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Mary Persons sophomore Justin Wachtel, leading the pack, finished third among all state runners in the 3,200 meters at the Georgia High School Meet of Champions in Marietta on May 17. (Photo/Kip Burdette)

Mary Persons sophomore track star Justin Wachtel placed fourth out of 20 high school racers in in the one mile at the Wingfoot Mile competition in Atlanta on Tuesday, May 21.

Wachtel finished with a time of 4 minutes, 16 seconds at the race sponsored by the Atlanta Track Club and held at Emory University.

Four days earlier, on May 17, Wachtel, who captured the GHSA AAAA state championship in the 3,200 meters on May 9, faced off with state champions from other classifications at the Georgia High School Meet of Champions in Marietta.

Wachtel placed third out of 20 boys runners in the 3,200 meters, finishing in a time of 9 minutes, 11 seconds. Zach Jaeger of McIntosh was the boys 3,200-meter champion with a time of 9 minutes, 6 seconds, followed by Marietta’s Kamari Miller, who took second with a time of 9 minutes, 8 seconds.