Georgia's top 3 Milers are locked in at McEachern.
(all photos by Alex Brust)
It was a big, long day of top competition for Georgia high school track and field as 40 schools came together at McEachern's track facility in a top-notch tune-up a week before region championships begin. A grand total of 73 MileSplit National Elite performances were recorded and three of the top Milers in Georgia tested the mondo at the site of the 2021 7A-2A-A Private state championships venue. This was the hottest ticket of the season for a Georgia HS track meet as the venue reached its 30% capacity early (Cobb County COVID-19 restrictions) and reports were some fans actually began attempting to scale the fences in an attempt to get inside.
The event of the day was definitely Heat 5 of the boy's 1600-meter race as Sully Shelton of Harrison (4:07.42), Kamari Miller of Marietta (4:14.06), and Zack Truitt of Landmark Christian (4:13.98) quickly separated from the chase pack as Shelton led for the first 3 laps. Truitt and Miller then made their moves and dueled the final lap as Zack sprinted hard the final 100 meters clocking a new US # 2 time of 4:06.69. Video
McEachern Invitational meet director and head coach elaborated after the meet, "We are getting positive feedback into the quality of the field of teams that competed on Saturday. The private schools and smaller classifications had athletes that could handle their own with higher classes. On the girls' side, Allyria McBride doubled up in the 100H and 300H. Adaejah Hodge from Alexander broke the meet record in the 100M with an 11.70. Mya Turner had an impressive 200M with a time of 24.28. Riley Perlakowski brought the crowd to their feet in the 800 crossing the finish line at 2:10.13. Walton's Girls had an impressive 47.19 in the 4x100. Trinity Stephens came away with the Discus win with a 119-2. Jayda Lowe held on to win the Triple Jump with a jump of 37-3.75.
On the Boy's side, we started the day off with the top 4 runners all breaking the meet record in the 1600-meter run. The winner, Zach Truitt (Landmark) 4:06.89, 2nd Kamari Miller (Marietta) 4:08.9, 3rd Sully Shelton (Harrison) 4:15, and Colin Reilly (Marist) took 4th place. Collin Chapman of Lambert ran away from the field in the 3200 clocking a 9:33.08. Tauheed Ferguson of Apalachee won the 100M with a time of 10.67. Eric Young ran away with the field in the 200 coming in at 21.41. Will Sumner of Woodstock continues to impress winning the 400 in 47.35. Grady took the top two places in the 300H with Fredrick Hamilton 1st 38.87 and Jackson Sexton 2nd 39.33. The Boys HJ came down to misses which each athlete clearing 6'8". Taking 1st Place Isaac Osifo of West Forsyth, 2nd Zach Marinko of Pope and 3rd place was Jens Rueckert of McEachern. The following throwers had big days with Ethan Sinon winning the Shot 51-3 and 2nd in Discus 160-3. Javan Parara won the Discus throwing 162-08. Rounding out the day in the 4x400 relay, West Forsyth 3:21.22 edged out the win against Harrison 3:21.97.
Georgia Tech signee Zack Truitt seems to get faster every race turning in a 4:06.69 1600m time
Harrison's girls triumphed in the 4x800 going 9:33.90
Alexander makes a good pass in winning the boy's 4x800 relay at 7:57.57
Langston Hughes proved the 4x200 is going to be a hit in 2022 as they took gold going 1:29.18
Walton got off to a fast start on the way to taking the team title winning the 4x100 at 47.19
North Atlanta raced to the 4x100 win in the Heat 4 race clocking a time of 42.05
Makenze Kelley of Campbell HS (c) took the 400m dash win at 55.86
Will Sumner of Woodstock loves the pain as prepares to cross the finish line in the 400m dash in 47.35
Adaejah Hodge of Alexander (L) set a new meet record of 11.70 in the 100m dash
Tauheed Ferguson of Apalachee tuned up for region posting a 10.77 winning the 100m dash
Allyria McBride of Wheeler edged Zionn Rice of McEachern in both hurdles races
Jacari Simpson of Mill Creek won the 110h (14.67) besting CJ McFerrin of Alpharetta
Riley Perlakowski of Harrison laid down a 2:10.13 in the 800m run
Watch Jaylen Mallett of Marist take the 800m win in 1:57.73
Mya Turner from Alpharetta won the 200m dash in 24.28
Grady's 300h duo of Fredrick Hamilton and Jackson Sexton swept the top 2 places
Jamie Marlowe of Grady won the 3200m run in 11:22
Colin Chapman of Lambert was victorious in the 3200m run at 9:33
Watch an exciting heat 3 race of the Girls 4x400 heat 3 race of the Girls 4x400 won by Alexander in 3:58.15
Watch hotly-contested boys 4x400 won by West Forsyth at 3:21.22