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Joseph Franklin won the boys mile race with a time of 4:21.72, five seconds ahead of Alex Wills who was his closest competitor. Kaitlin Shiver\'s win was much closer, beating out Jackie Drouin of Georgia by just .45 with a time of 4:58.49.
Georgia\'s top athletes performed well at the Mobile Challenge of Champions Invitational division on Saturday. It started with Nicole Okolo in the triple jump. The Collins Hill star covered 39\' 0.75\" to win top honors and also earn top marks in the state this season. Her teammates in the 4x800 did not disappoint either as they covered 8 laps of the oval in a state leading time of 9:31.49 to also take home gold. Jordan Scott of Oconee Co. continued his spectacular season as he won gold in the pole vault with a mark of 16\'6\". Donte Nall, of Chapel Hill, cleared an impressive 7\'00\" in the high jump to set a meet record. Collins Hill\'s girls continued the streak of golds with a win in the 4x100 with a time of 48.44.
This weekend at the Mobile Challenge of Champions, several top flight athletes from Georgia will look to make their mark. Evander Wells, of Stone Mountain, comes off a monster Dekalb Co. Championship performance that saw him go 10.49 and sub 21 in the 200. Also competeing will be Brittany Hall, of Meadowcreek, in her specialty the 800m along wtih Jackie Drouin, of Collins Hill, in the 3200. Emily Reese, of Chamblee, will be competing in the 1600m. Look for full results here when they are available.
It was obvious from the moment the gun went off that Jackie Drouin was on a mission and like the post office, she delivered. In an amazing performance, Drouin went under 5:00 for the 1600 in cold, windy conditions to win in a runaway. Her mark broke the old mark of 5:09.9 set by Kathleen Turchin in 2003.
2006 Volunteer Indoor Track Classic Performance Lists
Hot indoor action this weekend will feature some of Georgia\'s top track talent. Jordan Scott, of Oconee Co. will be competing in the pole vault after clearing a height of 17\'1\" last season. Jackie Drouin and Ben Hubers, two of Georgia\'s finest distance runners will be competing in their specialties along with Nathan Frasier and Matt Churley, both of Collins Hill. Redan will be sending a contingent of runners in a variety of events as well with some of the top seed times for the meet.
Mother Nature played havoc with this weekends races as teams from Georgia faced tough conditions at several large meets this weekend. At Furman, a muddy course provided quite a challenge for several of the states top teams competing against an elite field from multiple states. Throw in an SAT weekend and you had the makings of a real test for Georgia teams.
Parkview boys finish 10th at Great American ROC! Collins Hill girls 8th in ROC girls race. Marist boys 12th.
Jackie Drouin had a wake up call at the Carrollton Invitational as she found herself 10 seconds behind Abby Self of Grayson at the end of the race. Only a week before the Gwinnett Co. Championships, the talented sophomore from Grayson had delivered a powerful message. Ms. Drouin obviously took heed of that message as she ran a smart race to hold off Self for a 5 second win at Gainseville on Saturdya. More importantly, she led the way for an impressive 29 point victory for her team over their county rivals Grayson and Peachtree Ridge.
Some would call this the year of the girls distance runners. Already this season, two girls have broken into the all time top 10 list in the 3200 and a freshman out of Dekalb County has posted a 5:01 1600m time. It takes a sub 11:13 to make it into the top 5 on the girls 3200 list and a sub 5:13 to make it into the top 5 in the 1600 rankings. Two freshman have already run 5:01.88 and 5:10.11 in the 1600m, a sophomore sits atop the leader board in the 800m with a 2:12.59 and two girls have broken 11:00 in the 3200. It appears that the future of girls distance running is very bright indeed!