Track and Field Blog: Girls ranked in the nation’s Top 50

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

While California, Florida and Texas get a lot of credit for producing outstanding track athletes, Georgia puts out nearly as many. Here is a list of the state’s girls competing in the Georgia High Schools Association, who currently rank in the Top 50 nationally in the events that are scored at the state championship meet. (Look for the boys list next week.)

100 meters: No. 10 Jasmine Abrams, Grayson, Sr., 11.93

100 meter hurdles: No. 2 Kendell Williams, Kell, Jr., 13.86; No. 4 Monti Willis, Campbell, Sr., 14.29; No. 8 India Hammond, Redan, Sr., 14.36; No. 11 Shanel Burr, North Cobb, So., 14.40; No. 12 Amber Bryant-Brock, McEachern, Sr., 14.43; No. 25 Amber Lewis, Roswell, So., 14.71; No. 34 Kamilah Bakari, Norcross, Sr., 14.83; No. 35 Tatiana Rayford, Marietta, Fr., 14.83; No. 39 Sydney Griffin, Walton, Sr., 14.87; No. 49 Donjahae Jones, Valdosta, Sr., 14.95

200: No. 10 Abrams, Grayson, Sr., 24.60; No. 17 Shunika Jarrells, Southwest DeKalb, Sr., 24.74; No. 19 Sonikqua Walters, Peachtree Ridge, Sr., 24.84; No. 20 Javianne Oliver, Monroe Area, Jr., 24.85; No. 22 Jacqueline Obi, Grayson, Sr., 24.93; No. 23 Aliyah Abrams, Grayson, 24.94; No. 24 Charlotte Williams, Southwest DeKalb, Sr., 24.94; No. 37 Airica Palmer, Greater Atlanta Christian, Fr., 25.08; No. 42 Malayshia George, Mill Creek, Jr., 25.13; No. 46 Brittany Arnold, Greater Atlanta Christian, Sr., 25.18; No. 50 Simone Glenn, Brookwood, So., 25.23

300 hurdles: No. 2 Willis, Campbell, Sr., 42.92; No. 6 Bryant-Brock, McEachern, Sr., 43.52; No. 8 Autumn Burnette, Peachtree Ridge, Sr., 43.75; No. 11 Natisha Dixon, Wheeler, So. 43.96; No. 21 Elexis Guster, Berkmar, Jr., 44.67; No. 22 Jones, Valdosta, Sr., 44.73; No. 24 Shanel Burr, North Cobb, So., 44.74; No. 26 Kourtney Keller, Hillgrove, Jr., 44.97; No. 27 Lewis, Roswell, So., 44.98; No. 42 Hammond, Redan, 45.47

400: No. 4 Walters, Peachtree Ridge, Sr., 55.20; No. 7 Guster, Berkmar, Jr., 56.36; No. 11 Kelli Hardnett, Campbell, Sr., 56.76; No. 15 Sadia Yansaneh, Dunwoody, Sr., 57.14; No. 22 Crystal Gray, Redan, Jr. 57.32; No. 28 Abrams, Grayson, Grayson, 57.51; No. 30 Alayna Famble, Heritage, Sr., 57.62; No. 32 Maddie Felts, Galloway, Jr., 57.72; No. 35 Bailey Willett, Blessed Trinity, So., 57.86; No. 36, Nikki Shields, Richmond Hill, 57.95; No. 41 Dallas Worthy, Eastside, Jr., 57.99; No. 47 Cierra Dunston, McEachern, So., 58.10; No. 50 Malayshia George, Mill Creek, Jr., 58.20

800: No. 27 Greciana Cooper, Southwest DeKalb, Sr., 2:19.06; No. 43 Alex Cameron, Dunwoody, So., 2:19.93; No. 44 Natalie Bordes, Alpharetta, Jr., 2:19.99; No. 47 Sahara Fletcher, Westminster, Jr., 2:20.12

1,600: No. 24 Fletcher, Westminster, Jr., 5:06.46; No. 35 Cameron, Dunwoody, So., 5:09.97

3,200: No. 39 Marcie Merriman, Lassiter, Jr., 11:08.95

High Jump: No. 1 Williams, Kell, Jr., 6-feet-0; No. 15 George, Mill Creek, Jr., 5-6; No. 22 Jaelyn Rice, Wheeler, So., 5-5; No. 27 Monesha Womble, Carver-Atlanta, Jr., 5-5; No. 28 Bailey Weiland, Marist, So., 5-4; No. 36 Rachel Doverspike, Johns Creek, Sr., 5-4; No. 40 Erica Edwards, Thomas County Central, 5-4; No. 41 Carlin Light, North Forsyth, Jr., 5-4

