They were on track and they certainly had a field day, but puns don't tell the story of the track-and-field performances turned in by the Augusta Christian Schools squads last weekend at the Gator Relays.
So, let's cut to the chase - the Lions and the Lady Lions were simply unbeatable at Bulloch Academy.
The AC boys and girls posted landslide victories last Saturday in Statesboro, where the Lions and Lady Lions both notched their fourth-straight team titles at the Gator Relays.
"We won the meet decisively, and we were missing several members of our team," AC assistant coach Bryan Wilson said. "Our top two sprinters, Shanice Broadwater and Jordan Little, were unable to attend, as was another of our best sprinters, Hannah Hoover."
High jumper Brittany Little, as well as Sarah Beth McKinney and Helen Cave, also missed the meet, but that didn't stop the AC girls from taking a bite out of the competition at the Gator relays, and at every other meet for that matter.
The Lady Lions, led by University of Georgia signees Rebekah Madebach and Sarah Madebach, have placed first in every event so far this season.
The Lions, meanwhile, have used a combination of speed and strength to dominate opponents in 2004. Dan Wiley, Andrew Fisher, Danny Dickinson Cole Rabun and Drew Snelling have paced AC in the track events, with Israel Machovec topping the field in the shotput and discus events.
Augusta Christian is gearing up for the Region 4-AAA meet on April 20 at Augusta Preparatory Day School, and AC's top athletes will be shooting for championships at the Georgia Independent Schools Association Class AAA state meet April 30 in Albany.
Augusta Christian placers
Boys: 3,200 meters - Dan Wiley, first (10:49), Jon Kilpatrick, second (11:38); Pole Vault - Andrew Fisher, first (20 feet, 5 1/2 inches), Alden Fisher, third (7 feet, 6 inches); Triple jump - Andrew Fisher, first (43 feet, 2 1/2 inches), Will Wright, second (34 feet, 1 inch); Shotput - Israel Machovec, first (45 feet, 1 1/2 inches), Drew Snelling, second (45 feet); Discus - Israel Machovec, first (147 feet, 10 inches), Drew Snelling, fourth (111 feet, 1 inch); 4x100 Relay - Andrew Fisher, Danny Dickinson, Drew Snelling, Cole Rabun, first (:45.6), Alden Fisher, Will Wright, Austin Greene, Kyle Redd, sixth (:50.19); 110 Hurdles - Howard Walls, first (:15.05), Kyle Meeks, sixth (:12.59); 1,600 meters - Jon Kilpatrick, second (5:08); Lexton Smith, third (5:11); 400 meters - Andrew Fisher, first (:56.38); Andre Fields, sixth (:63.87); 330 Hurdles - Danny Dickinson, second (:42.14), Howard Walls, third (:46.7); 800 meters - Dan Wiley, first (2:06), Lexton Smith, fourth (2:22); 200 meters - Cole Rabun, first (:23.2), Drew Snelling, fourth (:24.9); 4x400 Relay - Cole Rabun, Danny Dickinson, Andrew Fisher, Dan Wiley, first (3:41), Drew Snelling, Will Wright, Kyle Redd, Alden Fisher, second (3:52).
Girls (times and distances unavailable): 3,200 meters - Rebekah Madebach, first, Sarah Madebach, second; High Jump - Rebecca Surles, fourth; Long Jump - Whitney Waters, fourth, Brantlee Fields, sixth; Triple Jump - Rebekah Madebach, third, Whitney Waters, fifth; Shotput - Eve Machovec, first, Virginia Wright, second; Discus - Eve Machovec, first, Lynlee Satcher, third; 400-meter Relay - Sarah Madebach, Rebekah Madebach, Whitney Waters, Eve Machovec, first; 100-meter Hurdles - Virginia Wright, first; 100 meters - Whitney Waters, fifth; 1,600 meters - Sarah Madebach, first, Annie Kim, third; 400 meters - Eve Machovec, fourth, Brantlee Fields, sixth; 300-meter Hurdles - Lynlee Satcher, first, Eva Dickinson, second; 800 meters - Rebekah Madebach, first, Annie Kim, fourth; 4X400 Relay - Sarah Madebach, Rebekah Madebach, Annie Kim, Eve Machovec, second, Whitney Waters, Lynlee Satcher, Brantlee Fields, Rebecca Surles, fifth.
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