When the Region 2-AAAAA Track Championship preliminaries finished Tuesday morning at Grovetown High School, the Greenbrier girls were in the lead while the Greenbrier boys were in third place.
At the completion of the meet Thursday night, the Lady Wolfpack retained their top spot while the boys jumped ahead to the top of the pack.
The Lady Wolfpack scored 123 points, holding off Northside, Warner Robins who finished a mere two points behind. Lakeside (103.5) was third, Evans (48.5) finished sixth and Grovetown (18) was seventh.
Behind by 27 points after field events Tuesday (73-46), the Wolfpack soared to the win with 150 points with Northside, Warner Robins, in second with 112 points. Grovetown (69) and Lakeside (64) were fourth and fifth, respectively, while Evans (52) was seventh.
The region championships are the first in a two-step process to getting to the state meet, with the top four in each event qualifying for the sectionals Saturday at Grovetown.
In field events Tuesday, Greenbrier got off to a good start in the pole vault as Michael Furman won the boys crown while McLain Broussard was tops on the girls side.
Broussard cleared 8’6, but thought she could have done better if she hadn’t injured her leg at a meet the previous weekend.
“I hoped to clear 9’6 and be elite,” said Broussard. “The sectionals will be here next week and hopefully I’ll be better.”
Coming in with a seeded jump of 11’, Furman soared past that setting a personal best at 11’6. Furman had been practicing with a longer pole prior to the meet, but went back to his original size and that helped.
“I went back to the old pole and it felt like riding a bike, you never forget,” Furman said. “I know I could have cleared 12 feet but I was tired.”
Greenbrier’s Jewell Smith (5’) won the girls long jump and Dominique Brown (6’2) finished second in the boys high jump.
In the girls long jump, Ashlan Rosier outdistanced the field with a leap of 18’ 4½.
“I feel I could have done better,” said Rosier. “I was at a constant of 17 feet and I’ve been jumping 19 feet all year.”
Evans’ Jabari Nelson won the long jump and shared the same sentiment. “It was good, but I felt I could have done better,” he said.