Great Racing both days at the Coaches Invitational at Lakewood

(all photos by Daniel McCauley except those noted)

The Coaches Invitational, as one of Georgia's premier meets, once again did not disappoint. The Coaches meet is a format geared to highlight individual events and Relays, which were definitely about "TEAM" as evidenced by the intensely competitive Boys 4x400, 4x800 and 4x1600.  Many of the top athletes in Georgia pushed it on the track, especially in the Relays on both Friday evening and Saturday. Seventy-seven MileSplit Silver Elite performances were achieved.


Start of the Boys 1600m, unique way of creating space by Walton runner, lol

GATFXCCA Vice-President Cathi Monk, the meet director, put her Pope athletes to work.  Walter Pinion did an excellent job on the PA during the meet. MileSplit Ga's Matt Almand was onsite shooting all the Race Action, along with cover shot artist Daniel McCauley at trackside, working his mojo as usual with his photos.


Boys 4x1600 Relay Leaders 

The Boys 4x1600 is always a featured event at the Coaches Invitational, but this year's version had a bit of confusion to it.  Marist took control of the race on Leif Andersen's strong 4:18ish 3rd leg, but he ran a 5th lap because none of the 4th leg runners had yet been sent out onto the track when he came by at the end of his 4th lap.  



Leif Andersen ran 5 very fast laps in the 4x1600

Marist was on pace to shatter the #1 time on the 4x1600 All Time Bests list compiled by gatfxcca.com, but Milton was the eventual winner going 18:05 because Marist was DQ'd for the third leg running a 5th lap. Reportedly, and not unexpectedly, much disappointment and drama ensued - I saw the video and no 4th legs were on the track to receive the final exchange when things went awry.


In the Girls 400m Elite, Stering Lester from Marietta HS turned in the #1 400m time in Georgia, going 54.41, and she won the HJ with a bar of 5-6. Word is, she may be graduating a year early and moving on up to the Collegiate ranks.

 
Fayette County Boys had an incredible meet - on Friday night, 'Under the Lights', they turned in a 1:29.60 in the 800 Sprint Medley Relay, and, followed that, with an even more impressive race on Saturday, as they won the 4x400 (not in the fastest heat) with no one to push them, and turned in the #4 MileSplit USA (current) time of 3:14.57.  



In the Boys Emerging Elite 3200m, Zack Truitt of Landmark Christian showed maturity and discipline as he ran a tactical race, biding his time behind the leaders before launching his attack on the final lap and winning the race in a PR time of 9:47.43.


The Boys 1600m was a great race with 4 guys going sub 4:25. Nick Nyman of Starrs Mill emerged victorious, with a photo finish winning time of 4:19.13, just nipping out Tyler Fox of Lambert at 4:19.51. Griffin McCauley of Paideia took 3rd with an exceptional race, posting a 4:21.99 and breaking the Python's school record in the event. 


In the Girls 3200m Emerging Elite, Erin Fegans of Landmark Christian held off Sierra Wehrenberg of Hillgrove for the win in 11:22.87. It began pouring rain before the race began and a big thanks goes out to Paideia, for providing a tent at the top of the stadium for MileSplit GA's videographer!


The Girls 1600m race was stacked as 8 gals earned MileSplit Silver Elite times (too bad Turbes and Block did not compete).  


Woodstock's Brynn Sumner (who has a PR of 4:56.65) took the win at 5:01.50. 


The Girls 800m Sprint Medley Relay was very exciting as Walton took the win in 1:46.87. Other squads earning the MileSplit Elite standard were Fayette, Starrs Mill, South Forsyth, and Lakeside Evans. 



Girls 4x1600


Jarel Terry of Marietta - Boys Elite 400m winner



Myles Marshall of Lassiter - Boys 110m Hurdles winner


Legs on the Fayette County 4x400 were: Senior Jaylan Coleman, Senior Trey Johnson, Seth Holloway and Junior Joshua Dupree. (photo by John Strickland)



Friday 'Under the Lights' the Tigers turned in a 1:29.60 in the 800 Sprint Medly Relay. Legs were: Junior Zackery Filmore, Holloway, Dupree and Johnson. (photo by John Strickland)

