GHSA Track and Field
Hill soars to 2nd-place finish in high jump; Viking vaulters finish 3rd, 4th
by Staff Reports
JEFFERSON —The contingent of athletes from Coweta County to open the annual Georgia Olympics may have been smaller than other areas on Thursday.
But the majority made it to the medal stand during a strong start from local qualifiers at the GHSA Boys State Track & Field Championships.
Led by a state-runner up finish by Newnan senior Josh Hill, the Cougars, East Coweta and Northgate all scored points in field events during the first of three days of competition at Memorial Stadium. Action continues today with running qualifiers and the 3,200 meters followed by remaining finals on Saturday.
Hill cleared 6 feet, 8 inches for a personal best in the high jump while tying for the top leap in Class AAAAAA with Region 3 rival Joseph Woodbury of Westlake. Woodbury, however, achieved the mark on less attempts to earn the state title.
“I think it’s a school record,” remarked Cougars track coach Dustin Alley, “but we’ll have to check when we get home.”
Also in Class AAAAAA field events, junior Dartavyous Walker got East Coweta on the scoreboard with an eighth-place finish in the discus. Walker’s top throw of 140-11 came on the second of six attempts.
In the Class AAAAAA meet, Northgate senior pole vaulters Conner Bergh and Alex Anderson both placed in the top-four to give the Vikings 10 points during the first-day of competition.
Allatoona’s Tray Oates set a new state record to win the event with a mark of 16-1, while finishing ahead of Jeff Jernigan of Lakeside-DeKalb at 15-0.
Bergh was third at 13-6 while Anderson finished in a three-way tie for fourth with a top mark of 12-6.
Action continues today with runners from East Coweta and Northgate looking to advance in preliminaries. In Class AAAAAA, Kevin Lashley will compete in the 300 intermediate hurdles while joining an Indians 400-relay team including Nigel Gay, Davion Jackson and Markel Boston.
The Vikings 1,600-relay also advanced to the Class AAAAA state meet after placing second at last weekend’s sectionals. A team of Logan Langner, Malik Wade, Adrian Tolbert and Benton Washington set a new school record of 3:21.51.
The GHSA Girls Championships will be held May 9-11 in Albany.