Brynne Sumner (left) began her trip back to the state championship by winning the 800- and 1,600-meter runs at the Region 4AAAAAAA meet. She added a pair of wins at sectionals before completing both repeats last week at state.

Brynne Sumner successfully defended both of her Class AAAAAAA track and field state championships Saturday at Berry College.

Sumner defended her title in the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 9.89 seconds to beat Marietta’s Ani Henderson by nearly three seconds, and she beat Marietta’s Ellie Hall by 2.96 second to win the 1,600 in 4:53.45.

“I’m just really thankful I was healthy this year and able to compete against some amazing runners,” Sumner said. “It just meant so much to me to do it again and have fun while doing it.”

Sumner dropped nearly four seconds from her winning time in the 800 last year, and while she actually added time in the 1,600, her margin of victory was twice as wide.

Her two wins this year, combined with her two championships a season ago and a cross country state championship in the fall gave Sumner five career state championships, but she said winning in her last chance made these two titles stand out.

“It as really cool,” she said. “It was definitely bittersweet, though. I’m excited for what the future holds at Villanova, but I know I’ll miss Woodstock running a lot.”

Sumner’s wins gave the Wolverines 20 points, good for 12th and just .5 points behind Cherokee in 11th with 20.5 points.

Cherokee had both of the county’s best finishes after finishing 19th in the boys standings with 11 points.

Jasmin Walker was fifth in the discus and sixth in the shot put, while Sade Aladade was fifth in the high jump and seventh in the 300 hurdles to lead Cherokee’s girls.

Savannah Devine finished fourth in the pole vault, and Lily Cincola was sixth in the 3,200 to round out Cherokee’s girls scorers.

For Cherokee’s boys, Mykal Hogue was fourth in the 800 and seventh in the 1,600, while Corbin McCrary was fifth in the shot put.

Also in Class AAAAAAA, Ameer Salame was fourth in the 300 hurdles and was Etowah’s only scorer as the Eagles finished 30th with five points.

The best finish in Class AAAAAA belonged to Creekview’s girls in 14th with 19 points.

Most of those points came from Makena Gates, who finished second in the 3,200 and fourth in the 1,600. Taylor Smith accounted for the rest of the points after finishing third in the shot put.

River Ridge’s girls were just three places back in 17th with 15 points.

Macy White scored in three individual events, placing third in the 100, fifth in the 200 and seventh in the long jump. She was also on the 400 relay team that finished sixth.

Kofi Reeves-Miller was sixth in the 300 hurdles to lead River RIdge’s boys to 34th place with three points.

Sequoyah only sent two athletes in three events, but got points in all three.

On the boys side, Alex Majeed was second in the shot put and sixth in the discus to push the Chiefs to 25th place with 11 points. Macy Williams got the girls to 33rd with four points after finishing fifth in the pole vault.

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