World champion hurdler Aries Merritt works hard and plays just as hard. Video games, that is. Merritt says there isn’t much else to do in College Station, Tex., where he trains on the campus of Texas A&M with coach Vince Anderson and Andreas Behm. But that leaves plenty of time to focus on his new seven-step approach to the first hurdle and dominating League of Legends on his computer for hours.
After running a blazing 20.49 and 10.19 in the prelims, he had to settle for a second place 10.41 in the 100 finals, Tyreek laid down a jaw dropping US #2 All-Time 20.14 200m.
Todd Grasley and Jason Byrne of MileSplit teamed up with guest Alex Lohr of Flotrack at the MileSplit HQ in Orlando, Florida in this live show to preview all of the action going on tomorrow at Golden South.
Davin Melton from Marietta High School signed a athletic scholarship with Western Texas College to run Track and Cross-Country. Front row pictured left to right Alice McHugh, Davin Melton, Principle Lee Colburn.Back row pictured left to right Coach Chad Christman, A.D. Paul Hall, Coach Nick Houstoulakis, Coach Jack Coleman More signings added, click on the article header above.....
Coffee's Tyreek Hill Poses after his Incredible 20.94!! Image by Bruce Taylor ga.milesplit.com For the first time in the history of the Georgia Olympics the elusive 21 mark was shattered by Coffee County's amazing senior Tyreek Hill. Watching the real time scoreboard next to the Track, the crowd oohed, aahed, and jumped up in unison as Hill neared the finish line, himself watching the clock also as he celebrated in a trademark "flying" posture as he crossed the finish line. Hill also easily won the 100 meters clocking a swift 10.44 and won the LJ THursday in 23-11.5. He propelled Coffee to an amazing 2nd place team finish at 34 points with a little help from his friends down south in Douglas. Team Champs crowned were Athens Christian in A, though Darlington and Wesleyan made valiant runs this day at the Eagles. Putnam County sealed the AA title behind Jabrelle Crawford as they won the 4x400 relay surpassing Elbert County. Carrollton just had too much Jonathan Jones as he also scored 30 individual points passing Field Event loaded Westover for good in the 200 meters. Kell capitalized on their 2 stars who have female siblings that are also great Track athletes led by Jordan Chambers in the Field and sealing the title in the 300 hurdles was Devon Williams. Brookwood hung on for dear life after KIsean Smith placed 2nd in the 800 meters with help in the 4x400 relay trainwreck at the finish line. Some other incredible times were ran by Sprayberry's Michael Newton as he was too fast and strong in the 400 meters clocking a 46.62 and ran a sick anchor leg in the 4x400 relay taking the baton 15 meters behind leader Mays and jetted Sprayberry into sole possession of 2nd place. Jordan Moore of MLK closed out an outstanding HS career blowing away everyone in the 110 hurdles clocking a sweet 13.45 Each 800 meter race was exciting with every class running faster and faster until Wheeler's Adel Yoonis had the race of the day crossing the line in 1:52. 06 The 4x400 relays were very competitive in each class and became outright physical and personal in the AAAA race as 4 teams were Dq'd and the baton was knocked loose from Luella within 5 meters of the finish line costing them perhaps a team title tie with Brookwood in AAAAA...But Stone Mountain in AAA just blew away everyone clocking a 3:15.28.
East Jackson's Cale Pirtle let it all hang out coming back to win the AA 3200 at the finish line! Great Races tonight in every Class. Including some awesome duels the last laps of each race. 2012 Champs are: A- Bradley Gossett of Wesleyan AA- Cale Pirtle of East Jackson AAA- Luis Gonzalez of North Hall AAAA- Sid Vaughn of Lakeside-Evans AAAAA- Josh Brickell of Peachtree Ridge click article header for more....
James Wenk of Harrison focuses on his next bar at 16' Day 1 Recap from Jefferson ACS, Westover put up big numbers to lead their Classes... 1600m races are worth the price of admission. Zane Coburn of Grady has top 1600m time at 4:15 and change. Adel Yoonis of Wheeler runs a masterful race taking the 5A 1600m. Dontrevious Ousley of Westover lets it all out in AAA Discus slinging that UFO 192-4. Jamario Calhoun of Cedar Shoals doubles in the 4A horizontals featuring a 49-9 in the TJ.
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Meet Previews of the AAAAA, AAAA, AAA, AA, A Boys Championships
courtesy of XC Nation Grace Tinkey Answers Questions....Four-time Georgia State XC Champion, Three-time Foot Locker Finalist, Featured in Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd, a Multi-time Gatorade XC Runner of the Year for Georgia and National All-American. Grace Tinkey speaks to the XC Nation. After finishing 6th at the 2011 Foot Locker National Championships the First Presbyterian Day School junior has sights set on becoming the first-ever 5-time State cross country champion in US history.....
Walton's Tayla Carter crossed the finish line in 11.63 for the top 100m performance of the day Photo by Pinion Photography Athens Christian Makes it a 3-Peat, Walton outlasts MLK in 5A by 1 Point, Redan Sprints and Hurdles away from SW DeKalb in 4A, GAC blows away everyone in AA scoring in just the sprints and relays and Monroe Albany is too deep again adding another title to their padded resume.
