Augusta Prep and Augusta Christian battled each other down to the final event in Prep’s quad track meet Wednesday.
The Cavaliers nipped the Lions 89-82, while Westminster (14) and Curtis Baptist (4) finished third and fourth, respectively. On the girls side, the Lady Lions outpointed the Lady Cavaliers 83-74, Curtis Baptist (40) was third and Westminster (22) was fourth.
Augusta Christian ran its second meet in as many days, and head coach Charles Cooper liked what he saw from both his squads.
“We did better than I expected,” said Cooper. “We put the kids through the grind now, and later it’s easier.”
Anna Motes led the Lady Lions in victory, taking first in the long jump at 17’6 3/4 – a new school record. She was also first in the triple jump and 400 meter, second in the 100 and 200 and anchored the Lady Lions second-place 4x400 relay team. She doesn’t usually run the 100, but has qualified for the South Carolina Independent School Association state meet in the long jump, triple jump, 200 and 400.
“I’m working to get better every time and hopefully I’ll be able to do well in state,” Motes said.
For the Lady Cavaliers, Jodie Holodak took first in the 800 and 1600 while Margaret Cavanaugh was tops in the 110 and 330 hurdles.
The boys meet featured good individual performances and a few of the more interesting races.
Despite battling a nagging injury, Westminster’s Evan Downs held off Augusta Prep’s Michael Lopez in the 1600 after Lopez challenged Downs at the beginning of the final lap.
“He’s never run track before, so this is literally the third time in his life he’s run the mile,” said Augusta Prep head coach Tom Holodak of Lopez. “He’s still learning how to run it correctly.”
Cavaliers’ senior Ben Guthrie took first and set a school record in the long jump (20’7 3/4), was second to the Lions’ Grant Newman (42’8) in the triple jump while tying the school record (42’1), was first in the 330 hurdles and held off the Lions’ Spencer LaMunion at the end of the 4x400 relay as the Cavaliers put the icing on the cake with the win.
Newman, the SCISA Class AAA defending champion in the 400 hurdles and long jump, also finished first in the 400 and third in the 110 hurdles. Teammate Dae-vonte Shanks was the fastest man on the track, taking home firsts in the 100 and the 200.
“Overall it was a very good day. I’m pleased and I know the other coaches are, too,” said Holodak.
On Tuesday, Greenbrier played host to a quad meet of its own, with both squads taking first place. The girls topped the field with 120 points, beating Evans (52.50), Jenkins County (29.50) and Thomson (28) in the process.
On the boys side, Greenbrier (97) and Evans (54.50) finished 1-2 again, while Thomson was third (48) and Jenkins County (42.50) was fourth.