ROME — Jazmine Hobson established herself as Class AAAAAAA’s top sprinter Saturday at Berry College.
The Shiloh junior dominated the field to win the 100-meter dash state championship and followed it up later with the state title in the 200. She repeated as state champion in the 100 but pulled off the 100-200 double for the first time.
The 200 title required the most work.
“For two years, I have been working for this (in the 200),” Hobson said. “My first year I was a freshman and I went against Sterling (Lester of Marietta) and Kennedy Simon (of Westlake). They beat me and I got third. My second year, 10th grade, I got third again against those same people. They graduated and I had my chance, so I took it.”
Hobson and Campbell’s Mekenze Kelley were tight down the home stretch and it went to a photo finish to see who won. Hobson didn’t realize she won until her teammates told her afterward. She was first in 24.08 seconds to Kelley’s 24.10.
“I tried to get out, but my start isn’t that good,” Hobson said. “When I saw her coming up on me, I tried to pump my arms. I’m very dehydrated. I could tell by that race. But I just tried to pull it out. … Honestly, I thought she got it. But I kind of dipped before her. So I was glad.”
There was no such excitement in the 100.
Hobson won the 100 in 11.65 seconds and led all the way.
“(Hobson’s) progressing very well,” Shiloh head coach Devin Jones said. “She’s gone 11.4 (in the 100). She’s run 23.7 (in the 200). She had a little headwind, today so the time wasn’t really there, but she’s really coming along. She’s really just tapped the surface of what she really can do. Once she really pushes in that 400, the 100 and 200 are going to get even better. She’s just a supreme talent. The future’s very bright for her.”
Ramey wins loaded 400
The AAAAAAA boys 400 field was loaded with talent, largely from Gwinnett, and Brookwood senior Nicholas Ramey finished on top.
Ramey took a lead and held off two Shiloh runners, Omar Simpson and Elijah Berry, with a winning time of 47.19 seconds. Simpson was second in 47.39 and Elijah Berry was third at 47.40. Mill Creek’s Julian Hazen (fifth, 47.92) and Archer’s Andrew Spearman (sixth, 49.07) also stood out in the race.
“I had a race plan coming in, but my coach told me not to go for time, just go for the win today,” Ramey said.
Ramey, who also placed fourth in the 200 (21.92) later in the competition, will run at the college level for Southern California.
“I pretty much had everything on my resumé for my high school career, but adding on a state championship to it kind of finishes it off nicely for me,” Ramey said.
Peachtree Ridge senior Wilson McClain bettered the Class AAAAAAA record in the 110 hurdles Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, so did the runner next to him.
Lassiter’s Myles Marshall won the event in a record time of 13.75 seconds, and McClain was just behind in 13.80, also below the previous mark. McClain later finished fifth in the 300 hurdles.
The 110 hurdles was a good race for Gwinnett with Shiloh’s Dakota Thomas (14.40, fourth), South Gwinnett’s Darryl Wiltz (14.54, fifth) and Brookwood’s David Crawford (14.68, sixth) also finishing near the top.
Peachtree Ridge’s hurdles success wasn’t limited to McClain. Teammate Jaydon Sanford was state runner-up in the 300 hurdles at 38.69, a spot ahead of the third-place finisher, Wiltz (38.80). The boys finished runner-up to champion Shiloh in the team standings.
Peachtree Ridge also had a nice day with sprinters Tamiia Fuller and Evan Wells. Fuller was third in the girls 100 (12.08) and Wells was fifth in the boys 200 (22.14).
Johnson sprints to second
Kobe Johnson closed his high school career with a state runner-up finish in the 100.
The Discovery senior and North Dakota State football signee posted a time of 10.71 seconds, finishing just behind McEachern senior Ja’Leak Perry (formerly at Hebron), who won in 10.64.
Central Gwinnett’s Nick Fortune, a West Virginia football recruit, was in fourth at 10.83.
The young discovery program also had a sixth-place finisher in the girls 300 hurdles, Raquel Newkirk (46.00).
George, Harrison take third
Grayson’s Yasmine George and Collins Hill’s Josiah Harrison each posted a third-place finish Saturday at Berry.
George was third in the girls 400 (55.42) and Harrison held the third spot in the boys 800 (1:59.72). North’s Jackson McClimans was sixth in the boys 400 (2:00.70).
Other top-six finishes for Gwinnett athletes included Parkview’s Leah Disher in the girls 800 (fourth, 2:15.02) and Brookwood’s Kristi Armstrong in the girls 100 hurdles (15.21).