Prep Track: Trinity Christian teams off and running

alt

Trinity Christian’s track teams swept eight varsity relay events during last Saturday’s first Lions Relays meet at Riley Field in Peachtree City.

By CHRIS GOLTERMANN
cgoltermann@newnan.com
Trinity Christian's first varsity track and field team in the GISA is (excuse the pun) off and running.
Last Saturday’s inaugural Lion Relays were an overwhelming success in the eyes of head coach J.P. Weaver, who watched Trinity Christian's teams sweep four boys and girls relay events at Riley Field in Peachtree City among eight schools in competition.
“As a coaching staff we’re definitely thrill about what our kids did,” said Weaver. “There’s been a strong buzz in the air. There’s a lot of excitement going on with the program.”
Trinity Christian will follow up last week’s meet with its host Lion Invitational, which will add field events this Saturday among a field of 10 schools.
So far young lineups have made an immediate impact. A varsity roster of 20 includes a single senior - Mark Collier — and four juniors, but has made remarkable strides in its first year according to Weaver, whose staff treated last Friday much like a football pregame walkthrough for a majority of athletes competing in their first varsity track meet.

Along with Collier, Trinity Christian's junior class includes Rodney Neely among boys and Sirena Eller, Tori Haldeman and Andrea Campbell for the Lady Lions. Campbell helped lead individual efforts by winning the 100 in 14.25 while Eller was fifth.

Campbell and Eller were on a winning 800 sprint relay with Ashley Caldwell and Ruth Colburn. Campbell and Haldeman also helped capture a victory in the 1,600 sprint medley for the Lady Lions with Andrea Campbell and freshman Nicole Zaubi, who added strong performances individually in the 800 (2nd, 2:57) and the 1,600 (4th, 6:25).

Neely was among the Lions 400 and 800 sprint medley relay lineups with Trinity finishing first in both with respective times of 49.10 and 1:50. The 800 relay, which consisted of two 100 meter legs followed by a 200 and a 400, also included Caleb Nixon, Aaron George and sophomore Joey Armistead, who also won the 200 in 25.19 in a 1-2 finish with George for the Lions.

Neely placed fourth in the 100 and sixth in the 200.

“A lot of coaches approached us and told us they really liked the additional relays because it’s different and you don’t see that in GISA,” Weaver said. “A lot of them said it brought out teamwork. We’ve tried to instill here that track is not an individual sport, it’s a team sport.”

Armistead was also a member of a winning 1,600 relay team with Michael Troyer, Caleb Nixon and Robby Blanchard. Troyer and Blanchard helped add a victory for Trinity’s boys in the 1,600 Sprint relay among a lineup also including George and Ben Peacock.

Individually, Peacock took third in the 1,600 and fourth in the 800.

Trinity Christian's middle school teams also performed well while sweeping both 800 Sprint Medley events as well as the boys and girls 1,600 relay.

Individually, Alec Collins captured the 100 in 13.22 and Cody Totten won the 200 in 13.22. Sawyer Stevens and Hans Troyer finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 800 for the Lions.

Taylor Sullivan helped lead the middle school Lady Lions by winning the 1,600. Sullivan and Trinity teammate Claire Geerlings crossed second and third in the 800 a second apart in 3:28.

Katherine Marinello also took second in the 200.



More Sports

College Football/Where Are They Now?

Former prep stars take Mercer into new conference

There's not a lot of rich football history at Mercer University, but there's plenty of enthusiasm as the private school in Macon goes into i ... Read More


Coweta athletes pick up gold, silver at AAU Junior Olympics

DES MOINES - Just two days into this year's AAU Junior Olympics Track & Field Championships, the luggage already plans to be a little he ... Read More


High School Football

Depth in backfield could give Newnan’s offense a push

Aside from financial recourse in terms of facilities and/or salaries, maybe the biggest handicap high school football coaches have com- pare ... Read More


Indians putting pieces together for first season under Pardue

Steve Pardue has watched his share of East Coweta game film since accepting the Indians head football job in late January, enough to have a ... Read More


Johnson, Hicks close Thunder schedule with third-place efforts

Senoia drivers Tina Johnson and Joshua Hicks closed out this year’s schedule at Atlanta Motor Speedway’s annual Thursday Thunder ... Read More

Hughes again team to beat in Region 3-AAAAAA

Mike McDonald obviously meant his words in jest. But amidst a table of Region 3-AAAAAA head football coaches on Thursday morning, there may ... Read More