High School Track & Field
Trinity girls teams win Friday Night Lights meet
Football isn’t the only place where Trinity Christian athletes can excel under the lights.
On Friday at Riley Field in Peachtree City, respective Lady Lions varsity and middle school track and field team ran to victories at the school’s host Friday Night Lights meet.
Trinity’s varsity girls scored 127 points to finish ahead of nine other schools while receiving a strong challenge from Atlanta Girls School in a 19-point victory.
The Lady Lions Middle School lineup also held off Atlanta Girls while scoring 95 points to win their division.
Both Trinity boys lineups placed a solid second overall behind strong efforts from Griffin Christian. The Crusaders scored 124 points to win the varsity meet and 123 in the middle school standings while barely edging Trinity’s 122-point total.
The Lady Lions varsity was paced by a sweep in both the 400 and 1,600 relays along with first-place individual efforts from Ashley Caldwell and Dee Cowan. Caldwell won the 100-meter intermediate hurdles in addition to a pair of second-place efforts in the 300 hurdles and the shot put.
Cowan, meanwhile, swept victories in both the 100 and 200 while also taking third in the long jump.
Cowan anchored Trinity’s 1,600-relay victory in 5:07.79 while teaming with Sara Bryan, Victoria Haldeman and Ruth Colburn.
Sirena Eller led off the win in the 400 relay, which included Cowan, Bryan and Andrea Campbell sharing the baton en route to a mark of 54.58.
Individually, Colburn and Bryan ran step for step in the 400, placing second and third at 1:09 while just 14 hundredths of a second apart at the finish, respectively.
Bryan was also third in the high jump at 4-2 behind teammate Abigail Bryan’s mark of 4-4.
Madison Roberts also scored in two events for Trinity’s girls, both among the top four. She placed third in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 100 event.
Varsity standouts for the Lions were led by Joseph Armistead’s 400-meter victory in 54.07. He also anchored Trinity’s third-place effort in the 1,600 relay while joined by Andrew Awbrey, Aaron Johnson and Ty Templeton.
Armistead, Ben Kritko, Diego Henriquez and Aaron George combined to place fourth in the 400 relay.
Individually, Templeton and Awbrey placed second and fourth, respectively in the 800 with times of 2:23.17 and 2:28.85. Templeton was also fourth in the 400.
George scored in both the 100 and long jump with fourth-place finishes. Johnson took third in the 300 hurdles and Kritko placed sixth in the 200.
Trinity’s middle school student Hans Troyer impressed by winning the varsity 3,200 in 12:13.40. He later helped the middle school Lions to victories in the 400 and 1,600 relays and was second individually in the 1,600 run.
Cody Totten, a member of both winning relays, also won two individual events by capturing middle school events in the 200 and 400.
Jaylen Tindal and Kyle McGuire joined Troyer and Totten in both relay victories. McGuire was on Totten’s heels in the 200, placing second.
McGuire was also second in the 100 to go with a fifth-place effort in the long jump. Tindal placed fifth in the 100 and sixth in the long jump.
Declan Gresham placed second in the shot put and third in the discus, in addition to taking fifth in the 200. George also scored in field events by placing fourth in the varsity long jump.
Other scorers for Trinity’s middle school boys included David Freeman (4th, 400), Jacob Grady (5th, 400; 6th, 800), Bartley Truskolaksi (6th, 400), Edward Berry (5th discus; 6th, shot put) and Sawyer Stevens (4th, high jump).
Trinity’s middle school girls were dominating while paced by a victory in the 1,600 relay as well as individual wins from Faith Robertson in the 1,600 and 800 as well as one from Claire Geerlings in the 400.
Both Lady Lions joined Cassidy Conrey and Katherine Marinello for a nine-second victory in the 1,600 relay in 5:09.20. Trinity’s ‘B’ team of Summer Harris, Elizabeth Boatright, Rachel Rypkema and Kristin McConnell was third.
Harris, Geerlings, Marinello and Conrey came up just shy of another win in the 400 relay, placing second to Creekside Christian by four hundredths of a second.
Robertson dominated individually in the mile, winning by a 27-second margin in 6:44.25. She was also eight seconds of Conrey in a 1-2 finish for the Lady Lions in the 800.
Conrey was also second in the long jump for Trinity with a leap of 12-3.
In addition to her winning time of 1:08.53 in the 400, Geerlings also scored in the 200. Marinello placed third in the event in 29.95 followed by Geerlings’ mark of 31.83 in fourth.
Trinity’s girls had four of the top six scorers in the 400. In addition to Geerlings’ win, Marinello placed third while Kristin McConnell and Conrey were fifth and sixth, respectively.
Sharla Flagg added a fourth-place finish in the 50 meters.