County track athletes fared well at the Class AAAAA “B” Sectional at Grovetown High School on Saturday, punching their tickets for the boys and girls state track meet.
The top eight finishers moved on to the state meet.
On the boys side, Darius Watkins and the Grovetown Warriors dominated the sprint events.
Watkins took first place in the 100 meter (10.59) and the 200 (21.58), beating his qualifying times in both.
The 4x100 relay team comprised of Watkins, Juwan Biggers, Terrell Hughes and Linward Jackson placed second in 42.18. Hughes also qualified for the 100, placing fifth (10.83), and Biggers was sixth in the 400 (50.11).
Greenbrier also made its mark in the speed events. Jeremy Harden was second in the 100 (10.61) and the 200 (21.70), Warren Coombs was second in the 400 (49.13) and the 4x100 relay team of Harden, Coombs, Jamal Richard and Dontae Weaver came in sixth (43.02).
Lakeside excelled in the distance events, led by Christian Bowles and Chase Fowers. Bowles topped the field in the 3200 (9:40.94) with Fowers in second (9:42.56). Fowers came in third in the 1600 (4:27.48), while Bowles was seventh (4:34.33).
Greenbrier’s Logan Hughes was second in the 1600 (4:26.96) and eighth in the 800 (2:00.17).
Greenbrier’s Dominique Brown was first in the high jump (6-04) and Michael Furman was third in the pole vault (11-00), while Evans’ Jabari Nelson was sixth in the long jump (21-11.25).
For the girls, Greenbrier’s McLain Broussard took first in the pole vault with a jump of 9 feet, and Jewell Smith was eighth in the long jump (4-10).
Lakeside’s Ashlan Rosier left her mark on both the track and field side. She was third in the 100 (12.24), fifth in the 200 (25.34) and was third in the long jump (17-11.50).
Also in the 100, Evans’ Brianna Turner advanced finishing eighth (12.41).
The Lakeside girls were also tough in the distance events. Sarah Bowles was first in the 1600 (5:17.57) with teammate Lara Way in seventh (5:26.11). Bowles was third in the 3200 (11:15.95) while Lady Panther Hannah Marionneaux was seventh (11:51.69) and Way qualified in seventh for the 8000 (2:25.63).
In the 100 hurdles, Greenbrier’s Alexis Stark (16.20) was eighth while Lakeside’s Heather Hammett (47.72) and Greenbrier’s Kali Cox (47.77) were fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 300 hurdles.
At Thursday’s Georgia Independent Schools Association Region 4-AAA region meet, Augusta Prep’s boys placed third and the girls placed fourth.
Ben Guthrie led the Cavaliers, scoring 23.5 points, while qualifying for the state meet in the 300 hurdles, the 4x100 relay, the 4x400 relay, the long jump and the triple jump. John Earwood won the 1600 and was third in the 800 while Michael Lopez was second in the 3200 and fourth in the 1600. John Long won the 110 hurdles and Mark Tisler qualified with a third place finish in the 3200.
The Lady Cavliers advancing to the state meet were Josephine Beyer, who was second in the 200 and the long jump, and was a part of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. Sydney Isaac was a double individual qualifier in the 100 and 200 as was Jodie Holodak (800, 1600) and Margaret Cavanaugh (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles). Kathryn James moved on with her teammates qualifying in the shot put.