The DHS Girls Track Team held off some tough competition to earn runner-up status During the 2019 DeKalb County High School Championships for Outdoor Track and Field held at Buck Godfrey Stadium in Decatur, Georgia March 23 and March 25.
The Dunwoody High School Girls Track Team began its two days of competitions in the field events. The Wildcats would prove they could jump with Ariel Lawrence earning points for the team with a second place leap in the triple jump. Jahvene Walder would place second in a three-way tie in the high jump increasing the teams total points.
In the throws, sophmores Janae Profit and Zharia Woodyard would place first and fifth in shot put. Janae Profit would shatter a shot put record that had been standing since 1994 and then she would go on to win the discus competition, just missing that record.
The mile runners, Anna Mothner and Kate Bacon would run like the wind and place second and sixth place. These runners would wrap up the Saturday finals, giving Dunwoody a small lead going into the qualifiers and the second day of competition.
The Lady Wildcats would fight hard and qualify in the 800, 100 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, 4 X 100 meter relay, and 3200 meter. However, they would have to see if it would be enough with a Miller Grove team looking to three-peat and Arabia Mountain and Cedar Grove hoping to move into trophy position.
The Lady Wildcats would start off the run for the championship with a sixth place run by Kameren Haliday, Ariel Lawrence, Jaden Alexis and Jahvene Walder, members of the DHS 4X 100 team.
Without any sprinters in Monday’s finals, the Lady Wildcats would have to watch as Miller Grove took the lead and their point spread begin to shrink.
In the 800 Meter run Emma Tesler would race for fourth place. Mia Whitehurst would be right behind her for fifth place.
The 100 Meter Hurdles would allow Kameron Haliday to pick up seventh place points for the team. This would give the team some more room.
Jahvene Malder broke the record to place first in the 300 Meter Hurdles would give the Lady Wildcats the jolt that they needed. The senior would PR and out run and jump her competition.
The Lady Wildcats didn’t have a team in the 4X400 so it would be up to the 3200 Meter runners to secure the second place trophy. Anna Mothner crushed her previous personal record for a second place finish and Freshman, Ainsley Jones would fight hard for a sixth place finish and points.
These were the points needed to secure the second place trophy. They would be settled in the position regardless of the 4X400 finals. The Lady Wildcats had done it.
Congratulations to the entire 2019 Dunwoody Lady Wildcats Track and Field team led by Coach Robert Bugs and Coach Lehman Best! The team is looking forward to more competitions and getting ready for Regionals at Alpharetta High School on April 22 and April 24.