Middle School Track And Field
Ford tough: Eighth-grader helps Lee win CCMSAL trophy
by Staff Reports
State track and field champions are crowned every year in Jefferson and Albany.
But the starting line for area hopefuls begins at the annual Coweta County Middle School Athletic League Championships.
Some are already proving ready for the challenge.
Lee Middle’s Carlos Ford set a new shot put record to go along with one in the discus at last month’s CCMSAL regional meet to help his school finish first overall with 194 points.
But wait, there’s more.
Ford’s throw of 55 feet, 6 inches was better than all but one of the throwers at this year’s Georgia High School Association Championships, with only Class AAAAAA winner Jaylan Reid of Hillgrove managing that feat.
Ford, who scored 21 points while also placing in the 100 and with Lee’s 400-meter relay, outdistanced his nearest competitor at the CCMSAL meet by more than 13 feet in the shot.
The throw would have finished no worse than second in any GHSA classification.
Three weeks earlier, Ford set a new county discus record for middle schoolers with a throw of 152-6, despite having to settle for second place last week to East Coweta Middle’s Logan Dockery.
Both discus records fell this year in the CCMSAL, the other coming from Evans’ Lesley Davis with a throw of 94-0 last month. Davis capped off her season by adding a victory in last week’s championship meet, sweeping the discus (88-7) and the shot put (31-11).
While Lee’s athletes combined for 194 points to win the meet, led by 112 from the boys, Arnall posted the top girls effort.
The Lady Knights led the county’s six middle schools with 89 points to help Arnall finish second in team scores with 156.
Evans was a close third overall with 152 points, followed by Smokey Road (114), Madras (71) and East Coweta (57).
Field events were held at East Coweta Middle last Tuesday, followed by running finals at ECHS’ Garland Shoemake Stadium.
In addition to Ford, Lee’s boys picked up a sweep in sprint events from Jovan Rembert, who won the 100 (12.10) and the 200 (24.66). Timberwolves hurdlers Reggie Jones and Jun Kwan took first and second in the 110 hurdles in 16.46 and 16.63, respectively, while Bobby Martin placed second in both the 800 (2:22.68) and 1,600.
The Lady Timberwolves added 82 points to finish just behind Arnall while led by a victory in the 800 by Destiny Gilbert (2:35.48). Gilbert was also second in the high jump at 4-8. Caroline Nelson added a second-place finish in the 1,600 in 6:03.37.
A 400 relay from Lee’s girls made up of Lauren Anders, Maxine Antwi, Lindsay Warren and Trinesha Talley also finished second.
Arnall’s Elise Glorvigen won the girls mile ahead of Nelson while one of three victories from the Lady Knights. Teammate Kayisha Parson finished first in the 100 hurdles in 16.62.
Parson also led off Arnall’s girls winner in the 1,600 relay. A team that included Brielle Horton, Troi Underwood and Olivia Davis rocketed to a mark of 4:29.52 while just missing the county record by just over a second.
Underwood and Davis placed second and third in the 400 while Glorvigen was second in the 800 in a tight race with Lee’s Gilbert.
Evans’ boys scored 73 of its 152-point total, 41 of which were split between efforts from Kadarius Satterwhite and Josh Thomas.
Satterwhite won the high jump (5-6), finished second in the long jump (18-6) aand also anchored the Cougars’ win in the 400 relay.
Thomas won the 400 and finished second in the 200 in addition to opening the 400-relay effort. A lineup of Thomas, Deonte Smith, Geoffery Hart and Satterwhite finished the relay in 47.84.
Evans’ girls were led by a pair of victories from both Davis — including her record-setting discus throw — and Kamara Stinson.
Stinson swept both sprint events, capturing the 100 (13.27) and 200 (27.81).
The Lady Cougars also picked up a win from Callie Bass in the high jump at 4-10.
Smokey Road placed fourth overall while led by the Lady Wildcats’ 66 points. It included a victory in the 400 relay from Shi-Mia Dorsey, Lamirra Henderson, Jakale Payton and Ayanna Harris in 52.67.
Harris added a victory in the long jump at 16-1 1/2 while Ambrella Neely was second in the shot (31-8). Henderson also was second in the 100 hurdles.
Smokey Road’s boys were led by second-place efforts individually from Jay Jones in both the 400 and high jump along with Deonta Terrell in the shot.
Jones also anchored a second-place 400 relay while joining Wildcat team members Mike Petty, A.J. Robinson and Kentez Henderson.
Madras’ efforts were led by Juliana Fugate’s victory in the 400 in 1:03.82 and a winning boys 1,600 relay from Romir Fowler, Evan Mahr, Logan Ostrowksi and Sherman Dewey in 3:55.98.
Ton Evans led the boys individually, placing second in the 100 and third in the 200.
In addition to Dockery’s win in the boys discus, East Coweta picked up a second-place finish in the girls long jump from Summer Madison.