Palmer, Lady Eagles relay capture titles
Eastside finishes third in team standings

ALBANY - The Eastside girls track team soared to new heights during the running finals of the girls state track meet Saturday at Hugh Mills Stadium.

Asia Palmer claimed the Lady Eagles' third individual title in the Class AAA meet with a narrow victory in the 800-meter run. Palmer finished with a time of 2 minutes, 17.55 seconds to nip West Forsyth's Kat Gibson by .18 seconds.

The Lady Eagles finished the meet in grand style, taking first in the event's final race, the 1,600-meter relay. Kimberly Thomas, Palmer, Shyanne Uguwibe and Whitney Martin posted a time of 3 minutes, 56.83 seconds, finishing 1.21 seconds in front of second-place Therrell.

Thomas also added a fourth-place finish for Eastside in the 400-meter dash at 58.01 seconds.

The Lady Eagles tallied 25 points on the final day to finish the meet with 45 total points, which was good enough for third place in Class AAA and the best finish ever by the Eastside girls at the state meet. Monroe-Albany was first with 51, while Towers finished second with 46.

On Friday, Eastside's J'quyia Moncur-Blue made school history by capturing a pair state titles in the shot put (41 feet, 10 inches) and the discus (126 feet, 5 inches).

In Class AAAA, Heritage's Jada Fambrough finished fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 22.34 seconds. Earlier at the meet, she placed seventh in the 1,600-meter run at 5:29.44.

The Lady Patriots finished tied for 15th place in the meet with Mount Zion-Jonesboro at 14 points. In the field events on Friday, Chantai Harris added a fourth-place in the pole vault (8 feet, 6 inches) for the Lady Patriots, while Deja White placed sixth in the high jump (5 feet).

The Salem girls also made some nose in the final race of the meet, placing fifth in the 1,600-meter relay. Alyxandria Pinkston, Jasmine Springer, Shannon Christian and Jaleen Thomas combined for a time of 4 minutes, 4.19 seconds.

The Lady Seminoles finished tied for 24th in the team standings with Banneker, Madison County, Whitewater and Cross Creek at four points.

Southwest DeKalb won the Class AAAA team title at 61 points followed by Starr's Mill in second with 54 and Tucker in third with 36.