The best track and field athletes in Class AAAA Regions 2, 4, 6 and 8 gathered at Grovetown High School Saturday to vie for spots at the upcoming boys and girls state track meet.
The top four finishers at respective region meets the week prior qualified for the newly instituted sectional. The top eight finishers in each event at the sectional then moved on to the state meet.
Greenbrier was the host school for the event.
“It’s a little stressful,” Greenbrier head coach Kati Smallwood said. “I wanted to make sure this meet was good. The overall impression I get from other coaches is that it went well.”
That sentiment was shared by other county coaches.
“I’m very pleased,” Lakeside head coach Derrick Myers said. “The kids have worked hard all season and it’s paying off. I think we have a chance to make a dent at state this year.”
Leading the way for the Lakeside girls was Sarah Bowles, who just weeks ago suffered a stress fracture in her right femur. In the first race of the day, Bowles finished fourth in the 1,600-meter run. She later topped that with a second-place finish in the 3,200.
Lakeside boys distance runner Sid Vaughn turned in a second-place finish in the 1,600 then won the 3,200.
Myles McDavid was the standout from Evans, taking fourth and fifth in the boys long jump and triple jump, respectively.
“We’ve done better than we expected today,” said Knights head coach Ryan Bennett.
“The entire season has been fantastic. The future is so bright.”
Along with a win in the 1,600, Greenbrier’s Brandon Coombs took second in the 800 and was on the 400-meter relay team that finished fifth.
“I think I can do way better than that,” said Coombs after learning he finished second in the 800.
Greenbrier also qualified three athletes in the pole vault. Reyna Walker was first and McClain Broussard was seventh on the girls side, while Spencer Bongiovi was fifth on the boys side.
“The team had a great performance,” Smallwood said. “The kids followed through on expectations.”