Hot Racing at the Chick Fil-A Invitational @ Union Grove

(all photos by Marc Logan's Flash Forward Photography)

Frosh Jaylen Slade (c) was 'the Star' of the Chick Fil-A Invitational

Sooner.. hopefully than later, the Metro ATL area will begin to feel like Spring, as athletes once again dealt with unseasonably colder temps and breezy weather yet once again. But, it did not stop scores of talented athletes from heating up the track at Union Grove Saturday. 34 MileSplit 2nd team Elite Performances were achieved and a rising star announced his presence with authority. MD's commented, "The competition was great and it was an awesome all around meet as 37 teams representing all classifications from a wide cross-section of the state battled it out in some great races.  The meet also served as a great mid-season barometer for a lot of programs" 

Chapel Hill's Boys established themselves as a 5A powerhouse winning the Boys team title by scoring 85 points besting 5A Eagle's Landing by 16 points with 7A Shiloh a 1/2 point back taking 3rd place. Starrs Mill came out on top on the Girls side besting 3A Westminster by 12 points, with 7A Archer 3rd. Starrs did it by winning the 4x800, scoring 16 points in the PV with Julia Carson taking 1st and picking up alot of points in many events with 3rd place finishes and in the top 8. 

Jaylen Slade of Chapel winning the 100m dash in 10.67

Jaylen Slade of Chapel Hill HS continues to prove he is indeed the real deal. Slade began his day winning the Triple Jump with a mark of 45-05 (his pr is 47-6) The fast Frosh threw down 10.67 in the 100m dash and followed that with what has to be a Georgia freshman record time of 21.44 in the 200m.  Slade was a key cog in Chapel Hill's winning 4x100 squad (41.88) and 4th place 4x800 squad (3:27.37) 

Elijah Berry of Shiloh (3) is seen here winning the 400m dash in a sweet time of 47.95. Berry, in a rare 400/800 combination of events, later won the 800m run going 1:56.29

Myles Collins of Archer remained undefeated in the 1600m run this season posting a 4:21.78 edging a game Calan Gizelbach of Central Forsyth at 4:22.55 (rear)

Chapel Hill (lane 6) shocked the field running away with the Boys 4x100 clocking a 41.88

Eagle's Landing and Shiloh push it coming into the Boys 4x400 finish!

In the best way possible to end a meet, Eagle's Landing and Shiloh battled the entire race with Eagles taking the win by .04 in a photo finish going 3:16.67!

Stockbridge (lane 4) prepares to pass the baton to their anchor coming from behind to win the Girls 4x100 relay posting a winning time of 48.26

Jazmine Hobson of Shiloh (lane 4) wins the 100m dash in 12.08 and later completed a double taking the 200m as well clocking a 25.22. Taking 2nd in the 100m was Jasmine Logan from Eagle's Landing HS in lane 3.

1600m dash girls sprint for the holeshot. Pictured (L-R) are Westminster's Katherine Vuckovic, Mackenzie Walls of Veterans HS and Naima Turbes of Westminster. Turbes took the win going 5:08.41. Walls won the 3200 later clocking an 11:17..

The Girls 800m race went down to the wire, as Naima Turbes (r) edged Chapel Hill's Ilene Soleyn (who earlier won the 400m dash at 57.39)  by .44 clocking a 2:19.30

Darci Khan of Stockbridge clears the final hurdle in the Girls 300m hurdle race, but..its never over till the finish line as Jayda Burkett of host Union Grove (rear) caught and passed her for the win going 45.28.

34 performances met the MileSplit US Second Team standard.

100 Meter Dash Finals12.08Jazmine HobsonShiloh High School
1600 Meter Run Finals5:08.41Naima TurbesWestminster School
300 Meter Hurdles Finals45.28Jayda BurkettUnion Grove
300 Meter Hurdles Finals45.52Darci KhanStockbridge High School
3200 Meter Run Finals11:17.68Mackenzie WallsVeterans HS
400 Meter Dash Finals57.39Ilene SoleynChapel Hill High School
800 Meter Run Finals2:19.30Naima TurbesWestminster School
800 Meter Run Finals2:19.74Ilene SoleynChapel Hill High School
Discus Finals121-2Kamaria HortonEagle's Landing High School
Discus Finals128-6Antania SwainCedar Grove
Long Jump Finals17-6AnaSimone GuillaumeWoodward Academy
Long Jump Finals17-8Paishence CollierEast Coweta
Long Jump Finals18-1.75Laney KronzForsyth Central
Triple Jump Finals36-5Erica O'NealShiloh High School
100 Meter Dash Finals10.67Jaylen SladeChapel Hill High School
110 Meter Hurdles Finals14.63Ahumad WilliamsEast Coweta
1600 Meter Run Finals4:21.78Myles CollinsArcher HS
1600 Meter Run Finals4:22.55Calan GizelbachForsyth Central
200 Meter Dash Finals21.44Jaylen SladeChapel Hill High School
300 Meter Hurdles Finals38.68Carl StephensStockbridge High School
300 Meter Hurdles Finals39.47Antaures JacksonEagle's Landing High School
400 Meter Dash Finals47.95Elijah BerryShiloh High School
400 Meter Dash Finals48.58Evan JacksonEagle's Landing High School
400 Meter Dash Finals49.13Omar SimpsonShiloh High School
400 Meter Dash Finals49.34Shawn LangleyChapel Hill High School
4x100 Meter Relay Finals41.88Relay TeamChapel Hill
4x400 Meter Relay Finals3:16.67Relay TeamEagle's Landing High School
4x400 Meter Relay Finals3:16.71Relay TeamShiloh High School
800 Meter Run Finals1:56.29Elijah BerryShiloh High School
800 Meter Run Finals1:57.43Domonic MaciasUnion Grove
Discus Finals160-3Jase HunterEagle's Landing High School
High Jump Finals6-6Sultan SimmsWoodward Academy
Shot Put Finals54-1.75Marlone TaylorGlynn Academy
Triple Jump Finals45-5Jaylen SladeChapel Hill High School