Five stories to watch for at the GHSA state track and field meet

Five stories to watch for at the GHSA state track and field meet

*Jasmine Robinson is one of the best all-around track and field athletes in the state of Georgia.

Photo credit: Nevin Watson/Georgia MileSplit

– – –

We are just a sleep away from what promises to be a packed GHSA State Track and Field Championships. Regardless of location, all four venues feature incredible storylines and elite athletes ready to compete for a state title. IIt was difficult to narrow the list down to five, but I did my best.

For even more detailed overviews, you can find Georgia MileSplit’s Ryan McClay’s in-depth articles for each class below.

Here are five of the best athletes to watch in action this weekend.

Class of 2025

If I know one thing about Njie, I know he’s fast. The junior is not only fast, but has proven himself throughout the outdoor season, remaining undefeated on Georgian soil. The state record holder in the 400m is clocking 45.49 this spring and is more than a second behind the rest of the state. As for the 200, Njie (20.63) will have company with Duluth’s Jaden Wiley (20.64) and Walton’s Tyson Poole (20.83) along with the Westlake junior.

Njie is the leading returner in the 200m after finishing second a year ago, and he is the reigning quarter-mile champion.

Class of 2027

If there’s anyone who can stop Latham from winning two titles in Rome, Georgia, it’s him who still has to figure out this season. This isn’t a dig at the 6A distance field, it’s simply a compliment to the level of running Latham displayed this spring.

Latham is the only man under times of 4:10 and 9:15 throughout 6A in 2024, with personal bests of 4:09.14 and 8:46.88, the latter breaking the record for State of a few seconds. Honestly, Latham is arguably one of the best runners in state history, and his five state championships only support that claim. In addition to the impressive times he posted throughout his junior campaign, he also went undefeated against national competition in both events, and I’ll be surprised if that changes at state.

Olivia HarrisBuford

Class of 2027

Heading into her first GHSA state championships, Harris has performed like an upperclassman since the start of the season. Harris hasn’t lost more than 400m in any of his five races this spring and has only run the 200m twice, totaling one loss and one win.

Harris ran her two lifetime bests last weekend at her Section 7A, with times of 24.13 and 52.43, No. 14 and No. 1, respectively, in the state this season.

For the first year, the 200m crown is by far the most difficult crown to win this weekend, with eight girls ahead of her in less than 24 seconds. The 400m won’t be a cakewalk either, with a trio of girls right behind her under 55, but she’s the one to beat when it comes to the quarter mile. b

Class of 2026

The sensational sophomore has a busy competitive schedule, as she qualified for state in the 100mH, 200m, 300mH and long jump. Robinson enters his second state championship ranked No. 3, No. 3, No. 1 and No. 4 in the quartet of events, putting himself in a formidable position to score a large number of points for North Cobb, which n He’s not just a podium contender, but a title contender.

This outdoor season, Robinson has recorded just one loss in both hurdle events, going 11-1 overall. Her PBs of 13.79 and 40.51 put her in contention to win the 100mH and the favorite in the 300mH.

A year ago, Robinson won the title in the longer of the two hurdle events and has his sights set on returning there back to back.

Class of 2024

What’s better than being one of the best sprinters in the state? Being one of the best sprinters in the state alongside your sister.

The Frederick sisters are one of the most formidable duos in the country, with a double in the 100m and 200m in 4A. Sanaa ran in 11:40 and 23:24, with Sole literally right behind her in 11:43 and 23:27. As if their fast times weren’t enough, they are also both the only girls in all of 4A under 11.70 and 24.6.

In both sprints, both men have achieved a 1-2 finish in every race this season, with their only loss to someone else coming in the 400m in the first week of March.

A year ago, Sanaa won the state titles in the 100m and 200m, while Sole was 2nd and 3rd in the 200m and 400m.

This weekend, they are both entered in the 100m and 200m, and should also help the 4x100m to a title.