Prep Track and Field

East Coweta lineups 2nd heading into final day of region meet

by Staff Reports

East Coweta put its best foot forward to open the Region 3-AAAAAA Track & Field Championship on Thursday at Langston Hughes.

Both lineups ended day one poised to contend for today’s championship trophies after combining to send seven athletes to the upcoming state sectional meet.

The Lady Indians racked up 60 points between field events and the 3,200-meter run, while earning individual victories in three events. East Coweta’s girls ended day one trailing Westlake by just 10 points. Douglas County was a distant third with 33 points and Newnan’s girls were fourth with 32.

Running qualifers were also held on Thursday.

East Coweta picked up wins in the long jump from Aliah Whisby at 5-0 and Sabrina Lewis in the pole vault at 7-6. Freshman Mary Kleihauer also earned a victory in the discus with a throw of 92-10 1/2. She also scored in the shot put, finishing fifth while just missing a berth in the sectionals.

Also advancing to the sectionals for the Lady Indians were Alona Glenn in the high jump and Cierra Swindle in the long jump. Both placed fourth in respective field events. Anna Weatherly added a third-place effort in the 3,200 among state qualifiers.

Candace Bass and Whisby were among those that advanced to today’s region finals in running events. Whisby qualified in both the 200 and 400 while joined by teammate Adrianna Williams. Swindle also reached the 100 meter final with Bass and sister Cynthia is a finalist in the 300 hurdles.

Andrea Williams and Darien Pugh also reached today’s finals of the 800 for East Coweta’s girls in addition to qualifying 400 and 1,600 relay lineups.

The top-four finishers in each event advance to the Class AAAAAA next Saturday’s sectionals at Roswell High.

The Indians led local boys teams on day one with 56 points to pull into second-place behind Westlake’s 61 1/2. The region’s four other teams were battling for position led by Tri-Cities (37), Douglas County (35 1/2) and Newnan (35).

East Coweta’s boys were led by individual victories from senior Josh Bruce in the 1,600 in a 1-2 finish with teammate Nickolaus Bridges. Bruce, who led qualifiers for today’s finals in the 800, finished in a season-best 4:48.67, just ahead of Bridges’ mark of 4:49.55 — also a personal-best by a whopping 15 seconds in the event.

Other winners included sophomore Bryan Flint (pole vault) and junior Dartavious Walker (discus).

Walker won the discus with a throw of 131-0 and also qualified for sectionals in the shot put by finishing second to Westlake’s Lonnie Perryman at 43-7 1/2.

Flint, meanwhile, matched a season-best by winning the pole vault at 8-6.

Newnan lineups were led by victories by Josh Hill in the boys high jump (6-4) and Elizabeth Westerfield in the girls 3,200 (13:13.04) while qualifying six athletes for next Saturday’s state sectionals.

Among girls, Anna Hudson also qualified in the 3,200 event for the Lady Cougars, finishing fourth. She was joined by Arden Jobe following a second-place effort in the discus behind East Coweta’s Kleihauer.

Hill added a second qualifying mark for the Cougars by placing fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 4-13 and nearly added a third in the long jump. Newnan teammate Stephon Brownlee beat Hill out for fourth with a leap of 20-1 1/2 to give the Cougars a sectional qualifier in all three jumps.

Also advancing for Newnan’s boys was junior Tonaris Portress with a third-place effort in the shot of 43-5 1/2.

Other scorers for the Lady Cougars were Metryes Geter (6th, long jump) and Bianca Bolton (6th, shot put; 6th, discus). Quentin Brittian placed eighth in the triple jump while Jermiah Russell scored in each of the weights (7th discus, 8th shot) for the Cougars. Ben Ketelsen also placed eighth in the 1,600.

East Coweta scorers on Thursday also included Cynthia Swindle and Ayanna Reid, who placed sixth and seventh, respectively in the triple jump.

Indians who scored on day one also included Kevin Lashley (7th, long jump) and Noah Rutherford (5th, discus).

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