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STATE TRACK NOTES: GAC's Slayton defends track state titles

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Greater Atlanta Christian's Stephanie Reynolds, left, Kennedy Street, center, and Courtny Fair sport their new medals and championship shirts after the competition of the Track and Field State Championship meet at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany Saturday.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Greater Atlanta Christian's Stephanie Reynolds, left, Kennedy Street, center, and Courtny Fair sport their new medals and championship shirts after the competition of the Track and Field State Championship meet at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany Saturday.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Greater Atlanta Christian's Kayin Mujahid, left, offers a helping hand to Monticello's Alkeili Ross after the completion of the Class AA 400 meter dash during the Track and Field State Championship meet at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany Saturday.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Wesleyan's Brittany Stevens, right, and teammate Kylie Reed, left, embrace after finishing the Class AA girls 800 meter run during the girls Track and Field State Championship meet at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany Saturday. Stevens placed third in a time of 2:24.84 and Reed placed fifth in a time of 2:29.33.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Peachtree Ridge's Kendra Purifoye, center, leaps over a hurdle while competing in the Class AAAAAA 100 meter hurdles during the girls Track and Field State Championship meet at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany Saturday. Purifoy placed sixth with a time of 14.98.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Greater Atlanta Christian's Maileka Slayton finishes first during the Class AA 100 meter dash in a time of 11.99 in the girls Track and Field State Championship meet at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany Saturday. Washington-Wilke's D'Meka Davis, right, placed fifth and Brooks County's Yasmine Reynolds placed third.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Berkmar's Elexis Guster, center, places second in the Class AAAAAA girls 300 meter hurdles with a time of 42.83 in the girls Track and Field State Championship meet at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany Saturday. Wheeler's Natisha Dixon, left, placed first in a time of 42.78 and Roswell's Amber Lewis, right, placed forth in a time of 43.75.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Girls from Wesleyan's track and field team gather on the awards stand after placing as the third over all team in Class AA in the Track and Field State Championship meet at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany Saturday.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Berkmar's Elexis Guster reacts after placing second in the Class AAAAAA girls 300 meter hurdles with a time of 42.83 in the girls Track and Field State Championship meet at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany Saturday. Guster was seeded first with a time of 41.80.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Greater Atlanta Christian's Stephanie Reynolds competes in the Class AA 100 meter hurdles beside Monticello's Tierra Whitlock during the Track and Field State Championship meet at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany Saturday. Reynolds placed fifth with a time of 15.89 Whitlock placed sixth in a time of 16.17.

ALBANY -- Maileka Slayton will go down as one of the most decorated runners in Greater Atlanta Christian's track and field history.

The senior won three titles on Saturday at the girls track and field state championships at Hugh Mills Stadium.

The trio of titles will go along with the four Slayton won as a junior, including two state records.

"She's one of the best in GAC history and is one of the best in AA history," Greater Atlanta Christian coach Brad Kinser said. "She came out here and took care of business."

Slayton won the state championship in the 100-and 200-meter runs and was a member of the champion 1,600 relay team. It was a repeat of last season when she won all of the same events and the 400 relay.

"It feels good to come back and defend my championships," Slayton said.

Slayton's championships helped the Spartans finish runner-up in the team standings with 70 points. They were edged out by Westminster's 72 points. Wesleyan was third with 55 points and Lovett was fourth with 49 points.

All four schools compete in Region 6-AA, which GAC placed third in last month.

"It really speaks to our region. It's four really good teams with great coaching staffs," Kinser said. "For us to battle back and take second at state is good."

GAC was the defending state champion and the difference in repeating was the disqualification of the 400 relay team during Thursday's preliminaries. The team was the defending state champs in the event and its disqualification for handing the baton too soon from the second to third leg kept it from advancing to the finals.

"That was the one blip of the weekend, but I'm proud of the way we battled back," Kinser said.

A big part of GAC's comeback was Slayton. The Kennesaw State signee set a school record in the 100 with a time of 11.99 seconds to win the 100. She added her second title of the day in the 200 with a time of 24.58.

"Her brother (Darius) won the 100 and 200. It's been a good two weeks for the Slayton family," Kinser said. "I think she watched her brother in Jefferson and she wanted to get her titles."

Slayton was able to add a third title by helping GAC win the 1,600 relay with a time of 4 minutes, 00.08 seconds.

"It means a lot. It's my senior year. I want to get all I can," Slayton said.

GAC also got team points from Stephanie Reynolds, who was fifth in the hurdles. Courtny Fair was fourth in the 300 hurdles and Kayin Mujahid was fourth in the 400. Mujahid won the discus state title on Thursday and took second in the high jump. Fair was also fourth in the triple jump and Reynolds took third in the high jump.

"We had so many PRs across the board. We really stepped up," Kinser said. "I'm super proud to take that trophy home."

Wesleyan third in AA

For the sixth straight year, Wesleyan finished in the top four at the state meet. The Wolves were third after finishing as state runner-up the previous year.

The Wolves scored 55 points to finish behind Westminster (72) and Greater Atlanta Christian (70).

Wesleyan's runner-up finish in the 1,600-meter relay secured the third-place trophy. The group had a time of 4 minutes, 4.11 seconds.

The Wolves also picked up points from Brittany Stevens' third-place finish in the 800 with a time of 2:25.33. Stevens placed seventh in the 400 as well. Kylie Reed was fifth in the 800 with a time of 2:27.96.

Berkmar's Guster runner-up twice

Berkmar's Elexis Guster put her hands on her face as she was overcome with emotion after the 300 hurdles race.

The senior was the No. 1 ranked athlete in the event and finished second behind Wheeler's Natisha Dixon.

Dixon had a time of 42.78 and Guster ran 42.83 to get edged out for the state title.

It was the second runner-up finish of the day for Guster, who also took second in the 100-meter run with a time of 11.92 seconds.

The lone consolation prize for Guster was her award for the top performance in the 300 hurdles. Her time of 41.80 seconds in the qualifying race on Friday was the best of the entire meet in all classifications.