By Lucas Hill, contributor
Atlanta, GA – A DeKalb County track and field athlete and two relay teams will be among the honorees at the annual Powerade All-Metro High School Track and Field Banquet in Atlanta next month. The Atlanta Track Club has announced the list of honorees, which include some of the best performers in Georgia history and in the entire country this year.
One of the teams representing DeKalb County is the 5A state champion Marist girls 4x800m relay team, as well as the boys 5A state champions in the 4x200m relay from Southwest Dekalb, according to a press release.
Dunwoody High School senior Alon Rogow will be honored in the pole vault. Rogow is the 7A state champion and achieved the season’s top height in the state. He was also ranked 12th in the United States.
Among other winners that will be formally recognized on June 8 at the banquet in Midtown Atlanta is Alexander High School sophomore Adeajah Hodge. Hodge is honored in four categories – 100m, 200m, 400m and long jump – the first for any athlete in the event’s 58-year history. The rising junior’s personal bests put her on Georgia’s all-time top 10 list in all four events. Hodge is also ranked in this season’s top 10 in the nation in the 100m, 400m and long jump.
“My season was phenomenal,” Hodge said. “It taught me patience and that anything is possible once you put your mind to it.”
Alexander High School’s girls 4x200m relay team will receive All-Metro honors in that category as well.
Two additional athletes will receive multiple awards. Will Sumner, a graduating senior at Woodstock High School is the honoree in both the 400m and 800m. He is the top ranked 400m runner in the country this year and holds the Georgia state record in both events. Sumner will compete at the University of Georgia in the fall.
Malik Mixon, a graduating senior at Westlake High School, will receive the award in both the 110m and 300m hurdles. Mixon, who will run at the University of Southern California in the fall, is ranked number one in the nation in the 300m hurdles and second on Georgia’s all-time list. He also ranked eighth in the United States in the 110m hurdles in 2022 and ninth in Georgia history.
The Most Outstanding Athlete Awards will go to the top boy and girl athletes, both on the track and in the field events, and each winner will also receive a $1,500 scholarship. Athletes are selected by coaches and a vote from the general public which is open now through May 27 on 11Alive.com.
“I look forward to this event every year,” Atlanta Track Club CEO Rich Kenah said. “After watching these athletes compete all season, it’s a great opportunity to celebrate their record-breaking accomplishments at Atlanta Track Club’s longest-standing tradition.”
The winners of the Patty Foell and Hawthorne Wesley Scholarships will also be announced at the banquet. The $5,000 scholarships are awarded by the Atlanta Track Club Foundation and Atlanta Youth Running Foundation to a boy and girl athlete in good academic standing who plan to continue competing in track and field or cross country in college. This year’s finalists are:
Patty Foell Scholarship
– Cara Joyce (Atlanta International School, Yale University)
– Sabrina Mejia (Duluth High School, Georgia State University)
– Madyson Wilson (Westlake High School, Vanderbilt University)
Hawthorne Wesley Scholarship
– Daniel Blaich (Decatur High School, Rhodes College)
– Dawson Livingston (Jackson High School, Berry College)
– Nathan Solomon (Shiloh High School, Georgia Institute of Technology)
The Powerade All-Metro High School Track & Field Banquet will be held Wednesday, June 8 in the Stave Room in Midtown Atlanta. The event is open to all honorees as well as their guests.
Here is the full list of nominees:
From Alexander High School, Adaejah Hodge will be awarded the 100m, 200m, 400m and the Long Jump. Alexander’s girls relay team will also be awarded the 4x200m Relay.
From Woodward Academy, Kenyah Connor will be awarded the 800m.
From North Springs High School, Lottie Chappell will be awarded the 1600m.
From Pace Academy, Caroline Hood will be awarded the 3200m.
From Westlake High School, Jasmine Harmon will be awarded the 100m Hurdles. Westlake’s girls relay team will also be awarded the 4x100m Relay.
From Maynard Jackson High School, Jessicka Woods will be awarded the 300m Hurdles.
From Chattahoochee High School, the girls relay team will be awarded the 4x400m Relay.
From Marist School, the girls relay team will be awarded the 4x800m Relay.
From Carrollton High School, Kayla Pinkard will be awarded the Triple Jump.
From Griffin High School, Zy Thompson will be awarded the High Jump.
From Cambridge High School, Liv Bollenbacher will be awarded the Pole Vault.
From Wesleyan School, Imani Washington will be awarded the Shot Put.
From Stockbridge High School, Jae’l Dunn will be awarded the Discus.
From Allatoona High School, Eric Young will be awarded the 100m.
From Heritage High School, Rashun Fountain will be awarded the 200m. The Heritage boys relay team will also be awarded the 4x100m Relay.
From Woodstock High School, Will Sumner will be awarded the 400m and 800m. The Woodstock boys relay team will also be awarded the 4x800m.
From Westminster Schools, Matthew Fernando will be awarded the 1600m.
From Pace Academy, Edward Blaha will be awarded the 3200m.
From Westlake High School, Malix Mixon will be awarded the 110m Hurdles and 300m Hurdles. The Westlake boys relay team will also be awarded the 4x400m.
From Southwest DeKalb High School, the boys relay team will be awarded the 4x200m Relay.
From Carrollton High School, Amare Hall will be awarded the Long Jump.
From Landmark Christian School, Joshua Smith will be awarded the Triple Jump.
From East Paulding High School, Ashriel Dixon will be awarded the High Jump.
From Dunwoody High School, Alon Rogow will be awarded the Pole Vault.
From Creekside High School, Josh Dare will be awarded the Shot Put.
From New Manchester High School, Seth Allen will be awarded the Discus.
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