Coaches Invitational Produces Some Great Individual and Relay Performances

(all photos by Chris D'Aquin)

It was another 2 days of great action at this season's version of the Coaches Invitational at Lakewood Stadium. Although a rain shower passed thru Saturday, 139 MileSplit 2nd Team Elite Performances were also achieved in competitive Track and Field Events action.

Girls Action

Remember when 12-0 or even 12-6 was a "great" jump in GA? Not anymore! Georgia HS Girls have reached new heights in the Pole Vault as 3 Ladies have cleared 13-0 this season now bringing talk of a "Golden Age' for GA Girls PV. Courtney Long of Allatoona joined that club in rare air as she went 13-0, winning the competition over NB Indoors Nats, #2 Carson Dingler and #3 Becky Arbiv. Like Matt Barry stated on the Discussion Board, "This is absolutely the "Golden Age" of the Girls' Pole Vault. The girls pole vault was an exhibition event in 2001 with the first state meet in 2002. Since those days, the vault has exploded"

Courtney Long of Allatoona became the 3rd GA HS Girl to clear 13-0 this Outdoor Season winning the PV competition at Coaches Invitational. Carson Dingler placed 2nd clearing 13-0 and Becky Arbiv took 3rd at 12-6.


Chapel Hill Girls won 800 SMR impressively going 1:48.45, just edging Fayette County (L) 

What an incredible battle in the Girls 4x1600 Relay between Landmark Christian, Marist and South Forsyth. These 3 squads duked it out the whole way with Marist taking the win at 21:01, over South at 21:05 and Landmark 21:08. All of these times will crack the Girls All-Time Top 10 list on GATFXCCA.ORG

Sterling Lester of Marietta HS eyes the bar at 5-6, as she wins the HJ competion.

Makenli Forrest of Woodward is shown here unleashing another bomb to win the Discus.  Forrest made it a clean sweep of Throws taking the Shot with a MileSplit GA #1 throw of 46-9.25


Nicole Fegans and Super Frosh Nyah Hernandez dueled to the wire in the Girls 3200m race with the Foot Locker National XC All American taking the win by .34 at 10:36.66. Hernandez ran a great race, and may well be the next "Sheriff in Town" after Nicole moves on to college. But, Fegans ran a brave race, after having put in a leg on Landmark's 4x1600 squad Friday nite.

Sterling Lester from Marietta is a great all around athlete, as she proved Saturday by winning the HJ (5-6), the 100h (13.91) and seen here driving thru the turn taking the 400m in 54.18

Hope Glenn of Pope takes another win in the 100m dash, crossing the finish line at 11.68. 

The 4x800 Girls race was pure electric, as 8 of the top 10 times this Outdoor season were produced on the Track with South Forsyth now #1 after their 9:37.65. Marist is #2 at 9:41 and North Gwinnett #3 in 9:42

Boys Action

Georgia HS Boys also were heating up the Track and infield as 8 MileSplit GA #1 Outdoor marks were achieved Friday night and Saturday. Though not a team competition, Parkview, Alexander, Arabia Mountain, Fayette County and Archer had big days and have thus emerged as contenders to win a State Championship Cup. Every relay race is worth a watch from the RACE ACTION.   


Alexander was an absolute beast in the 4x1600 Friday nite as they motored to a 17:36.33 which will propel the Cougars to #3 on the Boys All-Time list. The 4x800 squad wasn't shabby either, as they raced to a 7:52.33 which will land them 4th on the GATFXCCA.org All-Time 4x800 list.

Fayette Boys take the SMR Friday nite at 1:30.09

Elite distance aces jostle for position early in the Boys 3200, as Foot Locker Nats All-American Jacob McLeod (R in blue) made it 2 9:09s in as many weeks, taking the win over NXN National Finalist, Hayden Tullos of Marist at 9:17. Everett Smulders of Lovett had a breakout race taking 3rd in 9:27


Arabia Mountain edged Parkview in the 4x100 Relay in a sizzlin' #1 time of 41.16

No Elija Godwin, no Brian Herron, no Terry Conwell? NO PROBLEMO...as Trey Johnson of Fayette County scorched the track going 47.23 earning MileSplit GA #1 time thus far Outdoors in that event!

It doesn't get much closer than this in the 100m dash as Demarius Smith of Parkview  outleaned Daniel Robinson of Archer going 10.66 to Robinson's 10.67...

Sam Wright of Archer is shown here launching MileSplit GA bomb of 62-10.25 to win the competition.Wright has a pr of 64-2.50. Michael Willingham of Arabia Mountain flung the Discus 171-0 for the #1 mark in that event.

