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Hubbard wins hurdle event at sectionals, next to defend state title

There were plenty of top performances at last weekend’s Class AAAAA track and field Sectionals at Loganville High School, led by individual champion Morgan Hubbard.

Hubbard, who is the defending Class AAAAA state champion in the 300-hurdles, looks poised to repeat the feat after a first-place finish in the event at Loganville (44.13). The Heritage sprinter was also the runner-up in the 100-hurdles at 15.13 and the senior will look to improve on her fifth-place state finish from 2013 in that event when the girls state track and field meet begins May 1 in Albany.

Hubbard was also a part of the Patriots’ seventh-place 400-relay team as she joined Lyric Bolden, Brianna Washington and Mia Mclean in a 49.51 run.

Dayo Akindele had himself an excellent sectional as well. The junior was the runner-up in the triple jump, finishing just behind overall champion Desman Martin of Bradwell Institute (46-00.75 to 46-00.50), while placing third in both the 110-hurdles (15.15) and long jump at 22-04. Akindele joined Rontavious Banks, Noel Payne and Cj Stone on the eighth-place 1600-relay team, which ran in 3:26.90.

Bolden was eighth in both the 200 meters (26.35) and 100 meters (12.77), while Seth Fallen placed eighth in the discus (130-01).

Salem will be represented by three athletes at the state meet.

Quintis Maddox finished fourth in the discus (142-11.25), while Licash Lackey and Christian Bagby each placed sixth in the 110-hurdles (15.63) and long jump (21-02), respectively.

The boys state meet will take place May 8-10 in Jefferson.