Prep Track And Field

Northgate preps for region with meet victories

by Staff Reports


Chris Goltermann

Northgate’s Brenna Skalski finished second in the long jump at Tuesday’s meet in Fayette County.

FAYETTEVILLE — Northgate’s girls track and field team picked up right where they left off before heading into spring break. Only the Lady Vikings had company at Tuesday’s Fayette County Speed Meet.

This time, the Vikings joined the girls in a sweep of meet victories.

Both Northgate teams came out on top among nine schools in competition led by the Lady Vikings’ impressive 132-point total. The girls were coming off their Coweta County Championship effort from March 29.

The Lady Vikings finished well ahead of Whitewater (88) and host Fayette County (78). Newnan’s girls finished sixth with 57 points.

Northgate’s boys, meanwhile, needed to hold off both Sandy Creek and Griffin to lead team scores among boys while scoring 97 points, one ahead of the Patriots and two over the Bears. Despite finishing just behind both teams in the 1,600-meter relay, a fourth-place finish and five points were enough to hang on to the victory.

Newnan’s boys finished fifth with 62 points, just two behind host Fayette County.

Local teams continue to prepare for next week’s region track meets starting April 18. Northgate travels to the 4-AAAAA meet at Starr’s Mill, while East Coweta and Newnan travel to the 3-AAAAAA event at Langston Hughes.

On Tuesday in Fayetteville, the Lady Vikings showcased balance between both running events and the field, picking up victories from Toya Jantzen in the high jump (5-0), Hannah Schaefer in the pole vault (7-0), Abby Pinaud in the triple jump (34-8) and Andie Martin in the discus.

Martin’s winning toss of 96-4 was a season-best more than six feet than her previous effort at the county championships.

Brenna Skalski (long jump, 15-2) and Alyssa Allen (shot put, 33-6) each finished second in respective field events.

Emiily Seiler placed third in the high jump, matching Jantzen’s 5-0 while also tying with Fayette County’s Ciaira Huges. Northgate’s girls also picked up points in the field from Megan Simpson’s fifth-place finish in the shot.

The Lady Vikings added a final victory in the 1,600-relay with a team of Jordan Washington, Ebonee Echols, Quianna LeBlanc and Kemor Anderson setting a new season best of 4:09.74.

A ‘B’ relay of Caitlin Bellora, sisters Erica and Taylor Lee, and Chelsea Walker was seventh. Northgate’s ‘A’ 400-relay placed sixth.

While unable to pick up an individual win on the track, the Lady Vikings still managed to showcase their depth while being led by a trio of second-place efforts. They included Anderson in the 100 (12.49) and the Lee sisters in long distance events. Erica finished behind Whitewater’s Mackenzie Nail in the mile in 5:54.28 and Taylor placed second in the 3,200 behind Whitewater runner Alana Hood in 13:46.46.

Echols and LeBlanc were third and fourth in the 400. Kaia Kirk added a fourth-place finish in the 300 hurdles and Hayli Verbanic was fifth in the 800. Jordan Washington scored in the 200, placing eighth.

The Vikings were dominant in the field, scoring in five of six events and placing first and second in both the pole vault and shot put. The efforts made up 62 of the team’s 97 points.

Northgate vaulters went 1-2-3 while led by Conner Bergh’s effort of 13-6. Alex Anderson was second at 13-0 and Johnny Gilbert third at 11-6. Teammate Harrison Griffiths was fifth to give the Vikings 29 points.

The team added 19 in the discus, including in a 1-2 finish from Josh Harrison (124-8) and Drew Latham (107-4). Nicholas Blankenship was also eighth for the Vikings.

Northgate’s boys also had two scorers in the triple jump in Malik Wade (3rd, 40-4) and David Cooke (7th, 35-3 1/2).

Senior Adrian Tolbert placed second in the high jump at 6-2. Demarques Glass placed sixth in the long jump (16-9).

The Vikings were led on the track by Benton Washington’s victory in the 400 with a personal best of 50.59. Washington also anchored a fourth-place effort in the 1,600 relay in 3:33.20 on a team including Wade, Tolbert and Logan Langer.

Northgate had a pair of scorers — Evan Vatave (3rd) and Ameer Tabbaa (7th) — in the 1,600 to go with Josh Oller’s sixth place effort in the 3,200. Gabriel Woods also was sixth in the 300 hurdles.

Newnan’s girls scored 40 of its 57 points on the track including a third-place finish in the 400-relay with a team of Kiana Brewster, Ronae Ferguson, Metryes Geter and Ashley Houston.

Individually, Houston was fourth in the 100, Brewster was fifth in the 400 and Ferguson placed fifth in the 200.

The Lady Cougars also picked up 10 points in the 3,200 and eight more in the mile. In the 1,600, Hannah Hudson placed fourth and Anna Haydon was sixth. Elizabeth Westerfield led the 3,200 for Newnan, placing third while Ally Thomas was fifth.

Newnan added eighth-place efforts from Mary Douglas Hallman in the 800 and a team of Deja Atkinson, Ericka Godfrey, Maya Sherman and Samantha Villifane in the 1,600 relay.

The Lady Cougars earned points in the field from Bianca Bolton and Chelsea Smith, who finished third and fourth in the shot. Arden Jobe placed third in the discus.

Cougar junior Tonaris Portress led Newnan’s boys with a victory in the shot at 43-7 while Terrence Geter added a second-place effort in the 100 in 11.22, behind only Fayette County sprinter Alfonso Alexander’s mark of 10.92.

Zach Echols also scored in the 100, finishing sixth.

The Cougars added nine points in both the 1,600 and 110 hurdles. Ty Mossburg and Ben Ketelsen placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the mile. Xavier Collins and Tavone Gould finished back-to-back in the hurdles.

Newnan also had two scorers in the 300 hurdles, Jack Hrinko (5th) and Cameron Darby (7th).

In addition to Portress’ effort in the shot, Kauuntae Mathis took fourth. Stephon Brownlee was third in the long jump and Jermiah Russell was fourth in the discus.

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