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Mount Paran Christian Girls Win State Track Title

Mount Paran Christian Girls Win State Track Title

The Mount Paran girls, who became the first Cobb County private school to win the team state championship, scored 68 points to hold off North Cobb Christian by six points. Whitefield Academy (25) tied for eighth, while Walker (22.75) finished 11th.

"Today was a lot of firsts," Mount Paran coach Wes Anderson said. "It was a crazy day.

"I knew it was going to be a coin flip between us and North Cobb Christian. I tried to figure where they would get points and, each time, they got what I thought and more."

Mount Paran also got a 1-2 finish in the 400 relay. Its "A" team ran 49.08, while the "B" team came in at 49.60. The "B" team's performance proved to be one of the day's big keys.

"I thought we could get first and third in the relay," Anderson said, "but the 'B' team smoked it, too. It was probably the highlight of the day. We had the best eight runners in the 4x100."

Renee Dockins was Mount Paran's only individual winner on the day as she won the 100 hurdles in 15.09, but she set a personal best in the 300 hurdles, finishing fourth at 47.67. That proved to be the title clinching event for Mount Paran.

"She's been working for three years to get that 100 hurdles championship," Anderson said, "but I told her it would come down to the 300. She's been trying to break 49 seconds and, after she ran, I knew all we had to do was not get disqualified in the 4x400 and we would win."

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