Sandy Creek High School hosted the best track & field athletes Wednesday night at the Fayette County Track Meet on Wednesday Night. Fayette County, McIntosh, Sandy Creek, Whitewater, and Our Lady of Mercy all brought their best to the competition.
Is there a changing of the guard in boys track in Fayette County? In the boys varsity division, it was Whitewater edging Sandy Creek by five points,160-155, for first place. It counts as a huge win for Whitewater because Sandy Creek has dominated not only Fayette County but the entire state of Georgia over the last two years. McIntosh came in third place for the boys varsity division with 134 points.
The Whitewater Wildcats went into the final event, the 4×400 relay, leading Sandy Creek by only four points. All the Patriots needed to do win overall was come in first place and have Whitewater come in third place, however, the Wildcats ran like wild cats and established a lead that proved to be too much for Sandy Creek. Whitewater won the 4×400 and won the meet with a time of 3:25.29. Whitewater’s winning team consisted of Matthew Grant, Zach McKen, Vincent Morris, and Nic Watson. Sandy Creek finished second with a time of 3:29.22 with their team of Michael Jones, Ian Barnes, Livinus Collins, and Noah Williams.
It was a bit of sweet revenge for the Wildcats, as they finished third in the state last year when Sandy Creek won the state.
Sandy Creek’s Javan Hawes won the 100 Meter Dash with a time of 10.93. Seth Holloway of Fayette County finished second with a time of 10.98 and Korey Banks finished third with a time of 11.05.
Holloway took the 200 Meter Dash with a time of 22.42. Banks finished second with a time of 22.57 and Matthew Grant came in third with a time of 22.94.
Livinus Collins of Sandy Creek won the 400 Meter Dash with a time of 49.67. Trey Johnson of Fayette took second with a time of 50.25 and Matthew Grant of Whitewater won third with a time of 50.88.
Sandy Creek’s 4×100 team of Javan Hawes, Ian Barnes, Michael Jones, and Korey Banks finished first with a time 0f 42.31.
Whitewater dominated the distance running as Parker Nail won the 800 Meter Run with a time of 1:59.17. Conner Reynolds of McIntosh won the 1600 Meter Run with a time of 4:34.07. He was followed Harry Harp and Thomas Adkins of Whitewater for second and third place respectively.
In the 3200 Meter Run, it was Whitewater’s Parker Nail and Don Harp taking first and second respectively. Zach Jaegar of McIntosh took third.
In other results, Michael Jones of Sandy Creek won both the 110 meter and 300 meter hurdles, Madias Loper of Whitewater won the discus and shot put, Taj Dodson of Our Lady of Mercy won the high jump, Omarian Clemons of Sandy Creek won the long jump, Ross Robertson of McIntosh won the pole vault, and Parker Romo of McIntosh won the triple jump.
The McIntosh girls won first place with 163 points. Fayette County took second with 146 points, and Our Lady of Mercy came in third with 106 points.
In the 100 Meter Dash, it was Landy Thomas of Our lady of Mercy winning with a time of 12.68. Sidney Sims of Fayette County came in second with a time of 12.71. Jordan Starks of Fayette County finished third with a time of 12.81.
In 200 Meter Dash, it was Kennedy Davis of Sandy Creek winning first place with a time of 25.52. Nailah Moore of Fayette finished second with time of 25.77, and Landy Thomas of Our Lady of Mercy finished third with a time 26.63.
Sandy Creek won the 4×100 with a time of 49.12. Fayette County came in second, and Our Lady Of Mercy came in third.
McIntosh won the 4×400 with a time of 4:09.57. Fayette County came in second, and Our Lady of Mercy finished third.
McIntosh showed their strength in the distance runs to win the meet. Alyssa LeClaire won the 800 Meter Run with a time of 2:26.77, then LeCalire and Nicole Zaubi finished first and second respectively in the 1600 Meter Run. Zaubi and Rachel Ward finished the 3200 Meter Run in first and second respectively.
McIntosh also added a win in the pole vault by Carson Silbert.
Kennedy Davis also won the 100 meter hurdles, while her teammate Alexis Willis took the 300 meter hurdles.
Fayette added a number of individual winners. Sylvia Freeman won the 400 meter dash, Rikkelle Miller won in discus, Ruby Truescott won the high jump, Nailah Moore won the long jump and triple jump.
In the boys JV division, it was Whitewater winning again with 107 points, followed by Sandy Creek with 90 points and McIntosh with 76 points.
Fayette County won the JV girls division with 76 points. Our Lady of Mercy took second place with 57 points, and McIntosh finished third with 52 points.
Sandy Creek head track coach Jeremy Easley said, “On a whole, I am very pleased at how we performed on the sprints and hurdles. We have a long way to go to reach our goals of a region championship and a state championship. On a whole, I am very pleased with how our young men and women competed at the County Championships. I am ready to build on the positive momentum that we have going.”
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