More than 20 total Baldwin County student-athletes represented Baldwin High School and GMC Prep at the GHSA State Track and Field Championships over the weekend.
GMC competed for Class A-Public glory while BHS took on the top talent in Class 4A. Both classifications competed at Hugh Mills Stadium, located in Albany.
GMC Prep sophomore De’Aisha Stephens was the lone local runner to return home after having taken the coveted spot atop the podium, winning the 800-meter. Stephens qualified first for the title race running a 2:28.51 in the preliminary, besting her next closest competition by more than two seconds. She nearly replicated that time in the final, finishing in 2:28.20, less than half a second faster than the runner-up from Telfair County. Stephens would also take third place comfortably in the long jump, leaping 17 feet, 1.5 inches. The stellar sophomore also ran with both GMC Prep girls relay teams that qualified for state, helping the Lady Dogs finish eighth in the 4x400.
Baldwin High junior Mollie Speights would be the next closest local competitor to bringing home an individual state championship. Speights cleared 5 feet, 4 inches in her signature event the high jump to earn a state runner-up title. The girls high jump winner Jada Blanton from Luella High School cleared 5 feet, 6 inches to overcome Speights. Other top finishers among the Baldwin girls included: Maya Adams (eighth place in the 100-meter, 12.24 seconds); Jakayla Hubert (fourth in the 300-meter hurdles, 46.76 seconds); the 4x100 relay team of Adams, Hubert, Speights, and Lanika Ross (eighth, 49.23 seconds); the 4x400 relay team of Shaniah Williams, Hubert, Ross, and Jai Veal (fifth, 4:00.68); and Kennedy Morgan (eight in the triple jump, 34 feet, 10.25 inches).
The Baldwin High boys sent 12 athletes to compete down in Albany over the weekend, and the team’s highest finishes came in at fifth. Senior Gary Moore, Region 3-4A champion in the 400-meter, qualified seventh in the 400 before upping his position to fifth in the finals, running his lap in 49.57 seconds. The Braves 4x100 relay “A” team took fifth as well after Tre Trawick, DaCorius Jones, Shondraus King, and James Kilgore came together to run a 42.61. Nearly the entire 4x100 field finished the race in the same second. Trawick was the lone Brave to make it to the podium outside of Moore and the relay team after he finished seventh in the 100-meter dash, crossing the finish line at 11.24 seconds.