Boys take first, girls second at Loch Johnson Invitational

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By R. Alan Richardson

sports editor

Morgan County’s 2019 track squads are setting the tone for what could be one of the better seasons in recent memory.  Both the boys and girls continue to improve their times, distances, and heights in all events.  This past weekend at Cedar Shoals in the Loch Johnson Invitational, they again exceeded expectations to bring home a first-place trophy in the boys’ meet and a second-place finish in the girls’.

The win for the boys did not come without a little controversy.  Coach Aubrey Fortson had to appeal/protest the final points outcome when two events weren’t counted correctly in the final tally.  After further consideration, the Dogs were awarded first place in the lengthy day-long event.

Coach Aubrey Fortson commented, “The two events in question were actually just “for fun” events that aren’t even considered in most invitationals like this one.  There was a 100 meters run for the throwers and a throwing relay as well.  After reviewing the results, it was found that we actually had the highest point total for the day.”  He added, “This might have been the best performance I’ve seen by a team since I’ve been coaching track.  We had somewhere around 66 personal bests according to Mile Split.  It was a lot.  There were also some more school records that were set.  It was a great showing for us.  If the guys continue to improve, we should make a strong push for a Region Championship April 24 and 26.”

Girls head coach Patrick Kicklighter said, “This was a crucial meet in that we needed to really set the tone for the rest of the season. The team did not disappoint. It was a long hot day (10 hours) and every single one of our athletes gave it their all. We brought home a lot of medals which I am super proud of, but the key aspect is that every single one of these amazing young people gave it their best and recorded personal bests along the way. We continue to work hard, keep our eyes on the finish, and consistently get better. These young people have the best attitude. I cannot express how much I have enjoyed coaching this team.”

Teams Results

Girls – 2nd overall

Boys – 1st overall (After protest)

High Point for Morgan County track team

Girls – Tianna Adams- 20 points

Boys – Seth Robertson-24 

School Record broken on Milesplit

David Williams – Shot put- 44-4

David Williams – Discus- 121-10

LeMeysia Wade – Triple jump 32-8.5

Girls’ Results

100m – Tamia Benford – 6th

200m – Tamia Benford – 7th

800m – Breanna Clark – 5th

1600m – Breanna Clark – 4th; Daisy Jane Buck – 6th; Hannah Long – 8th

3200m – Daisy Jane Buck – 4th

100m Hurdles – Miranda Powell – 1st; Akia Kitchen – 7th

300m Hurdles- Miranda Powell – 2nd; Akia Kitchen – 3rd

4×100 team – 3rd place

4×400 team – 2nd 

Throwers 4×100 – 1st

High Jump – Taylor Wilson – 3rd

Long Jump – Jade Spell – 4th; La’Meysia Wade – 6th

Triple Jump – La’Meysia Wade – 2nd; Jade Spell  – 3rd 

Shot Put – Tianna Adams – 1st; Miracle Hunter – 3rd; NeShay Cobb – 8th

Discus- Tianna Adams – 1st ; Mircale Hunter – 7th;  Ne’Shay Cobb – 8th

Boys’ Results

100m – Juwon Moore – 3rd

200m – Seth Roberton – 6th

400m -Donald Brooks – 5th; Jarred Hawins – 6th; Zan Mahone – 8th

800m – Christropher Bailey – 6th; Trey Mapp – 7th

1600m – Trey Mapp – 8th 

3200m – Will Paschal – 3rd; Levi Whitaker – 7th

110 Hurdles – Quinton Proby – 1st; Caleb Williams – 3rd; Derrick Reid – 6th

300 Hurdles – Quinton Proby – 3rd; Derrick Reid – 7th

Throwers relay team 4x100m – 2nd

4x100m relay team – 3rd

4x400m relay team – 2nd

4x800m relay team – 3rd

High Jump – Donald Brooks – 1st; Stevin Greene – 2nd; Chris Williams – 5th; Damien Walker – 7th

Long Jump – Seth Robertson – 1st; Stevin Greene – 4th

Triple Jump – Seth Robertson – 2nd

Discus – David Williams – 3rd

Shot Put – David Williams – 3rd; Derrence Nash – 4th

The Dogs will face off with several schools this Friday, Mar. 29 at the Oconee County Friday Night Lights Invitational.

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