One Stride at a Time: NAHS Track and Field Has High Expectations for 2023 season


On the block: Senior star Carl Murray is looking to stake his spot atop the rankings.

Last year, North Atlanta Track and Field went out strong. Not only did NAHS take control of the district and destroy their fellow APS competition, but they also went up against the strongest and fastest athletes in the 6A region. While competing against the likes of Westlake, Langston Hughes, and Tucker, the Dubs managed to rise above them all and secure a regional victory. With the new season quickly approaching, the always-ready Warrior track team looks to add to the North Atlanta trophy case. 

The track and field team has seen a complete resurgence under the leadership of Head Coach Bryce Doe. In just his short time with the program, he has orchestrated countless amazing feats and victories. He has sent multiple athletes to run at major Division One programs while consistently adding to his collection of trophies and awards. The crown jewels of his trophy case are, without a doubt, his back-to-back Region Championships, but Coach Doe is far from done. “I want to win a State Championship this year,” Doe said. “We definitely have the talent for it, but how we look on paper is not what gets us rings on our fingers.”

The goal of a State Championship is certainly not outside of the realm of possibility for the Dubs. They managed to retain key runners,  including speedsters Deshawn Merritt, Carl Murray, Sidney McReynolds, Mallory Jackson, and Camille Williams. Murray, the senior leader of the team, is the focal point of the squad, as he is one of the fastest runners in the entire state and holds both the school record for the 100-meter and 200-meter after just one year at the school. 

While the sprinters turn plenty of heads, the distance runners are not to be outdone. State champions Sumner Kirsch, Teddy Meredith, Sarah-Anne Hamilton, and Catherine Townsend plan on wreaking havoc on the track this year. “We have a lot to look forward to. I think we can make a big splash at state this year,” said senior Camille Williams. 

Doe and the Dubs are itching to get back into action and leave their mark on the state’s track and field scene. With hopes of hardware, there is no shortage of confidence in this team. “I expect a lot out of this team,” said Merritt. “I cannot wait to see all the great things we accomplish.”