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Hubbard wins state track and field title

ALBANY -- Morgan Hubbard is a state track and field champion. The standout at Heritage won the 300-meter hurdles at the Class AAAAA meet Saturday, outpacing Jones County's Victoria Dumas 43,84 to 44.59. Hubbard completed a fantastic postseason for the Conyers school in hurdles. With Saturday's victory, Hubbard joined classmate Myles Hunter, who won the state title in the 110-meter hurdles at last weekend's boys state meet.

Hubbard, who set the school record in the 300 with her preliminary time of 43.51, continued her sensational weekend on the track as she placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (15.05), while teammate Dejsa Robinson finished eighth (15.44).

"I think we've got one of the best hurdle programs, especially (with) coach (Jeremy) Easley working with the hurdle girls and guys," said Heritage coach Brian Kicklighter, whose team finished 15th. "(Hubbard is an) all-around athlete. She's just one of those great athletes: coachable, great personality and great attitude."

Hubbard also joined Christian Smith, Valencia Williams and Amber Johnson on the eighth-place 1,600 relay team, which ran in 4:04.47 after setting the school record in the preliminaries at 3:59.25.

In Class AAAA, Eastside got a fifth-place performance from Breanna Thornton in the triple jump (36-10) and a seventh-place performance from Nylah Chavis in the high jump (5-00). Meanwhile, the Eagles' 1,600 relay team of Thornton, Rhodelle Lewis, Corin Stokes and Myia Johnson finished seventh (4:05.31).

In Class AAAAAA, Alcovy's 400 relay team (Alexis Emanuel, Ashley Williams, Brianna Archer and Laniece Dennis) finished seventh at 48.78 and Newton's Brianna Hayden finished eighth in the triple jump (35-09).