Five Henry County track and field athletes combined to win six individual state championships over the weekend at the state meets.
Eagle’s Landing Christian sophomore D.J. Chester accounted for two titles by himself, sweeping the Class A Private throwing events in the competition at McEachern. The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder, a linemen on the Chargers’ powerhouse football team, won the discus at 146 feet, 6 inches and took the shot put title with a throw of 47-3 1/4.
At the Class AAAAA meet in Carrollton, Henry produced three state champions, including double state placers Jasmine Gryne of Woodland and Gabby Parsons of Union Grove. They were joined by Woodland’s Freddie Hawkins, who won the boys state title in the high jump at 6-4 in his final high school meet.
Gryne took first in the 300-meter hurdles in 42.14 seconds, and the senior added a state runner-up finish in the 400 with a time fo 55.09. Parsons was the 800 state champion in 2:13.89, and the junior also was sixth in the 1,600 in 5:08.47.
The county’s other state champion came from the AAAA meet in Albany, where E’Mya Munford of Hampton won the girls shot put at 39-10. Her performance helped her team to 16th place.
Dutchtown’s boys led the way in the team standings at eighth in AAAAA, while Ola finished in 18th. In AAAAA girls, Stockbridge was 11th, Union Grove was 12th and Eagle’s Landing was 16th.
Garrison Madden was the Dutchtown boys’ top performer with a third-place effort in the 100 (10.85) and a sixth-place finish in the 200 (22.43). Teammates Khalid Carmer (third, 400, 49.55) and Malik Smith (fourth, 110 hurdles, 14.92) also scored individually, while the Bulldogs’ 400 relay was second (42.26) and their 1,600 relay was eighth (3:25.87). The Dutchtown girls got a fifth-place finish from Ansley Guy in the 200 (24.92).
The Stockbridge girls also excelled in AAAAA, in large part because of Jae’l Dunn in the throws. Dunn was third in the shot put at 39-11 and fourth in the discus at 123-8. Teammates Kirah Copeland (eighth, 200, 25.41) and
Jashya Burgess (eighth, 400, 1:01.59) placed individually, and the 1,600 relay claimed third in 3:59.19.
Anthony Parker Jr. led the Ola boys with a tie for second place in the high jump at 6-2, and a fifth-place showing the triple jump at 43-9 3/4.
Union Grove’s Christine Chambers placed in the 300 hurdles (sixth, 46.85) and in the triple jump (eighth, 34-11 1/4), and the Wolverines’ 3,200 relay was fifth in 9:48.32. The Union Grove boys’ Quentin Peterson took fourth in the shot put at 52-3.
The Eagle’s Landing girls’ 400 relay was third in 48.66 and the Woodland girls’ 400 relay was sixth in 49.25. Eagle’s Landing’s Mary Rozier was state runner-up in the long jump at 17-9 1/2.
It also was a nice meet for the Eagle’s Landing boys, who took fifth in the 400 relay (42.61) and sixth in the 1,600 relay (3:23.01). Individually, Joshua Thomas was seventh in the 110 hurdles (15.28) and Jonathan Meadows was eighth in the 100 (11.12).
Locust Grove’s 3,200 relay was sixth in 8:17.75, and Paul Blouin took seventh in the high jump at 6-2.
in the AAAA meet in Albany, Luella’s girls team place 15th behind an eighth-place 1,600 relay (4:14.82) and an eighth-place finish in the 400 from Taylor Thomas, whose time was 1:01.26. Davonte Jackson of Luella excelled in the boys competition with a state runner-up finish in the triple jump (44-11 1/2) and a third-place showing in the 300 hurdles (40.09)
McDonough had two individual placers in Albany — Richard Baugh (fifth, high jump, 6-2) and Esa Short (fifth, long jump, 20-11 1/2).
In the A Private meet at McEachern, the ELCA boys and Strong Rock Christian girls each finished ninth in the team standings.
ELCA got a chunk of points from Chester’s wins in the throws, and it also picked up a third-place performance from Brandon Hood in the 100 (10.93) and a fourth-place effort from Jacque Holley in the 200 (22.37). The ELCA girls’ 400 relay was fourth in 50.23.
Strong Rock’s girls placers were Joy Johnson (fourth, long jump, 16-8 1/4), Knyla Knight (fourth, long jump, 5-0), Emma Garmon (sixth, shot put, 33-3 1/4) and Saralyn Green (eighth, shot put, 32-7 1/2). The Patriots’ boys team was led by Noah Kilgore, who was fourth in the 3,200 (9:36.53) and eighth in the 1,600 (4:28.38). Its 3,200 relay was eighth in 8:34.51.