Big Peach Distance Kickoff Gets the Outdoor Season Off to a Big Start


2nd Annual Big Peach Distance Kickoff, Harper Sigler of North Oconee is the 1600 Champion (photo by Daniel McCauley)

Amongst those were defending AAAA 800 meter State Champ Eagle's Landing's Devin Dixon's fast 1:55 in the 800 meters as he controlled the race from the start. Harper Sigler of North Oconee celebrated his 18th birthday by winning the 1600 meters in 4:26. Chandler Kennedy from East Jackson dominated the 3200 with a nice time of 9:39. Andrew Kent of Lakeside DeKalb won the 5000 in a great duel with Braeden Collins clocking a 15:31. Riverwood passed Archer just before the finish line taking a the 4x400 in 3:29. Bleckley County won the Boys team title mainly behind AA Cross Country champ Carl Ellis Corley's 14 points as he placed 2nd in the 3200 and 3rd in the 1600.

On the Girls side, 2 Elite times were achieved in the 5000 meter race. Corrie Smith of Lakeside DeKalb came from behind taking the win in 18:43 besting Anna Hayden of Riverwood (19:06) Ellen Powell from Bleckley County had an excellent day as she won the 1600 meters in 5:30 and raced to 2nd in the 800 in 2:26. Brenda Ayuk of Alexander HS won the 800 meters in a time of 2:21. All Metro XC runner Sophia West of Paideia cruised to a win in the 3200 posting a 11:34. Eagle's Landing ran away with the 4x400 relay going 4:20.


Heat #5 of the Girls 1600m was led by top seed Elizabeth Graves of Riverwood as Ellen Powell of Bleckley County bided her time. (photo by Daniel McCauley)



Ellen Powell of Bleckley County earned the win in the 1600 with a time of 5:30.67. (photo by Daniel McCauley)



Coach Brady Sigler and his son Harper celebrated the 1600 win as well as Harper's 18th birthday!  (photo by Daniel McCauley)



The 5000m featured a combined field of Boys & Girls who battled windy conditions. (photo by Daniel McCauley)



Braeden Collins of Alexander and Andrew Kent of the Lakeside Vikings worked together in the 5000m until Kent made his move. (photo by Daniel McCauley)



Corrie Smith of Lakeside earned the win in the 5000m with her time of 18:43.86.  (photo by Daniel McCauley)



Olivia Escobedo of Paideia, Corrie Smith of Lakeside, and Anna Hayden of Riverwood made the podium in the 5000m.  (photo by Daniel McCauley)



State Champ Devin Dixon blasted a 1:55.18 for the win in the 800m! (photo by Daniel McCauley)



800 winner Brenda Ayuk of Alexander earned one of the custom trophies courtesy of Nike & Big Peach Running Co. (photo by Daniel McCauley)



Sophia West of Paideia shadowed Madison Allie of Locus Grove before West took control in the second half of the 3200m. (photo by Daniel McCauley)



USATF National XC Champion Chase Kennedy leads Carl Ellis "Scooter" Corley of Bleckley County in the 3200m. (photo by Daniel McCauley)



Home track favorite Parkview battled with Hebron Christian in the Girls 4x400 Relay. (photo by Daniel McCauley)



Eagle's Landing were solid gold in the Girls 4x400 posting a time of 4:20.16. (photo by Daniel McCauley)



Photo Finish! Riverwood ran down Archer in the final meters of the 4x400 to win by 0.22 seconds. (photo by Daniel McCauley)



Each member of the Riverwood 4x400 Relay Team received a custom trophy thanks to Meet Director Mike Demarest. (photo by Daniel McCauley)



Bleckley County Boys were the Overall Champions posting 20 points - East Jackson took 2nd with 18 points. (photo by Daniel McCauley)

Below are the performances entered for the meet that met the national silver standard.

HS Girls
5,000 Meter Run18:43.86Corrie SmithLakeside HS, DeKalb
5,000 Meter Run19:06.76Anna HaydenRiverwood International Charter School
HS Boys
3,200 Meter Run9:39.56Chase KennedyEast Jackson High School
5,000 Meter Run15:31.11Andrew KentLakeside HS, DeKalb
5,000 Meter Run15:35.52Braeden CollinsAlexander
800 Meter Run1:55.15Devin DixonEagle's Landing High School
800 Meter Run1:57.62Tyler WhortonAlexander

7 National Elites. 16 Elites.

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