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Evans standout Delley wins 400 at state meet

Posted: May 17, 2017 - 1:38am
Evans track standout Cydney Delley (left), won the 400 finals at the Class AAAAAA championship Saturday. She is seen here pulling away in the last leg of the 4x100 relay to help the Lady Knights defeat Greenbrier at the Columbia County Track and Field Championship last month at Grovetown High School.
Evans track standout Cydney Delley (left), won the 400 finals at the Class AAAAAA championship Saturday. She is seen here pulling away in the last leg of the 4x100 relay to help the Lady Knights defeat Greenbrier at the Columbia County Track and Field Championship last month at Grovetown High School.

Cydney Delley finished off her high school track career in style Saturday.

The Evans standout won the 400 finals in the Class AAAAAA championship meet in Carrollton, Ga. She also added a third-place finish in the 200.

"I had been working really hard for it," Delley said about claiming the state championship. "To actually do it, the feeling is indescribable. It's a dream come true."

Delley posted a pair of sixth-place showings in the 400 - her main event - the previous two years at the state meet. She also finished sixth in the 200 in 2016.

"I was all sixth places until this year," Delley said, laughing.

She entered the state championship with a game plan. Knowing the top two finishers of the two heats in the preliminaries - along with the next four fastest runners - would advance, Delley said she only planned to finish in the top two in her heat. Instead, she won her heat with a time of 56.94 - the second-fastest time in the preliminaries behind Shatara Johnson of Drew (55.93).

"I tried to run it smart," she said, stating she wasn't exhausted afterward. "If you ran it super hard on Friday and gave it everything you had, your body's tired, your legs are tired. On Saturday in the finals, you couldn't perform as well as you wanted to."

In the 200 preliminaries, she decided to give it her all. She ran a personal-best 24.43 seconds, finishing fourth.

In the finals, she competed first in the 400. Delley recorded her fastest time in the event, winning gold with a time of 54.96. She defeated Johnson (56.13) by more than a second.

Later in the day, Delley clocked a time of 24.91 in the 200 to take bronze. She finished just behind champion Hope Glenn of Pope (24.76).

Delley and teammates Ahlexah Clayton, Makayla Hernandez and Madison Starks finished eighth in the 4x100 finals.

In other Class AAAAAA girls finals action, Greenbrier's Kyarra Newton placed fifth in the high jump (5-02) and took ninth in the long jump (17-04.75). Lakeside's Nyasia Green finished 11th in the triple jump (35-08.25).

Kaitlyn Alexander of Evans finished 13th in the shot put (32-03).

In the boys competition, Lakeside's Allen Clark placed second in the 3,200 (9:23.48) and took sixth in the 1,600 (4:22.93). Teammate Jalen Nealious finished sixth in the triple jump (44-04). Clinton Wallace of Lakeside finished 16th in the discus (119-07).

Ty Brooks of Evans placed sixth in the 400 (50.04). Grovetown's Anthony Adams finished 16th in the triple jump (41-06).

In the Class AA meet, Harlem's Aleja Dorsey placed second in the 100 finals. She posted a time of 12.51 seconds to finish just behind Khadijah Montgomery of Temple (12.41).

Later in the day, Dorsey finished sixth in the 200 with a time of 25.80. Sabrina Richman of South Atlanta won the 200 finals, clocking in at 25.25.

In boys action, Harlem's Fernando Wicker finished 13th in the high jump (5-10).

 

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