Pepperell, Rockmart battling at 7-AA championships
Only a few points separate the Pepperell and Rockmart track and field teams after the first day of the Region 7-AA championships Wednesday at Gordon Central High School
The Pepperell boys lead the standings with 43 points, while Rockmart is in second with 41 points. In the girls’ standings, Rockmart holds a lead with 37.50 points and Pepperell follows with 33 points. Model is third with 22 points.
Only some of the field events were completed on Wednesday along with the boys’ and girls’ 1,600-meter run and the preliminaries of the track events. The remaining field events and the track finals will be held today.
In the boys’ events, Pepperell’s Brian Tanner won the discus with a throw of 130 feet, six inches, while Jake Ross took first in the pole vault after clearing 12 feet. Camron Miles came in second in the long jump with a leap of 20-8.
First place in the long jump went to Rockmart’s Blake Holloman with a leap of 20-8½. His teammate, Jamal Davis, took second in the discus with a throw of 116-9. Model’s Haden Barker came in second in the 1,600 with a time of 4 minutes, 57.72 seconds.
In the girls’ competition, Model took first in the triple jump with Ebonie King’s winning leap of 32-3¼, and first in the 1,600 as Alex Quarles won in 5:55.41. Pepperell got a first-place finish from Jesse Burkhalter as she won the high jump after clearing 4-10. Trinity Fielder placed second in the triple jump, posting a distance of 31-4¾.
Rockmart’s Miya Christopher won the shot put event with a throw of 36-6¾, while teammates Jie Holmes and Allie Sproull took second in the high jump and 1,600, respectively.