77 performances met the MileSplit US Second Team standard.
HS GIRLSMARKATHLETETEAM
1600 Meter Run Finals5:01.50Brynne SumnerWoodstock High School
1600 Meter Run Finals5:05.45Anna BurnettWoodstock High School
1600 Meter Run Finals5:05.74Kira StanleyHarrison High School
1600 Meter Run Finals5:08.85Ellie HallMarietta High School
1600 Meter Run Finals5:11.65Ani HendersonMarietta High School
1600 Meter Run Finals5:12.33Elizabeth RiceKennesaw Mountain
1600 Meter Run Finals5:12.66Sophia WestPaideia
1600 Meter Run Finals5:14.93Mary Kathryn KnottPeachtree Ridge High School
400 Meter Dash Finals54.41Sterling LesterMarietta High School
400 Meter Dash Finals54.94Jordan SmithLambert HS
400 Meter Dash Finals57.44Amara NwajaguFayette County
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals21:04.35Relay TeamMarietta High School
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals21:07.44Relay TeamMarist
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals21:17.90Relay TeamSouth Forsyth High School
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals21:44.22Relay TeamMilton High School
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals21:47.00Relay TeamWalton High School
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals21:47.46Relay TeamMill Creek High School
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals21:56.26Relay TeamHillgrove
4x400 Meter Relay Finals3:52.56Relay TeamMarietta High School
4x800 Meter Relay Finals9:32.34Relay TeamSouth Forsyth High School
High Jump Finals5-4Elasia CampbellWalton High School
High Jump Finals5-4Alana SimpsonHarrison High School
High Jump Finals5-4Kendall McDanielGrayson High School
High Jump Finals5-6Sterling LesterMarietta High School
Long Jump Finals17-6.5Na'ilah MooreFayette County
Long Jump Finals17-11MyCheri OnwuzuruikeHillgrove
Pole Vault Finals10-9Josie KonigsmarkMarietta High School
Pole Vault Finals10-9Anais MarencoMarist
Shot Put Finals37-11.25Jazmin RobinsonGrayson High School
Shot Put Finals40-9.75Morgan JohnsonWhitewater High School
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:46.87Relay TeamWalton High School
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:49.20Relay TeamFayette County
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:51.28Relay TeamStarrs Mill High School
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:51.50Relay TeamSouth Forsyth High School
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:52.89Relay TeamLakeside, Evans
Triple Jump Finals36-0.5Ariel LawrenceDunwoody
Triple Jump Finals36-11.5Morgan BentleyBrookwood
Triple Jump Finals37-1.5MyCheri OnwuzuruikeHillgrove
Triple Jump Finals37-7Denise IssahPope High School
Triple Jump Finals37-8Sidney SimsFayette County
Triple Jump Finals37-11Na'ilah MooreFayette County
HS BOYSMARKATHLETETEAM
100 Meter Dash Finals10.59Seth HollowayFayette County
100 Meter Dash Prelims10.61Seth HollowayFayette County
110 Meter Hurdles Prelims14.24Myles MarshallLassiter High School
110 Meter Hurdles Finals14.32Myles MarshallLassiter High School
110 Meter Hurdles Finals14.45Julian Martin-RogersMill Creek High School
110 Meter Hurdles Finals14.53Wilson McClainPeachtree Ridge High School
1600 Meter Run Finals4:19.13Nick NymanStarrs Mill High School
1600 Meter Run Finals4:19.51Tyler FoxLambert HS
1600 Meter Run Finals4:21.99Griffin McCauleyPaideia
1600 Meter Run Finals4:24.06James CraginArcher HS
400 Meter Dash Finals47.78Jarel TerryMarietta High School
400 Meter Dash Finals48.11Trey JohnsonFayette County
400 Meter Dash Finals48.94Zachary JonesGrayson High School
4x100 Meter Relay Finals42.09Relay TeamMarietta High School
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals18:05.26Relay TeamMilton High School
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals18:07.52Relay TeamSt. Pius X
4x1600 Meter Relay Finals18:11.10Relay TeamStarrs Mill High School
4x400 Meter Relay Finals3:14.57Relay TeamFayette County
4x400 Meter Relay Finals3:22.17Relay TeamMarietta High School
4x800 Meter Relay Finals7:59.08Relay TeamMarist
4x800 Meter Relay Finals8:04.67Relay TeamWalton High School
4x800 Meter Relay Finals8:06.45Relay TeamGrayson High School
4x800 Meter Relay Finals8:07.18Relay TeamBrookwood
4x800 Meter Relay Finals8:09.03Relay TeamMilton High School
4x800 Meter Relay Finals8:09.30Relay TeamStarrs Mill High School
High Jump Finals6-8Torenio DavisBleckley County High School
Pole Vault Finals14-3.25Jack HallerWest Forsyth High School
Shot Put Finals54-3Justyn LoperWhitewater High School
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:29.60Relay TeamFayette County
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:33.76Relay TeamMilton High School
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:36.45Relay TeamWalton High School
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:37.51Relay TeamStarrs Mill High School
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:38.65Relay TeamNorth Forsyth
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:38.82Relay TeamPaideia
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:38.88Relay TeamLambert HS
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals1:39.79Relay TeamLakeside, Evans


COMPLETE COVERAGE

RESULTS 

RACE VIDEO

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