High school track roundup: Marion County's Jada Gardner wins state title in triple jump


Marion County's Jada Gardner won the Class A public-school state championship on Friday in the triple jump with a leap of 33 feet, 9½ inches, 6¼ inches better than GMC's Kita Aycock.

Gardner also finished as the runner-up in the long jump at 16-6¾. Baconton Charter's Kimmie Davis was first at 17-2¼.

Marion County's Chelsey Haynes was third in the discus at 99-2 and fifth in the shot put at 34-6. Lavonia Dixon finished third in the 1,600 in 6:17.28.

In Class AAAAA, Northside's Karaysha White finished fifth in the triple jump in 34-6.

Columbus' Harper Fine finished eighth in the Class AAAA 1,600 in 5:36.29.

In the Class A private-school meet, Brookstone's Adrianna Jackson came in sixth in the discus at 99-6, while teammate Naeisha McClain was eighth at 96-4. McClain was fourth in the shot put at 34-3½. Jazaria Brown came in seventh in the triple jump at 32-6. Theresa Lunsford finished eighth in the pole vault at 7-feet, 6-inches.

The GHSA meet is being held at Albany, while the AHSAA meet is in Gulf Shores.

In Class 6A. Smiths Station's Alonie Sutton finished third in the long jump at 17-4½.

The Smiths Station girls 4x800 relay team (Siraya Johnson, Ises Taylor, Janae' Taylor, Sjy'keya Wimberly) came in sixth in 9:54.81. The boys 4x800 team (Brandon Bennefield, Trevor Britt, Mariom Cirinee, Charles Hughes) finished seventh in 8:15.68.

Central's Eric Durham finished fifth in the triple jump at 44-5¼. Ngone Niang tied for seventh in the high jump at 4-10. Brandi Jackson finished seventh in the 400 in 58.88.

In Class 5A, Russell County's Caleb Smith finished third in the long jump at 22-5¾ and fourth in the javelin at 157-10. The Russell County boys 4x800 relay team (Ge'gory Williams, David White, Chris Miles, Anthony Zambrana) finished sixth in 8:34.56.

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