Marietta Distance Carnival: Distance Stars Heat Up the Track

Jonathan Rachal, Zack Truitt, and Parker Buchheit jostle for position in the 800 meters.
(all photos by Marc Logan)

What a great meet held Saturday at the 8th Annual Marietta Distance Carnival. Some great early season performances were achieved, especially it being just mid-February. Eleven athletes achieved MileSplit Elite performances in the 3200, 1600, and 800-meter races. Video of all races was uploaded overnight Saturday here and a large photo gallery posted earlier today. Meet Director, Marietta head track coach Nick Houstoulakis commented after the meet, "We kicked off the season today with a great field of talented teams! It was fun to watch track athletes compete again after last season was cut short almost one year ago. The races today were competitive and exciting to watch. The Steeplechase is always a fan favorite and the event didn't disappoint as the competitors put in a show. Many meet records were set today including the 4x800 set by the Gainesville boys and 3200m set by Andrew Jones of North Hall. Overall we are just excited to have the opportunity to get back to the sport we all love! This meet today was a fun way to kick start the season.

The boys 3200 became a showdown between Kamari Miller and Andrew Jones (3)

Andrew Jones emerged victorious clocking a 9:09 to Miller's 9:12. Kamari did compete in the 1600-meters in the first event of the day though. 

Zack Truitt of Landmark Christian came out swinging taking the 1600 win in 4:16.56

Parker Bucheit of Harrison announced his presence with authority winning the 800 in 1:54.07!

Senior Matthew Brown from Hart County won the steeplechase clocking a 6:14

Pace Academy held off Oconee County winning the Distance Medley Relay in a time of 10:45

Gainesville won the 4x800 relay besting Archer and Richmond Hill going 8:25

Nina Oulette, Betsy Gordon, Elle Mezzio, Luna McCauley, and Hannah Schemmel joust for position off the starting line in the 1600 meters.

Heat 1 has a solid pack with three laps to go. 

Hannah Schemmel was in top form as she ran away from the pack clocking a 5:08.13

Schemmel's day was not complete until she also won the 800-meter run going 2:20.38

Girls 800 Heat 1

Rylee Evans of Woodland won Heat 1 of the girls 3200 meters clocking an 11:40 (Clara Heppner turned in the fastest time in Heat 3 going 11:39)

Riley Perlakowski dominated the steeplechase clocking a time of 7:33

Woodland held off Oconee County down the stretch seizing victory in the DMR at 10:45

Riley Perlakowski of Harrison displays her strength and balance with this landing on the water jump.

Heat 1 of the Boys 3200