Yesterday, our young charges competed in the GISA I-AA Region Track and Field Championship at Flint River Academy. All athletes placing among the top four in their respective events earned a berth to compete in the state championship meeting of athletes in Albany, Ga. At the venerated track, Hugh Mills Stadium, April 27-29th. Ultimately, the boys team earned silver, while the girls won bronze. The girls and boys complete a strong season, remaining undefeated in the Atlanta Athletic Conference (a single tie for the girls).The girls earning the privilege to compete at the state level are: Melani McMillon-4th in the 100m in 15.27, and 3rd in the 400m at 1:16.11; Kendra Freedman, 4th in the 800m at 3:36; Brianna Worrell in the 1600m run at 2nd in 7:19; both Claire Wylie and Gwen Waitley in the 3200m run in 2nd and 3rd, respectively, with times of 17:24 and 18:34; additionally, the girls 4X400m relay squad of Michelle Finnell, Melani McMillon, Natalie Yager and Kendra Freedman placed 4th at 6:02.
The boys who advanced to the state meet in stellar fashion are: (our high scorer for the meet at 22 points) Andrew DesRoches, who placed 1st in the 3200m in 13:07, 2nd in the 1600m at 5:39, and 4th in the 800m in 2:43, while anchoring our “B” 4X400m relay team to 5th. Teammate George Barham earned 2nd in the 3200m in 13:12, and 4th in the 1600m run in 6:13. In the 110m High hurdles, Larry Orsini and Joe Matsumoto qualified in 2nd and 4th in 22.80 and 24.24, respectively. Turner Bynum qualified in the 300m intermediate hurdles with a 4th place in 57.26, while Larry suffered an unfortunate knee injury and was forced to abandon the race. Harrison Rowell qualified in each event he entered; Rowell earned 2nd in the shot at 40’1”, 4th in the 100m dash in 12.73, and as part of both the 4X100m and 4X400m relay teams. Kia Smith qualified in the 4X100m relay in 4th and in the 200m dash in 24.89. The 4X100m relay squad of John Brown, Harrison Rowell, Kia Smith and DJ Watts qualified in 4th at 51.47. The 4X400m relay contingency of Rowell, Harper, Bynum and Lawlor made the standard in 3rd in 4:27.39. DJ Watts qualified in 2nd in the high jump with a 5’02” clearance. John Brown leapt to a tie for 3rd at 17’03. DJ returned with a bronze in the triple jump at 34’05.25”. James Pumphrey earned bronze in the discus to qualify, and set yet another Personal record in the process. Thank you for your continued support of these fine young student athletes.