TRACK AND FIELD
What: State sectional
When: Today, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Class AAAAAA, Mill Creek
Class AA, Greater Atlanta Christian
Gwinnett County track and field athletes had to travel more than three hours for the state sectional last year.
The region qualifiers will have a much easier travel today. The Class AAAAAA Sectional B will be hosted by Mill Creek, while Greater Atlanta Christian is hosting the Class AA Sectional.
"It's pretty nice," Mill Creek boys track coach Rik Moore said of the travel. "It was good in Tifton, but it's nice to have it at home."
Mill Creek is no stranger to hosting big meets. The Hoschton school is the site of the Gwinnett County Championship, Region 7-AAAAAA championship and the Jerry Arnold Challenge, which featured 36 teams.
The state sectional is a non-scoring meet and the top eight athletes will advance to the state meet. The boys state meet is May 2-4 in Jefferson and the girls state meet is May 9-11 in Albany.
The state sectional at Mill Creek will feature some of the state's top athletes from Gwinnett County. The Hawks' Malayshia George is ranked No. 1 in the 200- and 400-meter runs and high jump in Class AAAAAA. Berkmar's Elexis Guster has the top time in the 300 hurdles. Norcross' Casidy Callahan has the top throw in the discus.
In the boys meet, Mill Creek's Michael Cheeks (400) and Tyler Woodrome (1,600) are ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAAA. North Gwinnett's Andres Littig has the top time in the 800. Defending state champion Josh Brickell is No. 1 in the 3,200.
GAC is the defending girls Class AA state champion and the Spartans will try to qualify enough athletes this weekend to give them a shot to repeat. The girls team is led by defending state champion Maileka Slayton, who will compete in the 100, 200, 400 relay and 1,600 relay.
"The boys and girls teams finished third at region," GAC coach Brad Kinser said. "They are both two of the strongest teams in AA. We're expecting to get as many people to Albany and Jefferson."