ALBANY — Juniors Jasmine Jones and Chloe Fair raked in a haul of gold medals and led Greater Atlanta Christian’s girls track team to the Class AAA championship Saturday in Albany.
Jones won the high-point trophy for the whole classification with five total titles. Fair was right behind her with four wins as the Spartans climbed back to the top of the mountain.
GAC won titles in 2016 and 2017 before finishing runner-up to Albany’s Monroe last season.
The Spartans avenged that result Saturday with a blitz of 78 points in the track events. They started the day in second with 31 points and finished with a state-best 109. Monroe was second with 84 and Jefferson, the leader after field events, was third with 79.
“It was kind of a perfect day,” head coach Brad Kinser said. “I’m really proud of the girls. Jasmine and Chloe were the stalwarts, but everyone really contributed, from the ‘B’ relays to the people who got fourths, fifths and sixths.”
Jones and Fair combined to win six races Saturday, adding to their wins in field events Thursday.
Jones defended her state title in the 100 hurdles in 14.12 seconds. She also won the 200-meter dash in 25.05, a full second faster than the rest of the field.
“Jasmine won five events — what more can you ask for?” Kinser said.
Fair was the champion in the 300 hurdles (43.83) and beat the field in the 400 by more than 2½ seconds (56.63). Jones set the state record in the 300 hurdles as a sophomore (41.81). GAC’s Danielle Jones was sixth in the 300 hurdles and also part of the winning 400 relay — along with Fair, Jasmine Jones and Simone Roberts.
It was the fifth straight year the Spartans won the 400 relay at state.
GAC’s 1,600 relay won with Jasmine Jones, Fair, Maya McFadden and Roberts in a time of 3:55.12. The runner-up relay from Monroe was nearly four seconds slower.
The Spartans ‘B’ 1,600 relay was fourth (Jasmine Scruggs, Nyla Thompson, China Moody and Danielle Jones) in 4:06.53
The ‘B’ 400 relay was fifth, adding more points to the Spartans total.
“This junior class has won two out of three just really battling (with Monroe),” Kinser said. “We knew Monroe-Albany and Jefferson were great teams so I was really proud of them.”
GAC’s boys finished eighth in the overall team standings.
Roy Dixon, who won the long jump Friday in just his first season competing in track, was seventh in the 200 meter dash.
The 400 relay, with Dixon on leg 2, was third. Three football standouts joined him — Tyler Bride, Tre Henry and Ty James — to finish in 43.03.