East Coweta athletes headed to sectionals after 2nd-place efforts


East Coweta’s track-and-field program came home from last week’s Region 3-AAAAAA Championships with a pair of second-place finishes behind only respective lineups from Westlake.

The Indians led all local teams with 133 points to finish behind the Lions, who had 177 1/2 while posting four national elite times. Josh Poole led region champion Westlake while involved in a pair, including an individual win in the 100 meters in 10.77.

Senior Josh Bruce and sophomore Kevin Lashley led East Coweta with wins in the 800 and 300-hurdles, respectively. Both of the Indians’ ‘A’ relays also advanced to Saturday’s GHSA Sectionals by finishing among the top-four region placers.

The Lady Indians may have been even more successful while putting together 120 points, despite finishing a distant 82 behind champion Westlake. 

East Coweta’s girls qualified for sectionals in all but two of Saturday’s running finals while matched up against a Lady Lions roster that had 18 times that were qualified for the national silver standard.

Candice Bass (100), Aliah Whisby (200, 400), Adrianna Williams (400), Andrea Williams (800, 1600) and Darian Pugh (1,600) all advanced individually while also participating on qualifying 400 and 1,600-relay teams.

Newnan teams each placed sixth. The Cougars scored 65 points while sending five athletes to Saturday’s sectionals. Ian Alce held on in the 100 to finish fourth in 11.22 while Terrance Geter qualified in the 200 by also placing fourth during the final day of the region meet.

The Lady Cougars scored 37 points, with Elizabeth Westerfield (3,200) and Arden Jobe (discus) advancing to sectionals.

East Coweta had a dozen girls contribute to qualifying efforts during the region meet including a pair in both the 400 and 1,600. Freshman Aliyah Whisby (59.25) and sophomore Adrianna Williams (59.66) placed third and fourth in the 400. 

Junior Darian Pugh and freshman Andrea Williams finished second and third for the Lady Indians in the 1,600, Pugh at 5:44 and Williams in 5:46.

All four participated on third-place Lady Indians relays that qualified for Saturday’s Class AAAAAA Sectionals in Roswell. A 400 relay of Candace Bass, Madison Carter, Pugh and Cierra Swindle finished in 49.60 while Alona Glenn, Whisby, Matarica King and Williams finished the 1,600 relay in 4:04.90.

Other individual state qualifiers for East Coweta’s girls in last Saturday’s running finals included Bass in the 100 (4th, 12.62), Whisby in the 200 (3rd, 25.29) and Andrea Williams in the 800 (4th, 2:36.44). 

The Lady Indians had multiple scorers in 7 of the final 9 events of the meet. 

East Coweta’s boys scored in all nine running finals on Saturday, advancing to the state sectionals in six of them.

Lashley qualified in both hurdles, winning the 300 intermediates in 40.30 and placing third in the 110 highs in 15.60. He was also on the Indians’ third-place 400 relay with senior Nigel Gay, freshman Davion Jackson and junior Markel Boston in a season-best time of 43.33.

East Coweta’s 1,600 relay of Boston, Jackson, Lashley and Bruce finished second in another season best of 3:26.95.

Bruce and Satchel Horton led the 800, both in personal-best efforts. Bruce won the event in 2:02.25 while Horton crossed in 2:04.56 after just missing a qualifying time in the 400, finishing fifth by less than a second. 

Jackson, meanwhile, advanced to the state sectionals in the 200, placing third in 23.01. He also scored in the 100, finishing sixth. 

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