Long Jump: No. 12 Kaitlyn Taylor, Sandy Creek, 18-10 ½ ; No. 16 Williams, Kell, Jr., 18-7; No. 49 Jasmin Steen, Chattahoochee County, Sr., 17-10; No. 50 Camryn Coleman, Westlake, Sr., 17-9 ½

Triple Jump: No. 3 Anasterasia Terrell, Howard, Jr., 39-2; No. 14 Taylor, Sandy Creek, 37-9 ½; No. 16 KeAndrea Ladson, Bradwell Institute, Jr., 37-8 ½ ; No. 38 Leah Chisholm, Lakeside-DeKalb, Sr., 36-10; No. 43 Nesha Defoe, Towers, Jr., 36-9 ¼ ; No. 48 Jones, Valdosta, Sr., 36-9

Discus: No. 3 Torie Owers, Athens Academy, Sr., 156-5; No. 26 Dana Cole, Allatoona, Sr., 130-4

Pole Vault: No. 15 Sydney Rodkey, North Oconee, Sr., 12-0; No. 20 Megan P. Clark, Columbus, Sr., 11-6 ¼ ; No. 21 Katie Utley, Tift County, 11-6; No. 43 Holly Ebbets, Lee County, Jr., 11-0

Shot Put: No. 2 Owers, Athens Academy, Sr., 50-3; No. 10, Haley Reynolds, Gordon Central, Jr., 43-4 ¾; No. 33 Kelsey Arnold, Jonesboro, Jr., 40- ½ ; No. 36 Demetria Dickens, Southwest DeKalb, Sr., 39-11; No. 43 Anna Machovec, Dacula, So., 39-6; No. 48 Tanisha Somnerour, Habersham Central, Jr., 39-3

400 meter relay: No. 11 M.L. King, 47.73; No. 17 Westlake, 47.92; No. 18 Redan, 47.97; No. 19 Walton, 48.04; No. 20 Alpharetta, 48.08; No. 21 Greater Atlanta Christian, 48.08; No. 33 McEachern, 48.57; No. 43 Dunwoody, 48.73

1,600 meter relay: No. 6 Dunwoody, 3:50.74; No. 24 Cedar Grove, 3:57.43; No. 27 McEachern, 3:57.91; No. 43 Peachtree Ridge, 4:00.68

7 comments Add your comment

Danny Howard

March 17th, 2012
3:10 am

How come you do not list Sarah Howard /Trinity Christian/GISA/Dublin, Georgia/as the current #1 Girl’s HS Shot Put? Is it because she is in the GISA? She is currently recognized as being the #1 Shot Put thrower in the country(51′6 & 1/2 ” & owns the #2 in the country(51′1″)by DYESTAT & MILESPLIT. I could understand not including individuals from GISA in other sports(football, baseball, basketball, et al)as ascertaining what team would be the best as subjective/opinionated, but Track & Field is run against the tape measure or the watch, which makes it an objective universal competition. If you use the criteria that you only observe GHSA members, does this mean that Sarah’s accomplishment did not occur & should not be recognized?
I eagerly await your reply.

tree

March 18th, 2012
12:40 am

Mimieux Land of MONROE HIGH triple jumps 41 feet, long jumps 19′ 2 and high jumps 5′6 dont see her on the list

S. Thomas Coleman

March 18th, 2012
4:14 am

@Danny Howard: Unfortunately, the AJC does not routinely cover GISA schools or athletes. Because of that, the story says “… here is a list of girls competing in the Georgia High Schools Association…” But Ms. Howard should be quite proud of her accomplishments and I’m sure she’ll continue to be a standout performer in college, perhaps even a 2016 Olympian.

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

S. Thomas Coleman

March 18th, 2012
4:17 am

@tree: Yes, Mimieux is a beast. She’s also a defending state champion. However, as of last week there were no official records of her recording those distances and heights yet this season.

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

Watching from the Sidelines

March 18th, 2012
11:33 am

It’s interesting that state team title is usually won by those with strong 400 Meter Relay team ala MLK and Westlake.

S. Thomas Coleman

March 18th, 2012
5:46 pm

@Watching: That’s a good point. Usually it’s because the 4X100 team has four athletes who are very strong in other events like the open 100, 200 and 400, the long jump, triple jump or high jump. Those athletes are able to pile up points for the team in those other events. For instance, the aforementioned Mimi Land is a beast in the jumps, but she is also on the team’s 4X100 relay team.

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

pmuckle

March 19th, 2012
9:10 am