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GAC's Mujahid rises to state champion

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Greater Atlanta Christian's Kayin Mujahid launches the discus for a first place finish with a throw 113-01 of during the Class AA discus event in the girls Track and Field State Championships at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany Thursday.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Greater Atlanta Christian's Kayin Mujahid launches the discus for a first place finish with a throw 113-01 of during the Class AA discus event in the girls Track and Field State Championships at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany Thursday.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Greater Atlanta Christian's throwing coach Hayden Lane celebrates the first place finish of Kayin Mujahid after the completion of the discus event at the Track and Field State Championships at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany Thursday.

ALBANY -- Ever since Kayin Mujahid was a freshman, she has bugged her coach to let her throw the discus.

When Greater Atlanta Christian needed a thrower earlier this season, head coach Brad Kinser obliged.

"We didn't have a discus thrower," Kinser said. "She said let me do it. She goes and chunks it and we said you're going to be our discus thrower. She's strong, a great athlete and a great kid."

It turned out to be a good move by Kinser. Mujahid won the Class AA state championship on Thursday at Hugh Mills Stadium. The senior had a throw of 113 feet, 1 inch to claim the title.

"I've wanted to do discus since my freshman year," Mujahid said. "I worked hard and got it."

Mujahid's title helped put defending state champion GAC in a second place tie in the Class AA team standings with 26 points. Wesleyan was first with 27 points and Westminster was tied with GAC with 26 points.

"We've had a good day," Kinser said. "The people have really stepped up. I think just about all of them have stepped up."

During her four years at GAC, Mujahid has competed in the long jump, triple jump, high jump, discus, 100, 200, 400 and both relays.

"She's just a great athlete," Kinser said.

She was a member of GAC's record-setting relay teams last year. In the individual events, her best finish was third in the 400.

The senior began the day by taking second in the high jump. She had to clear 5 feet, 4 inches to stay in the competition and she lost on attempts to Jeff Davis' Shakedra Robinson. GAC's Stephanie Reynolds placed sixth.

"Her third jump she had to clear 5-4 to stay in it. She's a huge competitor," Kinser said.

The mark of 5-4 was the second-best of her career and it came at a good time.

"That was rough. My shins were hurting. I wanted to make it and gave it my all," Mujahid said.

Mujahid has come on strong late in the season in the discus throw. Three of her last four meets she's thrown more than 100 feet. She had a PR of 110-7 at the state sectional.

"She had a huge PR at the sectional, so she's come on late in the year," Kinser said. "To be the best in AA is special."

Mujahid set a new personal record in the discus with a throw of 113-1, which she launched on her third toss of the prelims. The mark stood to give her the title.

"To be honest, I was a little nervous," Muhahid said. "My coach tells me just have fun and I did."

GAC's Courtny Fair placed fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 36-0.