Prep Track: Bolton, Holloway win region titles at 2-AAAAA meetFrom Staff Reports
Seniors Jalen Bolton and Willie Holloway helped lead respective Newnan and East Coweta boys track teams with region titles during Thursday's field events of the Region 2-AAAAA meet at Langston Hughes.
Both athletes have earned trips to next week's Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA Sectional Meet to be held at McEachern. For the first time, sectionals will be used to reach the respective girls and boys state meets in Albany and Jefferson.
Six combined runners from the Lady Cougars and Lady Indians as well as four boys entries will have the opportunity to reach the sectional round during today's running finals. The top-four finishers each advance to the sectional level. The top-eight from sectionals then advance to the state meet.
Bolton led Thursday's opening-day efforts for the Cougars by winning the boys long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 11 1/2 inches and also qualifying for sectionals with a fourth-place finish in the triple jump (43-7). The Newnan senior will also have a chance to compete in two more events after reaching today's region finals in the 100 meters and as a member of the Cougars' 400 relay team.
Holloway, meanwhile, successfully defended his Region 2-AAAAA shot put title for the Indians with a mark of 51-2 to outdistance Stephenson senior Amos Harper's put of 50-10 by four inches.
Also qualifying for the sectional round for the Cougars on Thursday were sophomore Josh Hill and junior Max Davis. Hill finished second in the high jump with a leap of 6-0 while finishing behind Westlake standout freshman Joseph Woodbury (6-2). Davis cleared 8-0 in the pole vault to finish fourth.
Hunter and Hudson followed a one-two finish from Luella senior long-distance runners Paige Rankine and Emily Roemer in the 3,200 to qualify for sectionals. Hunter crossed third in 12:58.46 and Hudson was fourth in 13:05. Also scoring in the event were Newnan junior Madison Vermilya (5th, 13:47) and East Coweta senior Amber Williams (7th, 14:13).
Six girls runners, five of which that are member of the Lady Indians, have a chance to join the local duo at the sectional level during today's region finals. East Coweta freshman Adrianna Williams will compete in both the 200 and 400 meter finals while joined by freshman teammate Cierra Swindle in the 200.
Lady Indians sophomore Darian Pugh competes in the 800 and junior Cynthia Swindle battled to earn the last berth in today's finals of the 300 hurdles.
Newnan has junior Nicole Marshall competing in today's girls 100-meter final.
Along with Bolton, today's boys finalists include Indians freshman Satchel Horton in the 800, senior David Singleton in the 110 high hurdles and freshman Kevin Lashley in the 300 intermediate hurdles. Bolton joins teammates Semaj Allen, Deion Poythress and Terrence Jeter in the 400 relay after qualifying eighth.
Following seven events, the Cougars enter today in fourth place with 36 1/2 points, trailing Newton (57), Stephenson (50) and Westlake (49). Luella is fifth with 28 points, followed by Langston Hughes (18), East Coweta (17) and M.L. King (14 1/2).
Westlake's girls roared out to a 24 1/2 point lead while scoring 64 over the first seven events of the meet. M.L. King is a distant second with 40 1/2, followed by Luella (40), Stephenson (37), Langston Hughes (21) and Newton (18). East Coweta's girls are seventh with 15 points while Newnan is eighth with 12 1/2.
Also scoring for Newnan's boys on Thursday were Poythress in the triple jump (5th, 42-11 1/2) and James Primm in the discus (8th, 118-8). Contributing to the Indians' total were Joshua Bruce in the 1,600 (5th, 4:50.71), Dee Godfrey in the triple jump (8th, 42-5) and Dartavyous Walker in the discus (6th, 120-11).
Lady Indians' scorers during Thursday's field events included Allana Simon in the high jump (5th, 4-4) and Zanna Zachery in the triple jump (6th, 32-7 1/2). Newnan teammates Michelle Morelli and Arden Jobe both scored for Newnan in the girls discus with respective sixth and eighth-place efforts of 8.