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Track Scores Big in North Atlanta-Hosted Regional Meet

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Junior sprinter Kyla Lestagez competes hard at recent North Atlanta-hosted regional meet.

Junior sprinter Kyla Lestagez competes hard at recent North Atlanta-hosted regional meet.

Ed Pearce

Ed Pearce

Junior sprinter Kyla Lestagez competes hard at recent North Atlanta-hosted regional meet.

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On April 19 and 21, North Atlanta High School hosted the 6A Region 7 Track & Field Championship. In what is arguably one of the toughest regions in the state, one of the largest crowds to date was on hand to see a whopping 15 stadium track or field records broken.

Junior Kyla Lestagez placed fourth in the 100, qualifying her for a spot at State Sectionals on April 29 at Conyers. She also scored in the 200. Freshmen Sydney Tribou, Dalen Saunders-Carter and Traniece Franklin all placed in their events finishing 7th in pole vault, 7th in the 400, and 8th in the high jump, respectively. Tribou’s 7 feet 8 inch vault bested her own school record by two inches. Sophomore Siane Peak placed 6th in the shot put and sophomore Ellie Hankin placed 5th in the 1600. Hankin’s time of 5:23 beat her previous school record by two seconds, pushing her streak of setting school records in every meet she has competed in this year to five.

On the boys’ side, senior Jackson Pearce etched his name in the record books by becoming a two-time two-event winner, repeating as Regional Champion in both the 800 and 1600 and earning him a spot at Conyers. Pearce’s 1600 time of 4:27 shaved four seconds off of the prior North Atlanta stadium track record which stood for three years. Pearce’s 1:56 time in the 800 also broke the previous stadium track record by two seconds.

Senior Majeste Hansberry heaved the shot 44-2.75, only inches off the school record he set earlier in the season.  He placed fourth and will compete at Sectionals. Junior Deondre Ezzard qualified for State Sectionals with a personal record in the long jump of 20-8.5, placing him in fourth. Other boys scoring at region include seniors Matthew Self, finishing 6th in the 800, and Toren Stafford, finishing 7th in the 300 hurdles and 8th in the triple jump. The 4 X 100 meter relay team of Tariq Moore, J’Venique Harvey, Ezzard and Justin Sanders and the 4 X 400 meter relay team Stafford, Self, Mac Bloodworth and Pearce both finished 7th in their respective events.

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