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Norcross' Callahan wins discus state title

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Norcross' Casidy Callahan launches the discus during the Class AAAAAA discus event in the girls Track and Field State Championships at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany Friday. Callahan placed first with a throw of 145-01.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Norcross' Casidy Callahan launches the discus during the Class AAAAAA discus event in the girls Track and Field State Championships at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany Friday. Callahan placed first with a throw of 145-01.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Norcross' Casidy Callahan gives a thumbs up after her first place finish in the Class AAAAAA discus event in the girls Track and Field State Championships at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany Friday. Callahan placed first with a throw of 145-01, Marietta's Jenessa Jackson placed second and Centennial's Sarah Mitchell placed third.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Norcross' Casidy Callahan is congratulated by head coach Dale Farr after she placed first in the Class AAAAAA discus event in the girls Track and Field State Championships at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany Friday.

ALBANY -- After the final throw of the Class AAAAAA discus, Norcross' Casidy Callahan turned to her coaches to flex to her biceps and smiled.

"That's a running joke with me and Coach (Vonn) Ross," Callahan said. "I just do it because she does it."

Callahan may have been joking around, but she looked strong at the girls track and field state championship on Friday at Hugh Mills Stadium.

Callahan won the discus state title with a throw of 145 feet, 1 inch and placed fifth in the shot put with a toss of 42-2.

"We felt like she was a frontrunnert for the discus," Norcross coach Dale Farr said. "We knew the shot put would be a dog fight."

Callahan is Norcross' first state champion since Tiffany Clarke won the triple jump title in 2008.

"It feels good," Callahan said of the title. "I knew there would be tough competition, but I would have a shot."

Callahan's title helped put Norcross in second place in the team standings with 23 points. Marietta was in first with 31 points.

Callahan finished fourth at state last year and came into this year's state meet as the No. 1 seed in the discus. Her throw of 145-1 was just below her PR of 145-7.5.

It didn't look good for Callahan at the start of the meet.

During the qualifying round, she threw the discus out of sector on her first attempt and fouled her second attempt.

"With the discus, it's so technical," Farr said. "It shows how much of a competitor she is because on the third throw she made it to reach the finals and won it."

The Wake Forest signee reached the finals with a solid throw of 124-4 on her third attempt.

"That was close," Callahan said.

Then on her first attempt in the finals she had her toss of 145-1. It was good enough to hold off Marietta's Jenessa Jackson's throw of 139-11 on the final attempt.

"She's a great young lady and has worked so hard," Farr said.

Berkmar's Queen Briggs was fourth (119-10) and Archer's Alliyah Williams was sixth (117-6) in the discus.