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GISA state track meet off and running

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Valwood's Mary-Alice Smoot wins 2nd straight AA 1600m title Valwood's Mary-Alice Smoot wins 2nd straight AA 1600m title
Southland's Chris Shattles holds off DWS' Virginia Moore for AAA title Southland's Chris Shattles holds off DWS' Virginia Moore for AAA title
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Hugh Mills Stadium is the hot spot in track and field in Georgia for the next two weeks as two state meets will run there.

The festivities began Thursday with the GISA State Meet.

The private schools are off and running. Thursday's events included qualifying for all of the running events, as well as the 1600m run finals.

Valwood's Mary-Alice Smoot won her second consecutive  girls' AA title, while Southland's Chris Shattles held off Deerfield-Windsor's Virginia Moore for the girls' AAA championship.

Southland's Wright Calhoun finished second in the boys' AAA race.

The field event finals will get going Friday as well as the 800 meter run finals.

On Saturday, the track event finals will take place.

This is the weekend these athletes have been training for all season.

"We put a lot of effort into finishing the year out, and track is one of those things that's at the end of the year, and we look forward to it," says Westwood track coach Earl Ford. "We have a lot of kids that participate, and that enjoy running track."

Ford says the athletes anticipate the state meet all year.

"This is a great environment. We get to see schools from all over that we respect, that we like to run against," he says. "This is the one time of the year that we get to run against those teams."

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