Track season in full swing for local teams
The Heritage Lady Generals won eight events to claim victory in a three-team home meet last Tuesday, while the Generals took first in nine events to pick up the win on the boys’ side.
Heritage’s girls finished with 89 points to hold off Gordon Lee (69) for the win. Ridgeland (23.5) was third.
Taiya Ford won the 100 (13.10) and the 200 (28.49) for the home team. The other multiple event winner was Raleigh Lewis, who easily swept the shot put (30-11) and discus (114-0).
Other winners for the Navy-and-Red included Ana Driskell in the 1600 (6:45), Alex Gass in the 3200 (13:49), Madelyn Thompson in the 100 hurdles (16.61) and the 4x100 “A” relay team (52.88).
Gracie O’Neal won both the 400 (1:04) and the 800 (2:30) for the Lady Trojans, while freshman Kaylee Brown took the top spot in the high jump (5-1) and the pole vault (9-0). Taylor Hunley claimed victory in the 300 hurdles (52.15), while the 4x400 “A” relay team also won (4:49).
The lone win for the Lady Panthers was turned in by Ciera Foster in the long jump (15-9).
On the boys’ side, Heritage pulled away with 116.67 points to easily outdistance Ridgeland (43.33) and Gordon Lee (41).
Damian Weekly swept the 110 hurdles (16.87) and the 300 hurdles (43.56), while Lavarius Hood won the shot put (43-4 1/2) and the discus (128-9 1/2).
Also picking up first place points were Ryan Carter in the 200 (23.52), Cameron Evans in the 400 (55.38), Caleb Boyd in the 800 (2:14), Chandler Hill in the high jump (6-0) and the 4x400 “A” relay team (3:53).
Ridgeland’s winners included Torrance Roberts in the long jump (19-6) and the triple jump (38-9 1/4), A’zavier Blackwell in the 100 (10.97) and the 4x100 “A” relay team (44.80).
Jasper Wilson won the 1600 for Gordon Lee (5:00). Jake Lee race to a win in the 3200 (11:16) and Jagger Martin won the pole vault (11-0).
LFO boys win at Heritage
On Thursday, the LFO boys’ track team collected 198 points to hold off Heritage (173) and Southeast Whitfield (161) in a three-team meet at Heritage.
The Warriors picked up first place points in seven different events. Devin Duncan was the only multiple winner as he won the long jump (18-11) and the 200 (24.02).
Other winners included Omar Nichols in the 300 hurdles (46.84), Patryk Gilbert in the high jump (5-10), Nick Culpepper in the shot put (40-7 1/2) and Lee McCracken in the discus (119-11). The 4x100 “A” relay team also won in a time of 46.34 seconds.
Finishing second for LFO was Blake Thornburg in the 110 hurdles and in the pole vault, Kyle Pursley in the high jump, Darrayn Miles in the long jump and McCracken in the shot put.
Third place finishers included Will Wooten in the discus, Jerry Jackson in the long jump, Gilbert in the
pole vault, Thornburg in the 300 hurdles and Miles in the 100.
Gabe Ogle claimed victory for the Generals in the 100 (11.50). Lance Marshall raced to the win in the 3200 (12.44) and Maddox Rose won the pole vault (9-3/4).
Second place finishers included Malik Dumas in the 100, Zack Locke in the 800, Kobe Beaty in the discus and the 4x400 “A” relay team.
Earning third place for Heritage was Locke in the 1600, Landon Pickett in the 800, Jake Krajeskey in the 3200, Jack Showalter in the 110 hurdles and the 4x100 “B” relay team.
On the girls’ side Southeast Whitfield collected 178 points to easily outdistance LFO (108) and Heritage (56) for the top spot.
Jerriale Jackson had a big day for the Lady Warriors as she won the 100 (13.28), the 200 (27.95) and the long jump (16-4). LFO’s “A” relay teams also won the 4x100 (53.02) and the 4x400 (4:43).
Shay Reed and Jerrian Jackson were second in the 400 and the long jump, respectively. Shaniyah Jones was third in the long jump and the 4x400 “B” team also placed third.
For Heritage, Tayler Coleman was second in the discus. Bailey Burt was third in the 400 and Lauren Penny was third in the 1600.
Heritage teams fifth in Calhoun
The Heritage track teams competed in the 11-team Mohawk Invitational meet at Gordon Central High School on Saturday.
The Lady Generals took fifth place in the girls’ team standings. Lewis had the only victory as she threw the discus 111-feet, 9-inches to win the event. Lewis also placed second in the shot put.
Heritage third-place finishers included Thompson in the 100 hurdles and the school’s 4x100 “A” relay team. Thompson also placed fourth in the long jump, while Mariah McCrary was fourth in the discus. Zauren Burton took fifth in the high jump.
Dalton’s girls won the meet with 130 points, followed by Riverdale (111) and Rockmart (80). Heritage (52) was fifth and Ringgold (36) was seventh.
On the boys’ side, Hood was first for the Generals in the discus (127-4) and second in the shot put, while teammate Zack Scott was third in both events.
Wes Lozano was fourth in the pole vault for Heritage, while Weekley was fourth in the 300 hurdles. Earning fifth place points for the Generals was Carter in the triple jump, Kyler Jones in the 100 and the “A” teams for both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
Dalton’s boys made it a clean sweep after amassing 110.5 points. Riverdale (106) was a close second and Rockmart (79.25) was third. Heritage (69.75) was fifth and Ringgold (19.75) placed ninth.
Ridgeland boys second in Dalton
The Ridgeland Panthers amassed 74.5 points and placed second in five-team meet at Dalton this past Thursday.
Dalton won the meet with 124 points. Chattooga (68) was third, followed by Murray County (59.5) and Northwest Whitfield (13).
Dalton also won the girls’ team title with 151 points, while Northwest (65), Chattooga (50), Ridgeland (38) and Murray County (8) rounded out the scoring.
Individual results were not able to be published before press time.
LFO’s Jakia Bentley sprints down the track during last week’s three-team meet at Heritage High School. The LFO boys won the meet, while the LFO girls finished second to Southeast Whitfield. (Photo by Scott Herpst)