Middle School Track & Field
Lady Knights, Wolves finish first at Seldon Relays
Arnall’s girls and Lee’s boys track teams again look to have a step on the rest of the Coweta County Middle School Athletic League heading into the final stretch of the 2014 season.
Led by a sweep in both the 400 and 1,600-meter relay, both lineups outdistanced the field at Thursday’s Seldon Relays at East Coweta Middle.
Respective lineups are coming off CCMSAL championship efforts from 2013.
The Lady Knights led all teams with 123 points, winning seven events including five individual efforts. Two came from Chasidhe Godfrey, who in addition to earning victories in the long jump (15-6) and shot put (30-10) was a member of first-place relay efforts in a two-team race with Lee for the girls championship.
The Lady Timberwolves placed second with 93 points, followed by Evans (59), East Coweta (46), Madras (30) and Smokey Road.
Lee’s boys scored 121 points en route to its meet title, win- ning the 400 and 1,600 relays and adding victories individually from Gerald Green (200, long jump), P.J. Harris (800) and Peter Walker (1,600).
The Wolves, who had two relay teams place among the top-four to close the meet in the 1,600 relay, held off East Coweta, which placed second with 74 points among 12 athletes that scored points.
Arnall’s boys finished third with 63, followed by Evans (46), Madras (30) and Smokey Road (22).
The season continues with the annual CCMSAL East and West meets at East Coweta Middle on April 16 and 17 prior to this year’s championship meet on April 28-29 at Garland Shoemake Stadium.
Arnall’s girls showcased its depth in last week’s effort, placing first and second in the 1,600 relay to cap off its title the Seldon meet.
Kaysha Parson added a victory in the 100 and a second-place finish in the 200 while joining Godfrey, Jaqueisha Anderson and Brittany Dunnavent in the 400-relay for a slim victory over East Coweta Middle’s ‘A’ team.
Parson also anchored the Lady Knights’ win in the 1,600 relay while joined by Demasia Ingram, Felicia Hendrix and Adrianna Horton. Individually, Hendrix and Ingram placed second and third in the 400 while Alexis Smith and Haleigh Watson were fourth and fifth, respectively in the 200.
Dunavant also placed fourth in the 100 while dominant among sprints.
In the field, the Lady Knights remained strong led by a victory from Scarlett Steadman in the high jump while tying with Madison Ware of Evans with identical leaps of 4-6. It gave Arnall wins in three of five field events.
Also scoring in the field were Anderson (5th, discus), Hendrix (3rd, long jump), Smith (5th, high jump), and Sarah Cook (6th, discus).
As for the Wolves, Green, Harris and Josh Martin each scored in three individual events. Green dominated the long jump with a winning leap of 18-8 1⁄2, nearly a foot longer than his next closest compet- itor, while a force among the sprints (1st 100, 2nd 200).
He also joined Martin. Josh Russell and Nick Kantorzyck for a victory in the 400 relay while a team including Russell, Martin and P.J. Harris led the 1,600 relay. A second ‘B’ team of Julian Connell, Nick Holden, Kantorzyck and Green was fourth in the final 1,600 event.
Other top finishers individually for Lee’s boys included Martin (4th, 100; 4th, 200; 3rd, long jump) and Harris (1st, 800; 3rd, high jump; 3rd, discus).
Athletes with at least one finish among the top six were Russell (3rd, 400), Gavin Scott (4th, 800), Kantorzyck (3rd, 100 hurdles) and Jalen Smith (3rd, shot put).
HIGHLIGHTING OTHER TEAM EFFORTS
2. Lee (93 points): Paishence Collier scored in five events led by a victory in the 200. The Lady Wolves also had individual victories from Lelley Lynch (1,600) and Miya Dean (800). Bonnie Stewart had a pair of second-place finishes in the field (long jump, discus) as Lee’s girls took third in the 400 relay as well as fourth and fifth in the 1,600.
Anna Painter had two fourth- place finishes (400, 800).
