classes AA, AAA and 
               AAAA; (4 p.m.) 1,600 meter finals for Classes AAAAA and AAAAAA, 3,200 meter finals 
               for Classes A, AA, AAA and AAAA; Running Event Prelims for Classes AA, AAA, and 

               Friday:  (9:30 a.m.) Qualifying and Finals for all Field Events for Classes A, AAAAA and 
               AAAAAA; (4 p.m.) 1,600 meter finals for Classes A, AA, AAA and AAAA; 3,200 meter 
               finals for Classes AAAAA and AAAAAA; Running Event Prelims for Classes AAAAA and 
               AAAAAA (Class A Prelims were run at last week’s Sectionals).  
               Saturday:  (11:15 a.m.) Opening Ceremonies; (Noon) Running Event Finals for all 

WHERE:  Hugh Mills Stadium, 601 North Van Buren Street, Albany.

COST:  $7/Day


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