South Forsyth’s tenured distance runner Savannah Carnahan led Forsyth County athletes at the GHSA Girls Track and Field State Championship, held Saturday at historic Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany. McEachern won the Class AAAAAA championship, followed by Westlake and Brookwood.
Carnahan, running her last high school races before moving on to her running career at Furman University, had podium finishes in the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs with times of 4:53.98 and 10:27.35, respectively. She was edged by Milton’s Riley Burr by just over five seconds in the 1,600 and local rival Lindsay Billings of Northview in the 3,200 by six seconds.
Carnahan edged Billings with a late burst at the Region 6-AAAAAA championships at West Forsyth two weeks ago.
South’s Kaylee DuPont scored her team points with sixth-place finishes in those same distance events, finishing with times of 5:06.13 and 10:59.96, respectively. South’s success in the distance races helped it to a 10th place finish.
Lambert’s 1,600 relay team, which helped the Lady Longhorns to the Region 6 title, finished seventh with a time of 3:54.80. Competing in the race were Amanda Clarke, Dominiq Delisser, Ryann Dickerson and Ashley Johnson.
Clarke made noise in the high jump, finishing in a contested tie for fifth place with a score of 5-02. Lambert also had Michelle Bourquin in a field event, as she finished with an 11th-place score of 9-06 in the pole vault.
South’s Paloma Jaramillo-Henderson finished ninth in the long jump, scoring 17-05.75.
Forsyth Central was represented by two athletes in the Class AAAAA finals, as Bonnie McKinnon placed a respectable seventh in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:27.10. In the field, Taliyah Manning placed seventh with a 113-00 in discus.
North Springs took the Class AAAAA title, with Warner Robins and Chapel Hill finishing second and third, respectively.
The boys state track meet will be held Thursday through Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Jefferson.