Molly Schenck leads the 4A 3200 early as l-r: Sarah Bowles, Alex Cameron and Allie Buchalski stalk close behind/ Image by Pinion Photography Here are some huge highlights thus far: State RECORDS broken: Kendall Williams 13.39 in the AAAA 100h Prelims and she was flawless Kendell Williams AAAA Long Jump 20-08.50 MLK 4x100 Relay 45.69 Torie Owers Athens Academy 46-08.50 A Shot Put Sydney Rodkey North Oconee 12-01.00 AA Vault (briefly held the all-class record) Megan Clark Columbus 12-02 AAA Pole Vault (new all-time State meet record) Ashley Ivey Washington County AAA Triple Jump 44-07.50 Anasteria Terrell Howard AAA Triple Jump 44-04.50 Holly Ebbets Lee County AAAA Pole Vault 11-06 Anna Dunn Creekview AAAA Pole Vault 11-06 Going into Saturday: A- Wesleyan has a huge lead over ACS who has alot of points out on the track and with a good performance can pass Wesleyan. AA-Westminster and Blessed Trinity did well in the Field and distance races , however, will it be enough to hold off GAC, Decatur and SE Bulloch although Fletcher is a shoe in to take the 800m over a game Bailey Willet of BT. AAA- Monroe Albany is in good position to hold off everyone else barring their baton drop in the 4x100 prelims 15 meters before the finish line... AAAA- SW DeKalb is right where they want to be going into Saturday. AAAAA- Is wide open, Brookwood did well in the distance events as did kennesaw in the Field, but MLK and Walton are primed to put up big points Saturday. Distance Finals- A 1600- Victoria Coppage pounded the track taking it out early and was just too strong for ACS's Destiny Jenkins turning in a11:00 5:02 which bests Grace Tinkey's pr! A 3200- Coppage had to make runningmate Grace Tinkey (injured) proud as she took it and and maintained a steady gap over Landmark's Lindy Long for an impressive victory and time in 11:08! AA 1600- Sahara Fletcher's 400m split was 1:07 breaking 14 other runners and she never looked back cruising to the win in 5:05.Anna Gandolpho was the sole runner who tracked her the entire race from about 40-50 meters back finishing in 5:20. AA 3200- Anna Gandolpho breezed to victory in this race clocking a 11:35 followed by Westminster's Janine Dupree in 12:06 who held of Gandolpho's runningmate for 2nd (Kate Beechum of BT in 12:08) AAA 1600- Kristina Delpesche of Columbus and Jessie Dotson of White County battled for 3 laps until Delpesche put the hammmer down the final 300m for the win in 5:12, Dotson hung in there though for 2nd in 5:16. AAA 3200- It was a classic duel as headlined between Eagle's Landing frosh Gabby Roth and senior Jessie Dotson of White County for 6 laps but Roth's young legs were the key as she mad e a slight move and held her ground the final few laps for the win in 11:30 as Dotson took second in 11:36. AAAA 1600- This was a beautiful race defining what the sectionals were all about resembling a collegiate race until Alex Cameron of Dunwoody made her move separating from the pack looking very strong and had more footspeed the final 300 meters enroute to victory in 5:03 with Buchalski of John's Creek placing 2nd in 5:09. AAAA 3200- Allie Buchalksi built a lead of 15-20 meters going into the bell lap but frosh Morgan Ilse of Marist pushed the race to the brink down the stretch in a true photo finish with Buchalski out leaning her in 11:00.06 for a .31 margin of victory. this was a great race.... AAAAA 1600- Brookwood ran this race to perfection, as if the maestro conducted a torrid symphony to a perfect ending...Kissell and Shanks bided their time behind the leaders hanging in there and then both girls made big moves the final lap to go 1,2 as Caroline Kissell took the win in 5:00 with teamaate Shanks in 5:02. AAAAA 3200- Another great tight race as for thwe first 5 laps 5 girls were tightly bunched together, but Lassiter's Marcie Merriman, desevedly so, put it together making a move creating some separation and held off rachel Thorne of Alpharetta for the win in 10:51 to Thorne's 10:54. I would like to make an editorial comment about the staff in Albany...These people put on a great meet. Field Events are Field Events and sometimes drag out, but man, they have never ran off the Track events as quickly as they did these past couple of days. My head my spinning trying to keep up. I can't say enough about Johnny Seabrooks,Gary Phillips, Harley Calhoun and Pam Hill. Their professionalism was impressive as well as the starters, volunteers, backup timers and lane inspectors. And of course, the PA announcing gives this meet a flavor like none other. Job well done to the Albany crew !!
For all you making the trip to Albany this season, you are going to get a special treat thanks to the Sectional qualifiers as the best of the best will truly go at it for the first time in recent history barring a few unfortunate athletes/relay teams who were Dq'd of dnf. The distance races will resemble more of a college style race in the 800 and 1600 meter races and could it be that no one gets lapped in the 3200? I'm sure after Sectionals, many of the races including qualifying heats will come down to thousanths of seconds separating sprinters with all that 'new fangled Timing equipment' lol, (stealing a quote off the Discussion board) And lest we forget the atmosphere that the Girls State meet brings reminding us all we are definitely in the heart of South Georgia including hot crinkle fries fresh out of the vats.... 5A Girls- http://cache.milesplit.com/user_files/11171/5a girls state preview 2012.pdf 4A Girls- http://cache.milesplit.com/user_files/11171/4a preview girls state.pdf 3A Girls- http://cache.milesplit.com/user_files/11171/3a girls preview.pdf 2A Girls- http://cache.milesplit.com/user_files/11171/2a girls state preview 2012.pdf 1A Girls- http://cache.milesplit.com/user_files/11171/1a preview girls state.pdf Meet Programs http://cache.milesplit.com/user_files/11171/class a girls state meet program.pdf AA- http://cache.milesplit.com/user_files/11171/class aa girls state meet program(revised).pdf AAA- http://cache.milesplit.com/user_files/11171/class aaa girls state meet program.pdf AAAA- http://cache.milesplit.com/user_files/11171/class aaaa girls state meet program.pdf AAAAA- http://cache.milesplit.com/user_files/11171/class aaaaa girls state meet program.pdf