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GAC repeats as region champs

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

ATLANTA -- Greater Atlanta Christian didn't have a single runner qualify for the state meet during Monday's Region 6-AA track and field championships, but the Spartans still managed to win the region title.

The Spartans were one spot behind Blessed Trinity in the final event, the 1,600-relay, to win their second region crown in a row. GAC finished with 103 points to beat out Blessed Trinity's 100 points at Westminster.

"It was really a team effort," GAC coach Brad Kinser said. "We didn't have anyone that was first or second. Our four, five and six kept adding up."

GAC had a four-point lead going in the final race and needed to stay within one or two spots of the Titans to claim the title. Blessed Trinity was sixth and GAC was seventh.

"The thing that's so gratifying is that we won this region," Kinser said. "This region is the toughest in Class AA."

Buford's Maya Dillard took second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 22.84 to qualify for state.

Wesleyan leads region meet

FAIRBURN -- Holli Wilkins qualified for state in two events to lead Wesleyan to a first-day lead at the Region 5-A championship.

The Wolves have 52 points and are ahead of First Presbyterian Day's 46 points at Landmark Christian.

"It's going to be a real tight race (today)," Wesleyan coach Candler Baxley said. "It may come to that last race in the end."

Wilkins won the shot put with a throw of 39 feet, 13/4 inches. She was second in the discus, setting a school record of 112-11.

Erika Ramsey was second in the 1,600-meter run, setting a school-record time of 5 minutes, 11.85 seconds. The two top in each event qualify for the state meet in Albany next week.