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Wesleyan beats GAC for the first time
Wolves finish second at Region 6-AA meet

NORCROSS - Lovett had already locked up the Region 6-AA girls track and field championship, but the final event still packed plenty of suspense Wednesday.

Wesleyan had never finished ahead of Greater Atlanta Christian in a region meet. Now the Wolves have.

Wesleyan finished third - just ahead of GAC - in the 1,600-meter relay and held off the rival Spartans for second place. Lovett finished first with 123 points, followed by Wesleyan with 96 and GAC with 92.

"We're proud to get the second-place trophy," Wesleyan coach Candler Baxley said. "To finish ahead of a team like GAC is a very good feeling."

Chantel Kennedy had used a strong closing kick to win the 400 and was hoping that the 1,600 relay team would also qualify for the state championships.

"Not making it is disappointing," said Kennedy, who couldn't catch Decatur or Lovett on the anchor leg. "I thought we could do it."

But by holding on to third, she assured Wesleyan of second place ahead of GAC in the meet.

"We're rivals at everything," said Kennedy, also a member of Wesleyan's state championship basketball team. "It's good to beat GAC in anything and we'd never finished ahead of them (in track and field)."

Kennedy, a junior, overtook two runners down the stretch to win the 400 with a time of 58.94. She finished second in the event at the state meet last season.

"I also try to have a good kick for the last 100," she said.

Wesleyan won four events in the two-day meet at GAC, also taking the 400 relay on Wednesday.

GAC, which had a streak of five consecutive region championships broken last year, added two first-place finishes to its three on the first day. But the Spartans - first-day leaders - couldn't hold off Lovett or Wesleyan.

GAC sophomore Claire Goodson followed her victory in the pole vault by taking the 300 hurdles on Wednesday and freshman Lauren Kester bounced back from a heart-breaking third-place finish in the 1,600 on Tuesday to easily win the 3,200.

The Spartans were hoping for a second first-place finish from sophomore Jessica Tuggle, but it didn't happen. The long jump winner hit the third hurdle in the 100 hurdles, lost her stride and finished second behind Decatur's Asi Asyanmah.

The top two finishers in each event qualified for the state meet in Albany next week.

Buford finished fifth in the 12-team region with 30 points. Decatur was far ahead in fourth with 87.

SideBar: 6-AA Girls Track

Region 6-AA track and field

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Wednesday's results

At Greater Atlanta Christian

Team Scores

1. Lovett 123

2. Wesleyan 96

3. GAC 92

4. Decatur 87

5. Buford 30

6. Pace 20

7. Holy Innocents' 16

8. Avondale 12

9. Paideia 10

10. Creekview 7

11. Cross Keys 2

12. Walker 1

400 relay

1. Wesleyan, 49:82; 2. Decatur, 49:84; 3. Lovett, 50:54; 4. GAC, 50.84; 5. Avondale, 51:41; 6. Buford, 51:62.

400

1. Chantel Kennedy, Wesleyan, 58.94; 2. Winshanai Gandy, Lovett, 59.32; 3. Keila Brown, Pace, 59.68; 4. Rosie Parker, Decatur, 1:01.74; 5. Alysha Rudnik, Buford, 1:02.43; 6. Maria Petroni, Buford, 1:02.71.

100

1. Khaliah Mason, Paideia, 12.77; 2. Janae Thomas, Avondale, 12.96; 3. Chloe Johnson, Lovett, 12.97; 4. Chanee Carson, Buford, 13:02; 5. Whitney Warren, Wesleyan, 13:26; 6. Malja Swann, Decatur, 13.27.

100 hurdles

1. Asi Asyamah, Decatur, 16:14; 2. Jessica Tuggle, GAC, 16.21; 3. Daly Hite, Lovett, 16.64; 4. Erin Hall, Wesleyan, 17.36; 5. Derrica Burke, Cross Keys, 18.66; 6. Elizabeth Underwood, Walker, 18.67.

800

1. Kristianna Small-Towns, Decatur, 2:25.52; 2. Aubrey Clayton, Lovett, 2:27.62; 3. Kiersten White, Wesleyan, 2:28.25; 4. Camille Dishongh, Pace, 2:33.66; 5. Ellie Boydston, Lovett, 2:36.15; 6. Kayley Gross, Wesleyan, 2:38.40.

200

1. Winshanai Gandy, Lovett, 25.84; 2. Malja Swann, Decatur, 26:31; 3. Chloe Johnson, Lovett, 26.47; 4. Laura Claire, Decatur, 27.11; 5. Megan Green, Wesleyan, 27.44; 6. Chanee Carson, Buford, 27.81.

300 hurdles

1. Claire Goodson, GAC, 47.9; 2. Daly Hite, Lovett, 48.73; 3. Asi Asyamah, Decatur, 49.76; 4. Grace Leah Baughn, 50.90; 5. Caroline Millar, Wesleyan, 51.33; 6. Katie Stephens, 51.75.

3,200

1. Lauren Kester, GAC, 11:41; 2. Erika Ramsey, Wesleyan, 12:09; 3. Ali McWhirter, Holy Innocents', 12:19; 4. Elizabeth Rucker, Lovett, 12:25; 5. Sophia Artusa, GAC, 12:26; 6 Jill Millkey, Pace, 12:42.

1,600 relay

1. Decatur, 4:04.62; 2. Lovett A, 4:05.66; 3. Wesleyan 4:10.68; 4. GAC, 4:13.82; 5. Buford, 4:15.42. 6. Lovett B, 4:15.78.