GIRLS TRACK: Gordon Lee finishes as state runner-up in Albany

Even with just five athletes competing in just four events, the Gordon Lee Lady Trojans still amassed more points than any other school competing in the Class A public school state track meet in Albany this weekend - save for one.

Marion County was finally able to chase down, catch, and pass the Lady Trojans late on Saturday afternoon as they went on to win the state championship with 84 points.

Gordon Lee took home the state runner-up trophy in what is believed to be the best finish ever by the Lady Trojans.

The Navy-and-White picked up a whopping 61.5 points after the first session ended on Thursday, but with no other athletes competing in the final two days of the meet, Gordon Lee could only sit back, watch, and hope their point total was enough.

It almost was.

Marion's Lady Eagles sat in fourth place with 27 points after Friday's action, but got first and third-place points in the 400-meters on Saturday morning to began their charge. They moved into second place following the 100-meters, and a win in the 100-meter hurdles cut Gordon Lee's lead to 2.5 points with four events remaining.

A third-place finish in the 800-meters gave Marion the lead for good, and they put a stamp on their championship with wins in the 300-meter hurdles and the 4x400-meter relay.

Georgia Military Prep was third with 46 points, followed by Commerce (33.5) and Johnson County (32).

While Marion County was the story on Saturday, it was Gordon Lee who dominated the headlines on Day 1 of the meet.

Katelyn Lee and Anna Pettigrew made history as they became the first two female athletes at GLHS to ever win state titles in two different events.

Lee heaved the shot put 36-feet, 2 3/4-inches on her first attempt and the mark stood to give her a state title. She later blew away the field in the discus with a throw of 120-2.

Pettigrew began her day by winning the pole vault with a height of 8-6, and she later cleared 5-2 in the high jump. The mark tied her with Treutlen's Tasya Burns, but Pettigrew won the tiebreaker, clearing the height in the fewest attempts.

The duo also won state championships in basketball earlier this year.

The Lady Trojans also added to their point total with a pair of second-place finishes. Madelyn Lee finished second to her older sister in the discus (97-10), while Shae Wooten added eight more points with a runner-up finish in the shot put (35-3).

Kalei Kimbrell picked up 5.5 points after tying for third place in the high jump with a height of 4-10.

Our Lady of Mercy won the Class A private school state titles, while Westminster (AA), Cedar Grove (AAA), Marist (AAAA), Dunwoody (AAAAA), and Westlake (AAAAAA) won state titles in the other classifications.