COVINGTON -- The girls track programs for the area had several successful outings with five of the six schools being represented at the girls state meet and medaling in four events.
But it was Heritage's Morgan Hubbard that exemplified the true meaning of being the best of the best. Hubbard stood on top of the podium, winning the 300-meter hurdles in Class AAAA making her the All-Citizen Girls Track Athlete of the Year.
Even though Hubbard won state in 43.84 seconds, her fastest time came in the state preliminaries where she ran the hurdles in 43.51 seconds. She also had her fastest time in the 100 hurdles at state where she ran it in 15.05 seconds.
While Rockdale's Antwonette Thomas participated the 800-meter and 1,600-meter runs, her best times came at sectional. She had her fastest times in the 800 with a time of 2 minutes, 20.11 seconds while competing the 1,600 in 5:25.32.
Also qualifying to be on the All-Citizen team in two sports was Alcovy's Aleziah Wilson. She qualified with a shot put toss of 32 feet, 8.50 inches in the Class AAAAAA B-sectional at Mill Creek High School. She also had the farthest discus throw at the Region 2-AAAAAA meet with a throw of 99 feet, 2 inches.
Also representing Heritage are Ferree Buck, who ran the 3,200 in 14:09.52, and Ngoc Kim, who cleared 6 feet, 6 inches on the pole vault at the Region 8-AAAA meet.
On the All-Citizen from Eastside are Corin Stokes with a time of 12.19 in the Class AAAA B-sectional in the 100, Nylah Chavis with a high jump of 5 feet, 6 inches at sectional and Breanna Thornton with a triple jump of 36-10 to finish fifth overall in the Class AAAA state meet.
Representing Newton are Brianna Hayden who ran the 200 in 24.90 seconds in the Region 2-AAAAAA meet and Mercedes Booker who had a long jump of 17-0.25 also at the region meet.
In team events, Alcovy's relay team, consisting of Bryce Wilis, Ashley Williams, Brianna Archer and Laniece Dennis, ran the 4x100 race in 47.83 seconds at state while Heritage's 4x400 team -- Lyric Bolden, Damali Thomas, Hubbard and Amber Johnson -- ran the race in 3:59.25 at the state meet.