3. Evans (59 points): Hallie Goolsby placed second in both the 800 and 1,600 for the Lady Cougars and teammate Madison Ware was runner-up in the high jump. Destiny Derring placed third in the shot. Other top finishers included Tamaria Baker (4th, 100 hurdles) and Hannah Marriaga (5th, 800; 4th, 1,600).
4. East Coweta (46 points):
Cylexus Fowler placed second in the 100 and anchored the Lady Indians’ runner-up effort in the 400 relay in a close finish with Arnall’s ‘A’ team. Joining Fowler were Time- lia Berry, Kimberly Carlton and Andrea Womack. Individually, Berry placed third in the 200 and fifth in the high jump. Haley Davis took third in the 1,600.
Scorers in the field also included Shelby Ussery (3rd, discus; 4th, shot) and Alexandria Colton (4th, high jump).
5. Madras (30 points): Maranda Harbin (3rd, 100; 3rd, 100 hurdles), Meredith Reilly (3rd, 800; 5th, 1,600) and Callie Densmore (2nd, shot; 7th discus) led efforts for the Lady Eagles.
6. Smokey Road: Aliah Beasley earned a victory in the 400 for the Lady Wildcats and also anchored a third-place finish in the 400 relay while joined by Shimic Dorsey, Maxy Gates and Charlotte Kinsey. Dorsey also was fifth in the 100.
2. East Coweta (74 points): The Indians showcased balance while scoring twice in both relays led by a second-place finish in the 1,600 and a third-place effort in the 400.
Individually, Josh Render earned a win in the shot put while Amarii Strickland scored in three events (5th, long jump; 2nd, high jump; 5th, 200) in addition to running on both of the school’s top relay lineups.
Multiple-scorers also included Dantarius Chunn (3rd, 100; 6th, 200), while Austin Holland (2nd, 800), Jake Reed (3rd, 800) and Bailey Psathas (3rd, 1,600) also had efforts among the top-three in events.
Other scorers included Sam Briggs (5th, 1600), Joseph Fryer (4th, 100 hurdles), Ramal Holston (4th, 400) and James Mason (6th, 100).
3. Arnall (63 points): The Knights picked up individual wins from Brayden Carey in the high jump and Jaylen Whisby in the 400. Whisby also scored in the long jump, placing sixth, while also a member of top relay efforts.
Whisby, Carey, C.J. Powell and Chase Manning placed third in the 1,600 relay and fourth in the 400 relay. Individually, Powell scored in three events, finishing runner-up in the 100 hurdles while also fourth in both the high jump and shot put.
Scorers for the Knights also included Manning (3rd, 200), Travis Patrick (6th, 800), Trevor Bishop (4th, 1,600), Juan Calipolitti (6th, 100 hurdles; 6th, discus) and Jaylon Thomas (4th, discus).
4. Evans (46 points): Individual victories from Emmanuel Wil- liams in the discus (112-1) and Zeke McPherson in the 100 hurdles led the way for the Cougars while teammate A.J. Alford scored in three events including a runner-up effort in the long jump.
Alford also placed fourth in the high jump and was sixth in the 400 while Williams took fifth in the 100.
Jaquaz Walker added a second-place finish in the shot while Elliott and Hamilton Schubert placed sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 1,600. James Mason was also sixth in the 100 for Evans, which was fifth in the 1,600 relay.
5. Madras (30 points): Omar Bringas sped to a victory in the 100 in 12.09 and came within five-hundredths of a second from catching Lee’s Gerald Green while finishing second in the 200.
Bringas also placed fourth in the long jump while joined by Romir Fowler, Elijah Totty and Levi Robin-son for a second-place effort in the 400 relay.
Matthew Sutherland added a runner-up finish in the 1,600 for the Eagles who also received fifth- place performances from Hayden Hasberger (800), Robert Givens (shot) and Jake Lyle (discus).
6. Smokey Road (22 points):
Mautavier Parks and Josh DePeaza led the Wildcats with respective second-place finishes in the discus and 400.
T.J. Portress took fifth in the 100 hurdles while Roderick Kennedy (high jump) and Jaylin Williams (shot) were both sixth in respective events.