Sandy Creek senior Grant is fastest 800-meter runner in Georgia history
In what was an unforgettable year for high school track and field in the state of Georgia, Atlanta Track Club named one of the strongest All-Metro Track & Field Teams in its 59-year history May 26. The team includes 25 state champions and three newly-crowned state record holders representing 23 schools from eight counties.
One of those new state record holders is Sandy Creek senior Isis Simone Grant. Grant ran 2:06.08 at last week’s Wingfoot Night of Champions to take more than a second off the old state record. Grant’s time is the sixth fastest in the country this year. She will run for Oklahoma State University in the fall.
Three of this year’s honorees were selected for two events. Maurice Gleaton, a sophomore at Langston Hughes High School in Fairburn sprinted into the state record books at the GHSA 6A State Championship this year, winning his preliminary heat in 10.14 and breaking the eight-year-old state record for the event. Gleaton, who won the season-ending Wingfoot Night of Champions last weekend, is ranked fifth in the nation in the 100m. He’s also ranked seventh in the nation in the 200m with his 20.52 victory at regionals, the second fastest time in Georgia history.
Douglas County High School senior Skylar Soli is being honored in both the shot put and in the discus. Soli, who will compete at Ole Miss in the fall, is ranked 10th in the shot put on the Georgia all-time list for her 47-4.5 winning throw at last week’s Wingfoot Night of Champions. She was the 6A State Champion in both events.
Pace Academy junior Caroline Hood is the honoree in the 1600m and 3200m. Hood was the 2A State Champion and Georgia’s top ranked runner in both events this year with times of 4:53.65 and 10:29.01. She won the 3200m at the state meet by 33 seconds.
Athletes are selected based on season-wide performance, place at the state meet, season’s best and head-to-head athletes. The metro-area is defined as the 14 counties touching Fulton or Dekalb or Cobb Counties.
Voting is open now for the Most Outstanding Athlete Awards. The final awards of the night will go to the top boy and girl athletes both on the track and in the field events. Athletes are selected by coaches and a vote from the general public which is happening through June 1 on 11Alive.com.
“The 2023 track and field season is one we will be talking about for years to come,” said Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s CEO. “We are honored to play a part in the track and field journey of the sport’s next generation.”