Torenio Davis made the trip up from Bleckley County and won the HJ competition with a bar of 6-6. The Royal also boasts the top mark in the Rankings with a clearance of 6-10.50 from a meet last week. Keep an eye out for this young man as he could join the 7-00 club soon. He is also is a very good basketball player and great dunker, and I don't mean donuts...

Brian Hauch of Parkview  won the PV competition at Lakewood Saturday having a pr of 14-9.25

COMPLETE COVERAGE

RACE ACTION

PHOTO GALLERIES

COMPLETE RESULTS

135 performances met the MileSplit US Second Team standard.

HS GIRLSMARKATHLETETEAM
100 Meter Hurdles Finals13.91Sterling LesterMarietta High School
100 Meter Hurdles Finals14.03Morgan LewisMount Vernon Presbyterian School
100 Meter Hurdles Prelims14.37Morgan LewisMount Vernon Presbyterian School
100 Meter Hurdles Prelims14.42Sterling LesterMarietta High School
100 Meter Hurdles Finals14.79Kayla AlexanderChapel Hill High School
100 Meter Dash Finals11.68Hope GlennPope High School
100 Meter Dash Finals11.82Caitlan TateBrookwood
100 Meter Dash Prelims11.90Hope GlennPope High School
100 Meter Dash Prelims12.02Caitlan TateBrookwood
100 Meter Dash Finals12.02Angel AmadiChapel Hill High School
1,600 Meter Run Finals5:11.44Anna BurnettWoodstock High School
3,200 Meter Run Finals10:37.66Nicole FegansLandmark Christian School
3,200 Meter Run Finals10:38.00Nyah HernandezCreekview
3,200 Meter Run Finals10:52.15Elizabeth GravesRiverwood International Charter School
3,200 Meter Run Finals11:08.70Kaylee DuPontSouth Forsyth High School
3,200 Meter Run Finals11:12.65Mary Kathryn KnottPeachtree Ridge High School
3,200 Meter Run Finals11:14.24Erin FegansLandmark Christian School
3,200 Meter Run Finals11:18.33Elizabeth RiceKennesaw Mountain
400 Meter Dash Finals54.18Sterling LesterMarietta High School
400 Meter Dash Finals56.45Jordan SmithLambert HS
400 Meter Dash Finals57.02Aliyah SangsterChapel Hill High School
400 Meter Dash Finals57.84Brynne SumnerWoodstock High School
4x100 Meter Relay Finals47.23Relay TeamChapel Hill High School
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals21:01.21Relay TeamMarist
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals21:05.59Relay TeamSouth Forsyth High School
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals21:08.23Relay TeamLandmark Christian School
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals21:23.79Relay TeamBrookwood
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals21:43.12Relay TeamWalton High School
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals21:59.05Relay TeamNorth Gwinnett
4x400 Meter Relay Finals3:54.04Relay TeamBrookwood
4x800 Meter Relay Finals9:37.65Relay TeamSouth Forsyth High School
4x800 Meter Relay Finals9:41.09Relay TeamMarist
4x800 Meter Relay Finals9:42.86Relay TeamNorth Gwinnett
Discus Finals123-1Natasha StampGrayson High School
Discus Finals142-4Makenli ForrestWoodward Academy
High Jump Finals5-4Madeline HammondStarrs Mill High School
High Jump Finals5-6Sterling LesterMarietta High School
Long Jump Finals17-9.75Kyleeyah WhiteheadArcher HS
Long Jump Finals18-0.75Samaria AllenArabia Mountain HS
Long Jump Finals18-3.75Morgan BentleyBrookwood
Long Jump Finals18-6Ijeoma UcheCollins Hill High School
Long Jump Finals18-7.5Na'ilah MooreFayette County
Pole Vault Finals11-9Ariel ArbivThe Weber School
Pole Vault Finals12-0Alex PottsWoodward Academy
Pole Vault Finals12-6Becky ArbivThe Weber School
Pole Vault Finals13-0Courtney LongAllatoona HS
Pole Vault Finals13-0Carson DinglerMary Persons
Shot Put Finals37-3.75Sydnee WalkerKing's Ridge Christian School
Shot Put Finals39-2.75Laurel KunWalton High School
Shot Put Finals43-5Erika EarwoodSouth Paulding HS
Shot Put Finals44-9.75Natasha StampGrayson High School
Shot Put Finals46-9.25Makenli ForrestWoodward Academy
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:48.45Relay TeamChapel Hill High School
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:48.69Relay TeamFayette County
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:48.97Relay TeamNorth Gwinnett
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:49.65Relay TeamParkview High School
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:49.83Relay TeamStarrs Mill High School
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:49.87Relay TeamBrookwood
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:50.24Relay TeamLambert HS
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:51.22Relay TeamMarist
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:52.51Relay TeamWalton High School
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:52.54Relay TeamCollins Hill High School
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:52.63Relay TeamSouth Forsyth High School
