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Lady Tornadoes take 9th track & field state championship

Monroe Tornadoes 2018 3A State champs (Source: WALB) Monroe Tornadoes 2018 3A State champs (Source: WALB)
Jatavion Boone, Trendarius Henderson (Source: WALB) Jatavion Boone, Trendarius Henderson (Source: WALB)
Jaeda Hunt (Source: WALB) Jaeda Hunt (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Stop me if you've heard this before, the Monroe High School girls won the GHSA state track and field championship.

This was their 9th title since 2001, and their 2nd in the past three years.

After the meet head coach Billy Glanton told WALB it was far from easy, but it was tough to tell from the way the meet's finale wrapped up.

"We were crossing our fingers the whole day man, any slip up then you're dead. (Greater Atlanta Christian) had just as good of a chance of winning it as we had," said Glanton.

"But thank God our kids held through and they persevered."

The Lady Tornadoes led GAC by 10.5 points before the 1600 meter relay.

Monroe left nothing to chance.

Their A and B teams took first and second place handily pushing the point total to 138.5.

Monroe won the Class 3A title by nearly 19.5 points.

The high-point scorer was Jaeda Hunt. 

As a senior, she finishes her track career with 7 career individual titles, 2 team titles and Saturday afternoon's top honor.

"When the top seniors left (last year) I just felt like I needed to step up, get ahead of the game and push the team," said Hunt who ha 32.5 points.

Hugh Mills Stadium hosted the Classes A-Public, 2A and 3A.

Turner County's boys were the closest area team to winning a state championship on the boy's side.

The Rebels notched 66 points, but placed 2nd to Montgomery County (72) in A-Public.

Hurdlers Jatavion Boone and Trendarius Henderson carried the Rebels.

Boone was first in the 110 M hurdles with Henderson placing 2nd.

Henderson was first in the 300 M hurdles with Boone coming in second. The junior Henderson was high point man in A-Public.

"When you've got the best person (Boone) on your team for hurdles, he challenges me, I challenge him, so we challenged each other, and I guess I came out with the win this time," said Henderson.

"They're very competitive, both of those guys want to win and Boone has typically won it most of the time but Trent has come out and tried to set the precedence for winning next year," said first-year Turner County track coach Paul Smith.

Classes 4A and 5A competed in Carrollton, while A-Private, 4A and 7A  chased titles in Berry.

All of the final results are available here under live results.

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