won the Georgia High School Association AAAA state track and field championship, and finished second in a dominant day for Northeast Cobb athletes.
Yet another Region 5-AAAA school, , finished fourth despite having no one competing on Day 3 of the meet in Jefferson.
Kell was more than a two-man team, but the Longhorns needed only Jordan Chambers and Devon Williams to claim the state title.
Thursday, and Williams finished sixth in the long jump to give Kell its first 23 points. That score alone would have placed the Longhorns eighth.
But Williams, a senior whose younger sister, Kendell, , wasn’t done.
He won the 110-meter hurdles Saturday in 14.18 seconds, then returned later in the afternoon to win the 300-meter hurdles in 37.45 seconds. Those wins gave Kell 20 more points, more than enough for the championship.
But the Longhorns also picked up four points when Quincy Mauger ran fifth in the 110 hurdles in 14.68 seconds and a final point from Brendan Langley’s eighth-place finish in the 100 meters in 11.10.
Kell’s 48 points put the Longhorns 11 clear of second-place Sprayberry, which entered Saturday without a point in the meet.
Michael Newton took care of that in spectacular fashion.
He started Saturday by winning the 400 meters in 46.62 seconds, breaking Milton Campbell’s 18-year-old AAAA Georgia record of 46.67 and beating the rest of the field by more than a second.
Newton later ran third in the 200 meters in 21.65, 0.02 second behind second-place Sidney Buchannon of Creekside. Newton’s two individual runs earned Sprayberry 16 points.
He was also the opening leg of Sprayberry’s 4x400 relay team, which closed the AAAA meet with a victory in 3:17.61, more than 1½ seconds ahead of second-place Mays. Patrick Dubois, Tye Richardson and Willy Dorcin also were on the gold-medal-winning team, which earned the Yellow Jackets 10 more points.
Richardson accounted for Sprayberry’s remaining 11 points himself by finishing third in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.37 and fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in 39.42.
Pope entered Day 3 in first place with 31 points, led by 13 points from Patrick Fleming for winning the 1,600 and . But with no one running Saturday, the Greyhounds could do nothing but watch the dominance of Kell and Sprayberry.
had one runner Saturday in the AAAAA meet, Alexander Reese, who finished second in the 400 meters in 47.92. He earned eight of the Trojans’ nine points, good for 26th place. Alex Mattle grabbed the other point by finishing eighth in the shot put Thursday.