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:53.89Relay TeamArabia Mountain HS
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:54.78Relay TeamPope High School
Triple Jump Finals38-5Na'ilah MooreFayette County
Triple Jump Finals38-9.5Morgan BentleyBrookwood
HS BOYSMARKATHLETETEAM
100 Meter Dash Finals10.66Demarius SmithParkview High School
100 Meter Dash Finals10.67Daniel RobinsonArcher HS
100 Meter Dash Finals10.74Jacob SmithAllatoona HS
100 Meter Dash Prelims10.75Daniel RobinsonArcher HS
100 Meter Dash Finals10.75Priest FoustArabia Mountain HS
3,200 Meter Run Finals9:09.05Jacob McLeodTrinity Christian School
3,200 Meter Run Finals9:17.26Hayden TullosMarietta High School
3,200 Meter Run Finals9:27.01Everett SmuldersLovett
3,200 Meter Run Finals9:30.38Ben McCoyBlessed Trinity
3,200 Meter Run Finals9:30.40Nick NymanStarrs Mill High School
3,200 Meter Run Finals9:34.95Nick CookeEtowah
3,200 Meter Run Finals9:36.25Quinn BurdenMarist
3,200 Meter Run Finals9:36.44James CraginArcher HS
3,200 Meter Run Finals9:37.24Tyler FoxLambert HS
3,200 Meter Run Finals9:37.72Harry HarpWhitewater High School
3,200 Meter Run Finals9:37.73Quillian HollandTrinity Christian School
3,200 Meter Run Finals9:38.96Hunter KimballGeorgia Military College Prep School
400 Meter Dash Finals47.23Trey JohnsonFayette County
400 Meter Dash Finals48.53Amir HarrisParkview High School
400 Meter Dash Finals48.96Justin LongParkview High School
400 Meter Dash Finals49.37Nick PeeplesWalton High School
4x100 Meter Relay Finals41.16Relay TeamArabia Mountain HS
4x100 Meter Relay Finals41.39Relay TeamParkview High School
4x100 Meter Relay Finals42.12Relay TeamFayette County
4x100 Meter Relay Finals42.14Relay TeamAllatoona HS
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals17:36.83Relay TeamAlexander
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals17:55.76Relay TeamBlessed Trinity
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals17:59.11Relay TeamMarist
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals18:01.67Relay TeamLambert HS
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals18:11.91Relay TeamArcher HS
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals18:15.87Relay TeamMilton High School
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals18:17.15Relay TeamCollins Hill High School
4x400 Meter Relay Finals3:17.89Relay TeamParkview High School
4x400 Meter Relay Finals3:20.17Relay TeamArcher HS
4x400 Meter Relay Finals3:22.44Relay TeamFayette County
4x800 Meter Relay Finals7:52.33Relay TeamAlexander
4x800 Meter Relay Finals8:06.17Relay TeamMilton High School
4x800 Meter Relay Finals8:08.54Relay TeamNorth Atlanta
Discus Finals152-3Josh ArmstrongWoodward Academy
Discus Finals156-7Ryan FontenotBrookwood
Discus Finals168-4Madias LoperWhitewater High School
Discus Finals171-0Michael WillinghamArabia Mountain HS
High Jump Finals6-6Torenio DavisBleckley County High School
Long Jump Finals22-8.5Tyler JonesArabia Mountain HS
Pole Vault Finals14-1.5Will SimmonsBleckley County High School
Pole Vault Finals14-1.5Daniel SurmanArcher HS
Pole Vault Finals14-1.5Tyler SchwartzWalton High School
Pole Vault Finals14-1.5Ian WoodyWalton High School
Pole Vault Finals14-9.25Brian HauchParkview High School
Shot Put Finals53-6Jermaine AndersonChapel Hill High School
Shot Put Finals58-1.5Madias LoperWhitewater High School
Shot Put Finals62-10.25Sam WrightArcher HS
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:30.09Relay TeamFayette County
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:32.75Relay TeamAllatoona HS
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:34.06Relay TeamArabia Mountain HS
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:34.08Relay TeamWalton High School
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:35.78Relay TeamCollins Hill High School
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:36.64Relay TeamBlessed Trinity
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:37.17Relay TeamSt. Pius X
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:37.28Relay TeamLambert HS
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:37.84Relay TeamWhitewater High School
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:37.84Relay TeamStarrs Mill High School
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:38.22Relay TeamPope High School
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:38.62Relay TeamChapel Hill High School
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:38.70Relay TeamEffingham County
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:38.85Relay TeamSprayberry High School
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:39.75Relay TeamNorth Gwinnett
Triple Jump Finals45-3Tyler JonesArabia Mountain HS


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