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Varsity Girls Track & Field Wins Their Fifth State Title in Seven Years
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Varsity Girls Track & Field Wins Their Fifth State Title in Seven Years

The Varsity Girls Track and Field Team has had a dominate run for nearly a decade. However, this season offered new challenges, as GAC moved up to two classifications to AAAAA. The Spartans finished second in their region this year, and also fielded a smaller number of state qualifiers. Despite the changes, GAC still managed to come out on top again as they captured their fifth state championship in seven seasons on May 13th. 

GAC finished with 61 points overall, edging second place Cambridge High School who finished with 54.5 points. Senior Nia Wilson won the 100 meter dash (11.51) and also finished second in the 200 meter dash (23.99). Wilson also ran on the champion 400 meter relay team.

Fellow senior Morgan Collins also paced the way for the Spartans as she won state in the 800 meter run (2:11.87) and placed fourth in the 1600 meter run (5:14.10). Both Wilson and Collins ran on the first place 1600 meter relay team as well. 

Freshman Ava Kitchings finished in first place in the long jump (19 feet, 7 3/4 inches). 

Behind the leadership of head coach Brad Kinser, GAC has now won five out of the past seven state titles, across three different classifications (2005, 2009, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021, and now 2023). 

The Varsity Boys Track & Field Team finished in sixth place overall, after finishing third in their region. The Spartans scored 29 points. Their accolades include:

  • Runner-up 800 relay (1:26.76)
  • Sixth-place 400 relay (42.51)
  • Top individual finishes from:
    • Josiah Asfaw (fourth, 800, 1:56.93)
    • Gabriel Daniels (sixth, 200, 22.09).
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