Prep Track Roundup: Northgate track teams sweep

From Staff Reports
Northgate’s respective track teams held on for victories in Saturday’s Early Bird Invitational at Southern Crescent Stadium in Jonesboro.
The Vikings racked up 165 points to outdistance Luella (154) and Riverdale (137) among seven schools while scoring in every event, winning five of them.
The Lady Vikings followed suit while scoring 157 1/2 points and also finishing ahead of Luella, which finished with 140. Jonesboro was third with 105 1/2. Hailey Gollnick and Alyssa Allen each won a pair of events for Northgate’s girls, who in all, captured eight wins while dominating in field events.
While Allen swept the weights for the Lady Vikings with individual victories in both the shot (28 feet, 7 inches) and discus (74-7), Northgate athletes also won three others in the field.
Kemor Anderson, who placed third in the 100 (12.73 seconds) and fifth in the 200 (27.34) on the track, earned a win in the long jump with a leap of 15-10.
Toya Jantzen tied for the top leap in the high jump, clearing 5-2 to grab a share of first place. Hannah Schaerer won the pole vault at 6-2 while teammate Emily Seiler placed third at 4-6.

Quianna LeBlanc placed fourth in the triple jump.

Northgate’s girls were also strong in both long distance and relay events while led by Gollnick’s victories in the 3,200 (12:24) and 1,600 (5:44.23). Siblings Taylor Lee (3rd, 13:39) and Erica Lee (2nd, 5:56) also scored for the Lady Vikings in the 3,200 and 1,600.

The Lady Vikings won both the 3,200 and 1,600 sprint relay while also scoring twice in the traditional 1,600 led by a second-place effort in 4:19.82. Northgate’s girls were fifth in the 400 relay.

Abby Pinaud and LeBlanc gave the Lady Vikings two scorers in the 400 in second and third-place efforts, respectively.

Kaia Kirk scored in both hurdle events led by a fourth-place effort in the 300 intermediates (56.64).

The Vikings, meanwhile, also swept long-distance events among five first-place finishes. Josh Oller captured the 3,200 in 12:10.92, with Gabe Mendez (12:17) in third.

Evan Vatave won the 1,600 and teammate Ameer Tabbaa placed seventh.

Other individual winners on the track for Northgate included Benton Washington in the 200 in 23.15.

The Vikings added a pair of 1-2 finishes in the field. Adrian Tolbert and Matt Bemister dominated the high jump with top attempts of 5-8 and 5-6, respectively. Alex Anderson and Conner Bergh competed against each other in the pole vault, won with a top effort by Anderson at 13-0. Bergh cleared 12-0 while showcasing Northgate’s depth in the event.

Both Malik Wade and Josh Harrison added second-place efforts in the field. Harrison’s came in the discus with a throw of 106-2 while Wade and David Cooke took second and fourth, respectively in the triple jump.

Wade also scored for Northgate’s boys in the long jump and 200, where he finished eighth. Wade and Demarques Glass were sixth and eighth, respectively, in the long jump.

On the track, Anderson and Tolbert scored in the hurdles, placing fourth in the 110 highs and third in the 300 intermediates, respectively.

Chris Johnson also finished seventh in the 100 for the Vikings.

Northgate had two relays score in both the 400 and 1,600 led by a second-place time of 3:32.72 in the latter. the Vikings were third in the 3,200 relay.

East Coweta and Northgate lineups are scheduled to run in Saturday’s Patriot Invitational at Sandy Creek.

TRINITY BOYS HOST LION INVITATIONAL: Trinity Christian’s varsity and middle school track teams each placed among the top-three among team finishes at Saturday’s inaugural Lion Invitational meet at Riley Field in Peachtree City.

The Lions’ varsity boys placed first while both Trinity girls teams finished second among 10 schools. Trinity’s middle school boys finished third.

The varsity boys were led by Ben Peacock’s dominance in long distance events. The Lions freshman turned in three finishes in the top-three including a winning time of 5:33.1 in the 1,600.

Peacock also placed second in the 800 (2:28.8) and third in the 3,200 (11:46.69).

Trinity boys relay lineups were strong for the second straight week led by second-place finishes in the 400 and 800 meter relays. Both of its varsity entries were among the top-five in the 1,600 relay.

Sophomore Joseph Armistead won the 400 in 54.81.

Aaron George was among three Lions scorers in the 200 while finishing second in 11.87. Noel Fuller was seventh and Rodney Neely took eighth.

Among field events, Mark Collier won the shot with a toss of 35 feet, 4 inches on his second attempt. Fuller was third in the high jump for the Lions.

Trinity Christian's varsity girls team posted a victory in the 400 relay in 57.10 while receiving top individual efforts from sophomore Ashley Caldwell, junior Andrea Campbell and freshman Nicole Zaubi.

Campbell won the 100 in 13.85 while fellow junior Sirena Eller placed fourth.

Caldwell, meanwhile, captured a victory in the 100 hurdles in 20.54 and also scored in the shot put with a seventh-place finish.

Zaubi had three efforts among the top-3 in long distance events, winning the 3,200 (13:55), and finishing second in both mile (6:25) and 800 (2:54).

Freshman Ruth Colburn and junior Victoria Haideman gave Trinity Christian's girls multiple scorers in the 400, placing third and fifth, respectively.

EAST COWETA COMPETES AT GEORGIA CHALLENGE: East Coweta track teams combined for 12 1/2 points during a trip to Saturday’s Jerry Arnold Georgia Challenge meet won by host Mill Creek.

A total of 28 schools participated in the event.

East Coweta’s girls continued to showcase its abilities, including the additions of a talented freshman class, while contributing 9 1/2 points.

Ninth graders Aliah Whisby and Ayanna Reid helped lead the way led by Whisby’s third-place effort in the high jump.

The Lady Indian cleared 5-2 to finish in a tie for third with St. Pius X junior Martinique Edwards.

Reid scored for the Lady Indians by placing seventh in two events, the triple jump in 33-7 1/2 and the 100 meter hurdles in 16.97.

Freshman Mary Kleihauser nearly scored in the discus, placing 10th with a best throw of 85-2.

Whisby just missed out on scoring in both sprints. She finished 12th in the 100 in 13.17 and 13th in the 200 (26.77).

Girls relays were led by a 13th place effort in the 1,600.

The Indians were led by Kevin Lashley’s sixth-place finish in the 300 hurdles in 41.06. Lashley also placed 14th in the 110 hurdles and was 18th in the long jump at 19-3 1/4.

Dartayvous Walker finished 10th in both weights with a best throw of 43-10 1/2 in the shot and another of 122-1 in the discus.

LANDMARK LINEUPS SWEEP MEET AT HOME: Landmark Christian swept a host six-team varsity meet on Saturday with the War Eagles amassing 211 points and the Lady War Eagles 178 in huge victories.

Kathryn Foreman won the 3,200 among girls in a 1-2 finish for Landmark with senior Lindy Long. Foreman’s time of 11:13.70 was the third fastest time in the state this season in all classifications.

Foreman and Long also placed first and second in the 1,600.

The War Eagles were led by Darius Smith’s victory in the 300 hurdles. His mark of 39.04 is the second fastest in the state.

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