On the girls side, the sprints will be headlined by Westlake’s Collen Branch and Imari Johnson, Tucker’s Mallory Hodge, Lakeside-Evans Anetra Graham and Alexander’s Adaejah Hodge. Branch won the 100. Hodge finished runner-up in the 100, earned first in the 200 and is fresh off a top finish in the 400 this past weekend at sectionals with a 55.09. Westlake also features junior Jasmine Harmon, who won both hurdles events at sectionals last weekend with a 13.95 (110 meter) and 42.78 (330).
Blessed Trinity won its first boys track and field state title last year in Class 5A, and the Woodward girls earned their third all-time state title. Class 4A saw the Stephenson boys win their first since 2002, and the Marist girls snapped a championship drought dating to 2013. The Westminster boys and Greater Atlanta Christian girls will aim to defend their Class 3A titles, and the Pace Academy boys and Oglethorpe County girls will have to hold off a wide-open Class 2A field.
The Hebron Christian girls joined Oglethorpe County and Blessed Trinity as first-time state champions last year and will be back in Class A Private with two-time defending boys state champion Landmark Christian. Finally, the Commerce boys and Gordon Lee girls are both looking for a third straight state title this weekend.