Archer Invitational Meet Preview

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Sam Wright of Archer Ranks #1 in the Outdoor Shot so far

The Archer Invitational is bigger and better than ever this year as the state's best come to Lawrenceville!

"Coach Shells and I started this process way back in September. Our goal was to establish the Archer Invitational as the premier season-opening meet in the state and I think we have done just that. This meet has grown larger and larger each year which is a credit to Coach McCartney and direction of this program. This year we wanted to attract top programs and elite performers from across the state while also allowing any Gwinnett County School the opportunity to compete as well. The interest and support we immediately received for this was through the roof. It has almost become a sudo-Preseason Meet of Champions as 7 of the Top 10 teams from the 6A Boys state meet last year will be in attendance and all of the Top 5. 5A State Champion Southwest Dekalb will also be there. On the Girls side, 6 of the Top 10 teams from the 6A Championships will be there and 5 of the top 6. The Girls field also features 5A Champion North Springs and 3A Champion Greater Atlanta Christian. It truly is  an impressive list."

The sprinting events should be outstanding all afternoon with McEachern, Wstlake, Archer, Newton, Tucker, Southwest Dekalb, Campbell, Baldwin, South Gwinnett, Buford and North Springs all expecting to have National caliber relays and individual performers within the sprints and hurdles group. The distance action should also be very exciting this year led by Brookwood, Collins Hill, Lambert, Archer, Peachtree Ridge and Northview. And field events will be kicked off bright and early (9:00) with Archer's (SR.) Sam Wright in the Shot Put. (64-2.5) Expect some fantastic marks in both the Long and Triple Jumps and a stacked pole vault competition as well.  

"I cannot begin to tell you how excited we are to host this incredible competition! Not just for the programs that will be in attendance but for the track and field community as a whole. I think it makes quite a statement when you sit back and look at the list of entries, that if you build it...they will come!" 

Schedule of Events

8:30am - Coaches Meeting

Field Events
9:00/10:15am - Start times for all field events
Shot G/B, 
Discus B/G, 
Long Jump G/B (Triple Jump G/B will follow LJ)
High Jump G/B (Girls starting height 4ft, Boys starting height 5ft)
Pole Vault G/B (Girls starting height 6ft, Boys starting height 8ft)

Running Events
All running events will be girls followed by boys- fastest runners will be in first heats. We are going to stick to this schedule as best we can but if we do get behind we will roll the schedule. However the events WILL NOT start prior to the listed times 
10:00am 3200m (G/B to be run separately)
11:45am Opening Ceremonies
12:00am 4x800 relay 
12:30pm 4x100m relay
1:00pm 400m dash
1:30pm 100m dash
2:00pm 100/110m hurdles
2:30pm 800m run
3:00pm 200m dash
3:30pm 300m hurdles
4:00pm 1600m run
4:30pm 4x400m relay