At least for now, the Greenbrier High track and field teams can claim to be the best in Columbia County.
The Wolfpack played host to the Columbia County Championships on Wednesday, taking on the other public schools.
The Lady Wolfpack scored 190 points, besting second place Lakeside (171), while the Greenbrier boys’ 209 points outdistanced Grovetown in second (134.5) at Wolf Den Stadium.
While some considered it a chance to own bragging rights, others saw it as a chance to fine-tune their squads before heading to the playoffs.
“I’ll take third in the (girls) 4x100 (meter relay) with our horrible handoffs,” said Evans head coach Ryan Bennett. “I know that we can fix it and know that we didn’t get beat at our best.”
Bennett was pleased with junior Jabari Nelson, who won the boys long jump, and senior Myles McDavid, who won the triple jump and was second in the long jump and third in the
While Greenbrier took eight first places, the theme was multiple-event wins on the boys side.
Grovetown’s Darius Watkins won the 100 and 200 dashes. Brandon Coombs took home gold in the 800 and 1,600 runs for the Wolfpack. Jaquez Donalson won the 110 and 300 hurdles for Lakeside, and Greenbrier’s Jahvon Hardrick won the shot put and discus.
Walker’s discus throw of 143 feet, 10 inches was a new school record and personal best.
“I focused on this the whole day in school,” Hardrick said.
Watkins might be the county’s speed king, but the Greenbrier boys own that title as a unit after winning both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
For the girls, Lakeside took home more first-place medals than Greenbrier by a seven to six margin despite finishing second. Brittany Henathore led the Lady Panthers with first-place finishes in the shot put and discus.
Lakeside head coach Derrick Myers was happy with the consistency of his girls, including Jasmine and Erin Payne, and was looking to see how Heather Hammett would perform coming back from an injury.
Hammett did just fine, winning the 300-meter hurdles.
Kayla Tyson led Greenbrier with first place finishes in the 100 and 200 dashes, anchored the winning 4x400 relay and was second in the long jump. Reyna Walker set a school record and and personal best for Greenbrier, clearing 10 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault, was second in the 400 run and led off the Lady Wolfpack’s 4x400 relay.
While noting that bragging rights for the athletes was a part of the day, Greenbrier head coach Kati Smallwood said the meet was about more.
“We want to grow track and field in the county, and having all of us together is a part of that,” she said.