Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Duluth's Jazmyn Johnson places third in the girls Class AAAAAA high jump clearing 5-04.00 during the girls Track and Field State Championships at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany Friday.
ALBANY -- There was a lot less drama at the high jump pit for Malayshia George this year.
After losing to in a jump-off to take second at last year's state meet, the Mill Creek senior was the only one left on Friday. George cleared 5 feet, 6 inches to win the Class AAAAAA state championship at Hugh Mills Stadium.
"I knew if she was on, she could win it. She had a good day," Mill Creek coach Jed Hodges said.
George, a Clemson signee, is the first state champion in Mill Creek's eight-year track and field history.
"I felt like a favorite, but it's a lot stress if you don't do what you're supposed to," George said.
George later qualified for today's running finals in the 400-meter run, 200 and 1,600 relay. She had the top time in the 400 and second-best time in the 200.
"It's great," George said of the title. "I was happy to win and there's more hopefully. I'm hoping to win three other events."
George's high jump state title helped put Mill Creek in fifth place in the team standings with 17 points. Marietta leads the meet with 31 points and Norcross is second with 23 points.
The Hawks' Sydnee Shaw was seventh in the triple jump to add to the team score on Friday.
"It definitely gives us points," George said. "We should be good to place, but we want to win it."
Marshall runner-up in short career
Mia Marshall only had two months of shot put experience, but she made the most of it.
The Parkview senior was the Class AAAAAA runner-up in the shot put on Friday with a throw of 43 feet, 6 inches.
"I think I did pretty good," Marshall said. "I PRed and that's what I wanted to do."
The 6-foot-2 Marshall was a standout on Parkview's basketball team, helping the Panthers to the region championship. After the season, she joined the track team in March.
"I just came out to stay in shape and I realized I was good," Marshall said.
The Appalachian State basketball signee took second at county and was the Region 8 champion.
She came to the state meet, ranked No. 3 in the state and left with a runner-up finish. Marietta's Jenessa Jackson won the title with a throw of 45-11.
"I thought I was going to win it, but then she threw 45 feet," Marshall said.
Good weekend for Wesleyan's Reed
Wesleyan's Caroline Reed stepped down from the awards stand with a big smile on her face with a runner-up medal around her neck.
Reed took second in the 1,600-meter run on Friday in the Class AA state meet. It was a day after placing second in the 3,200.
"No, I'm not disappointed at all (about taking second)," Reed said. "I wasn't seeded to come in second. I was seeded fourth in the mile and third in the two mile. I'd say it was a good weekend."
Reed had a time of 5 minutes, 21.31 seconds to take second behind Westminster's Sahara Fletcher, who won with a time of 5:16.39.
Reed's runner-up finish put Wesleyan in second place in the team standings with 35 points. Westminster is in first with 41 point and defending state champion Greater Atlanta Christian is in third with 26 points.
Duluth's Johnson third in two events
Duluth's Jazmyn Johnson had a pair of third-place finishes at the Class AAAAAA state meet on Friday.
Johnson was third in the long jump with a mark of 17 feet, 4.5 inches and was third in the high jump with a mark of 5-4.
Gwinnett County made its presence felt in the Class AAAAAA long jump with five athletes finishing in the top eight led by Duluth's Johnson.
Brookwood's Camille Bentley was fifth (16-10), Central Gwinnett's Alexandra Frazier was sixth (16-8), Brookwood's Nicole Blanding was seventh (16-7.25) and Collins Hill's Bola Hambolu was eighth (16-4.5).