Friday's evening events include a big distance schedule along with the 400m & 800m and the DMR. Saturday will have all the regular meet events and include a 800 SMR, 4x1600 & the 4x800. 24 schools are scheduled to attend (weather permitting) and include many strong programs from Cobb, Cherokee, Gwinnett, Forsyth & Fulton Counties.
Events to keep an eye on include:
5000 meters-with many 6A athletes running including Avery Bussjager & Mitchell Sanders (Walton), John Green (West Forsyth), Connor Cole (Milton) & Alexandra Melehan (Woodstock), both the girls and boys races should be very competitive & fast in this rarely run event in Georgia.
DMR-this could be a very special race as the Marist girls are going for their school record (12:34) and if they surpass it may run a top-10 All-Time GA performance (10th on the list is 12:32). The War Eagles with line up with Catie Faust, Morgan Ilse, Josie Wirtz & Kendall Nelson or Tammy Gitonga. Northview may challenge as it runs both state champ Lindsay Billings and Anna Barefield. The stadium record of 12:58.20 is sure to fall.
Mile (1609 meters)-on the boys side has a big lineup with Brookwood's Miles Yapp & Kell's Logan Poteet going head-to-head along with Chris O'Brien of Brookwood and Jack Bluth of Milton. A race not to be missed. The girl's race is led by Kell's Marielle Lewis but Liz Galarza from West Forsyth should be in the mix.
800 meters- with 7 guys that have run 2-flat or better, the final section should be grand!
4x1600-The Marist ladies again re-load for this race with a school record & top-10 GA all-time performance as their goal. Their stadium record of 22:06.46 is sure to fall but it will take a 21:34.60 to make the top-10 list.
1500 meters-the girls' race feature's Northview's Billings & Barefield along with Katie Sanders of Walton. The boy's event has Brookwood's David Giuliano & Milton's Connor Cole.
4x800-looks to be an all-Walton affair as their boys team has a good shot at the stadium record of 8:06.86 and their girls team is the only team to have run under 10-minutes.
In the sprint events and short relays both Alpharetta (girls) and Centennial (boys) look to be the stronger teams with top-seeded times in all the relays and individual running events 400 meters and below.
In the field events the throws look to be led by athletes from Kell & Etowah.
The remainders of the field events are wide-open with many athletes getting their first real marks of the season.
The meet kick's-off at 5pm Friday Feb 27th and at 9am on Saturday Feb 28th.