LaFayette track teams edge out Ridge­land at home

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - By Scott Herpst

The LaFayette track teams held off county ri­val Ridge­land in a three-team meet at LaFayette on Thurs­day.

The Lady Ram­blers fin­ished with 70 points to get past the Lady Panthers (64), while Dade County (18) was third. The fin­ish­ing or­der was the same on the boys’ side as LaFayette (65) edged out Ridge­land (61) with Dade County (32) plac­ing third.

De­spite win­ning the meet, the Lady Ram­blers won just four events. Al­lie Durham took first in the triple jump (29-5 1/2). Sarah Ray won the 100 hur­dles (22.00). Alona Davis sprinted to a win in the 400 (1:11.32) and LaFayette’s “A” team also won the 4x400 (5:31).

Ridge­land’s girls took home first place in eight events.

Lan­dree Dunn won the dis­cus (80-3 1/2). Ciera Fos­ter won the long jump (16-1 1/2). Laneyah Fair­banks took hon­ors in the high jump (4-4). Mau­reen Ishaya raced to a win in the 300 hur­dles (1:02.81). Ke’Asia Har­ris was first in the 100 (13.45). Kiera Fos­ter claimed vic­tory in the 200 (29.01) and Ma­cie Boren won the 800 (3:08). The 4x100 “A” team also won its race (55.00).

For the LaFayette boys, Ma­son King dou­bled up by win­ning the dis­cus (116-10) and the 400 (57.53). Dee South­ern won the shot put (38-9). Chase Stultz won the 110 hur­dles (18.30) and the 4x400 “A” re­lay team was also vic­to­ri­ous (4:48).

Tor­rance Roberts picked up a win for the Panthers in the triple jump (39-2). Davion Brown won the long jump (19-10). Stephon Walker sprinted to a win in the 100 (11.03).

King Ma­son won the 200 (25.15) and the 4x100 “A” re­lay team also took first (45.00).

Lo­cal schools com­pete at Her­itage

Her­itage, along with LaFayette, Gor­don Lee and Dade County braved the less-thanideal con­di­tions at Her­itage High School last Tues­day night long enough to get in a fourteam track meet.

On the girls’ side, the Lady Gen­er­als had four mul­ti­ple event win­ners.

Taiya Ford swept the 100 (13.56) and the 200 (28.00). Alex Gass picked up wins in the 800 (2:36) and the 3200 (13:49). Made­lyn Thomp­son claimed first place in the long jump (15-0) and the 110 hur­dles (16.25), while Raleigh Lewis won both the shot put (32-0) and the dis­cus (99-10).

Also scor­ing first­place points for the Navy-and-Red were Zau­ren Bur­ton in the high jump (4-8) and the 4x100 “A” re­lay team (54.21).

For the Lady Tro­jans, Kaylen Jack­son won the 400 (1:12.65), Ad­di­son Stur­di­vant fin­ished first in the 300 hur­dles (52.11) and Kaylee Brown took top prize in the pole vault (9-0).

The lone win­ner for the Lady Ram­blers was Tailor Har­ris in the triple jump (29-4).

The girls’ 4x400 race was not run.

For the Her­itage boys, Caleb Boyd raced to wins in the 800 (2:17) and the 1600 (5:11). Ryan Carter crossed the line first in the 200 (24.25) and was the day’s best in the triple jump (40-3), while Lavar­ius Hood won both the shot put (42-10) and the dis­cus (126-11).

Kyler Jones was first in the 100 (11.49). Damian Weekly won the 300 hur­dles (43.91). Chan­dler Hill took top hon­ors in the high jump (6-0). Wes Lozano won the pole vault (11-0) and the 4x400 “A” re­lay team also took first place (4:12).

LaFayette won four events on the day. King took hon­ors in the 400 (57.25). Stultz was first in the 110 hur­dles (16.16). Jalen Sut­tles picked up max­i­mum points in the long jump (18-2), while the 4x100 “A” also won first place (47.13).

Jake Lee had the only win for the Tro­jans as he took first in the 3200 (11:26).

Gor­don Lee has big night at Her­itage

Sev­eral per­son­albests and one school­record were set on Thurs­day dur­ing a three-team meet at Her­itage High School.

It was a huge night for the Gor­don Lee Tro­jans and Lady Tro­jans, who won sev­eral events.

Baileigh Smith swept the dis­cus (95-7 1/2) and the shot put (30-3). Jack­son won the 800 (2:52). Brown was first in the high jump (4-6), while Gra­cie O’Neal raced to vic­tory in the 400 (1:08.66).

Stur­di­vant was sec­ond in the 300 hur­dles, but the fresh­man set a new Gor­don Lee school­record of 50.22 in the process.

For the Gor­don Lee boys, Si­mon McKee­han was first in the dis­cus (109-5 1/2) and Jag­ger Mar­tin won the pole vault (10-6). Kameron Oliver won the 400 (57.75). Jasper Wil­son was first in the 800 (2:13) and the 3200 (10:40), while the 4x400 “A” team also took first (3:59).

For the Her­itage girls, Thomp­son was first in the 100 hur­dles (16.03). Dakota Carter won the 300 hur­dles (43.79) for the Gen­er­als, while Hood won the shot put (45-5).

Dal­ton also com­peted in the meet. Team scores were not kept.

Gen­er­als shine in El­li­jay

The Her­itage High School track teams en­joyed a very suc­cess­ful day at the Gilmer Bob­cat In­vi­ta­tional on Satur­day.

The Gen­er­als took first place in the sev­en­team meet with 48.33 points. Re­gion foe Pick­ens (43) was sec­ond and Rome (31) was third. The rest of the field in­cluded South­east Whitfield (26), Lump­kin County (21) and Forsyth Cen­tral (17.67).

Her­itage won four in­di­vid­ual events. Zack Scott ac­counted for two of those vic­to­ries with wins in the shot put (3910 1/2) and the dis­cus (117-0). Ryan Carter won the triple jump (40-1 1/2) and Lozano was first in the pole vault (11-0).

On the girls’ side, Lewis swept both the shot put (33-4 1/2) and the dis­cus (117-2 1/2).

Her­itage’s girls fin­ished with 40.33 points, which was sec­ond only to Gilmer’s 57 points. Rome (37.33) was third. Pick­ens (31.3) placed fourth. Lump­kin County (21) was fifth and South­east Whitfield (20) was sixth.

More re­sults from these track meets can be found on our web­site at north­west­ge­or­gianews. com.

Coaches and com­peti­tors watch as Gor­don Lee’s Tay­lor Hun­ley launches her­self in the triple jump dur­ing a meet at Her­itage last Tues­day. (Photo by Scott Herpst)

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