Show­down high­lights an­nual meet

The Covington News - - SPORTS - GABRIEL STOVALL gsto­vall@cov­news.com

Per­haps the high­light of the two-day an­nual NewRock Track and Field meet at Eastside High this past Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day was a show­down of sprint­ers.

New­ton ju­nior Elija Godwin en­er­gized the crowd with his nar­row win over Eastside se­nior and UGA foot­ball signee Eric Stokes in the 100 me­ters Thurs­day evening.

Godwin grabbed first place with a time of 10.52 sec­onds in the 100, edg­ing out Stokes who ran a 10.67 in his first ac­tion back on the track with Eastside since com­ing back from in­jury. Godwin also found suc­cess in the 200, beat­ing out Her­itage High’s An­thony Cook with a time of 21.02 sec­onds.

The New­ton boys and girls both had im­pres­sive show­ings, es­pe­cially on the track events dur­ing NewRock. New­ton girls new­comer Laniya Rogers swept the 100 and 200 me­ters just as Godwin did with the boys with times of 12.47 (100m) and 25.57 sec­onds.

Such events helped both New­ton squads to strong fin­ishes over­all, as the Lady Rams fin­ished sec­ond in the meet to Rock­dale County with an over­all score of 155.50. Mean­while, the boys fin­ished third be­hind Rock­dale and Her­itage with a cu­mu­la­tive score of 116.

Here are the full team re­sults for this year’s NewRock meet af­ter 16 events were scored:

Girls NewRock Meet Team Stand­ings

1.) Rock­dale County, 175.50 2.) New­ton, 155.50 3.) Her­itage High, 152 4.) Al­covy, 61 5.) Salem High, 20 6.) Eastside, 14

Girls NewRock Meet Team Stand­ings

1.) Her­itage High, 176 2.) Rock­dale County, 164 3.) New­ton, 116 4.) Eastside, 55 5.) Salem High, 55 (tied for 4th) 6.) Al­covy, 43

Sev­eral New­ton County ath­letes, be­yond the afore­men­tioned Godwin and Rogers also fared well in­di­vid­u­ally. In­cluded in those is New­ton’s Ebony Forbes who fin­ished first in the girls 100 me­ter hur­dles with a time of 15.80 sec­onds. Forbes also took home first in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 10 inches.

The Lady Rams also saw Ze­qura Page win first place in shot put with a 36-foot, eight inch toss to beat out Camille Saunders of Her­itage. On the boys side, Godwin wrapped up first place with a 45-foot, 9 ½ inch leap, and Eastside’s Mil­lion Cooper-Con­nally stole the show in the shot put with a 46-foot, nine and a half inch throw. Cooper-Con­nally’s throw barely edged New­ton’s Jeremiah Bun­drage (46 feet, nine inches). The New­ton boys fin­ished sec­ond in the boys 4x400 me­ter re­lay with a time for 3:20.03. Rock­dale’s winning time was 3:17.44.

You can see full re­sults of the NewRock meet at: http://ga.mile­split.com/meets/254579/re­sults/505412/raw#.WOACX_nytPY.

Gabriel Stovall | The Cov­ing­ton News

Elija Godwin cel­e­brates an im­pres­sive show­ing at the NewRock meet Thurs­day af­ter winning the 100 and 200 me­ter dashes.

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