The A Public girls, like A Private, basically had prelims at the Sectionals. There were no 1600/3200 meter events contested so those athletes should be rested and ready to pr in relatively cool weather for Albany in May. There are 4 schools with a legit shot at becoming team champs including Gordon Lee, Commerce and Georgia Military Prep (GMAC) who have squared off the past 2 weekends and feisty Marion County of Area 1. On a Power ranking calculated a few minutes ago, Gordon Lee and Commerce are in a dead heat.
A Public Sectionals were held way down south in Camilla and the meet enjoyed a nice turnout with some real Spring weather and gnats recalling memories of childhood. There was some great competition on both sides to qualify to State (especially the Boys Sprints as Raytez Jenkins of Central Talbotton blazed the host Eagles newly resurfaced track in the 100/200 meter races. McKinley West provided some home cookin' for the locals pushing Jenkins in both events...the TJ competition was intense with 3 Boys going 45+ including top q'r Jackyron Young from Irwin County. Dooly County, GMC, Terrell County, Hancock Central, Central Talbotton, Mitchell County and Commerce Q'd many athletes. On the Girls side Gordon Lee was dominant in the Field Events and should score big in Albany with 9 individual entries and 2 relay squads. Marion County advanced 11 athletes and both relay squads, Commerce advanced 11 athletes and 1 relay squad and GMC will have 11 chances to score. One sad note was witnessing the heartbreak of Mt. Zion Carrollton's Corrssia Perry upon finding out she was DQ'd in the 400m for a 'lane violation'. But, she came back strong a couple hours later qualifying 1st in the 200 meters much to her credit.
The A Public Boys brought it at the Area meets with many events flirting with MileSplit Elites and several Ga Elites met. Claxton easily won the title advancing their top athletes to Sectionals. The competition down in Camilla should be intense looking at athlete's pr's (most at Area Meets) Commerce, Georgia Military Prep, Claxton. Raytez Jenkins from Central Talbotton is very strong in the Sprints. Terrell County dominated Area 3 winning by 89 points...No 1600/3200 will be contested in A Sectionals.
It must be frustrating for coaches in A Public to get the best athletes in their respective schools to give Track and Field a whirl. Commerce, Georgia Military Prep, Marion County, Claxton, Portal, Turner County and Gordon Lee q'd the most athletes for Sectionals. No Elite performance standards were met by A Public Girls at the Area meets. Friday and Saturday's conditions at Area 4 were not conducive for pr's...
This week ending 4-1, the Commerce girls are comfortably on top of the 1A Public Girls Team Power Rankings with Gordon Lee (heavy on FE points) actually just ahead of the Elite Scholars Academy.
Commerce's Girls also lead the 1A Public Girls Team Power Rankings at the mid-point of the 2014 outdoor season. Greenville, Elite Scholars Academy, Terrell County and Portal are far behind and in a pack.
Currently in this first edition of the Power Rankings for Class 1A Public Boys we have enough data to finally calculate team rankings. Commerce HS and Claxton are the leaders followed by Schley County and Mitchell County. We scored 10 deep for individuals and 10 deep for relays. For example, for individuals 1st place received 10 points for their team, on down to 1 point for 10th place.
A Public Girls- Towns County, Trion Go to Tiebreaker! Sarah Meadows Individual Champ
Only a few fans got to witness the closet race of the meet as A Public Girls came down to a 6th runner tiebreaker to decide the team champion. Just 9 days earlier Trion defeated Towns by 12 points at the Area 4 meet. But, with more players in the mix with a few individuals factoring in from other Areas the game was afoot. In near darkness with temps dropping Towns and Trion tied with 60 apiece, but the Towns' 6th runner was far ahead of Trion's deciding the team title. Commerce finished 3rd followed by Hawkinsville.at the team Podium party! Frosh Sarah Meadows of Gordon Lee won her first of what could be many A Public GHSA individual titles placing 1st in 22:46. Defending champ Ansley Vardeman from Towns placed 2nd in 23:21.
GMC prophetically ran to the 1A Public team title. The Cadets had raced on a few real courses, and this experience played a huge factor in wnning the 1A Public Boys team title as predicted. GMC train hard and actively compete throughout the season. The Cadets put 4 boys in the top 8 spots to seal the team title. Will Archer led the charge placing 2nd in 17:48 followed by Tom Drew in 4th, Ethan Spires 7th and Chase Sheffield 8th. Jenkins County was team runnerup led by Mark Brannen, Commerce and Claxton also made the Podium and all these kids enjoyed the fruits of their labors on the victory stand. The individual race was a carbon copy of the Area 4 meet with Gordon Lee's Dylan Smith besting Archer with a respectable time of 17:39. Brannen of Jenkins County was 3rd in 17:49.
The A Public Girls have the honor of racing last on what's sure to be a chewed up course with only meet officials, parents, their coaches and the timer left in attendance with the sun dropping behind the hill, elementary school getting their awards in near darkness (unless the lights are turned on across the street) The team race favors Area 4 champ Trion, defending champ Towns County. Indivdually it may be wide open as very few of these girls may have experience on the re-routed course.
With Area 2 Public reporting an hour ago, the picture has become clearer on what schools will contend for a state title. But don't count out some school from Area 1,3 coming out of the woods to make a run at a Podium spot. Most of these kids have not ran at a course like Carrollton, which will punish the flatlanders. From stats, it appears 3 runners have an opportunity to win the individual title.