GISA state track meet wraps with Deerfield Boys claiming title

Deerfield-Windsor boys take title after two year drought

Deerfield boys track takes first state title in two years

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It was a beautiful day for some GISA state track and field, here at Hugh Mills Stadium.

Well several South Georgia natives raced to the top of the leader board, but only one could become victorious, but when it came to the teams, Deerfield-Windsor hoped to reign supreme.

Day three of the GISA state track meet took place this afternoon.

Schools from all over the state were searching for their chance at a state title.

For South Georgia, they had a lot of bling to bring home this season.

For Westwood, their shinning star Tyler Harris was able to reclaim his state title in the 110 hurdles in double A.

But as far as other state titles in both team and individual events, Deerfield-Windsor shinned like no other, as the boys found their first team state title in two years.

“Not only did we get second last year, but the year we won, two years ago we actually tied," said Deerfield-Windsor track coach Jake Clawson. "So, we felt unsatisfied after that. So, we wanted to come out today and show that we are the premiere program in the GISA and in South Georgia too, and I think they did that.”

For the Boys it was glory, but for the girls, it ended with a 7-year streak being snapped.

After the Lady Knights took third in Triple A. ending their 7-state title streak.

“We just ran up against some really good, talented, fast teams," said Clawson. "So, the only one that matters for us is the next one. So, we’ll go back. We’ll bring back a lot of Sophomore’s and Juniors. We’ll see if we can find some new kids to run. But we’ll train faster, longer and higher. That’s what we’re gunna get after.”

For Deerfield, two of their Knights were able to bring more bling with them on the bus ride home… as Porter Hill and Charlotte Augenstein were able to bring home a total of 4 state titles.

“Oh, it’s just a great opportunity, like individually," said 800 and 1600 state champion Charlotte Augenstein. "Even though our team didn’t come through, we didn’t have the most, the deepest team this year, it was still fun to be able to shine and not be able to be one of the older ones on the team and win some individuals.”

For Hill, it was a successful year all around.

After taking a state title in cross country, he was able to carry the success over to the track.

“I’m really happy about this season," said 1600 and 3200 state champion Porter Hill. "We’ve been working really hard and these Seniors, I’ve been with them since I was a freshman. So, I’m really happy we could win this one.”

Even though their season is done, the training will never be over.

“it’s gunna be hard, but we’ll do some year around training and we’ll start the summer for Cross Country and work all through the summer and come back strong for next track season.”

Now with this years state track meet officially in the books, Hugh Mills will be seeing a lot more state champions in the near future, as they host the GHSA state track May 9th through the 11th.

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