Woodward Girls Surge Late, Blessed Trinity Survives Finals

Kenyah Conner of Woodward placed 2nd in the 800m 

Woodward Academy's girls had the most talented athletes in 5A and it paid off as they surged late coming from behind and passing St. Pius X (who had zero scoring opportunities after the 800m run and a Banneker squad that was matching up well against them on Saturday. The War Eagles suffered a blow when Olivia Powell was unable to compete at Sectionals which had to hurt. Woodward only won one event the entire meet with Savannah Simms taking Gold in the Triple Jump with a mark of  39-2.50. They did it with an assortment of 2nds, 3rds, and 4ths. Kenyah Conner was 2nd in the 800m run at 2:14.97, their relay squads picked up a total of 12 points after a crushing blow of a false start in the 4x100 finals. Simms had a huge 4th place finish in the 300h, followed by their 4x400 squad's 2nd place effort of 3:54.60 which preserved the win passing St. Pius X and while keeping Banneker back in third as a team. 

Hannah Miniutti is stalked by Hannah Schemmel in the 1600m

St. Pius X poured it on the first 2 days with their distance strength putting all their chips on the table in the 1600, 3200, and 4x800 relay and it was a good play as they racked up 45 points. Hannah Schemmel won the 3200 going 10:25.72 and Grace Von Bieberstein was 3rd at 11:09. Schemmel placed 2nd the night before in the 1600m going 4:56.42 with Mary Brady 3rd at 4:58.77. (Bieberstein-5th) the Golden Lions were runner-ups in the 4x800 behind victor Blessed Trinity. Charlotte Hodge scored their only field event points placing 2nd in the vault with a clearance of 11-06.

Madison Gardener of Banneker (L) won the 400m

Banneker had a nice run during finals on Saturday scoring all of their points. The Lady Trojans struck quickly winning the 4x100 in 47.95 and closed fast taking the 4x400 clocking a 3:50.72. Madison Gardener seized a gold medal in the 400m dash going 54.94, and took a pair of 4th's in the short sprints, and Ivory Davis was runner-up in the 100h in 14.56 

Freshman Yahnari Lyons of Jonesboro was 2nd in the 100m dash behind Lashanti Williams 

Maynard Jackson and Jonesboro were a dead heat for the final team podium spot with 43 points each. Maynard was led by hurdler Jessicka Woods who won the 100h at 14.47 and placed 2nd in the 300h in 42.81 and Bre'yanah Hill won shot put gold at 42-02. Freshman Yahnari Lyons propelled Jonesboro winning the 200m in 24.07 and 2nd in the 100m dash at 11.88, Queen Adams won the high jump with a bar of 5-04 and the 4x100 squad won a silver.

5A Boys

Blessed Trinity's Adam Wade #1 and Ben Rothering #2

Blessed Trinity's strong distance program enjoyed much success on days 1 and 2 at Carrollton. Along with jumper Jordan McCants, the Titans scored 50 points by Friday's end. But, the Titans only had one scoring opportunity on finals and would be checking the Live Results after every 5A boy's event concluded Saturday. Fortune was with them as no team was able to catch and pass them. They earned it as few others have... Benjamin Rothering won the 3200m in 9:24 with Adam Wade 2nd at 9:27. On Thursday Wade placed 2nd in the 1600m going 4:19.08 with Rothering a second behind in 4:20.18. The Titans' 4x800 squad placed 4th at 8:07. McCant's placed 2nd in the long jump with a mark of 22-05 and 4th in the triple jump. 

Starrs Mill fights it out in the 4x400

Starr's Mile scratched and clawed their way to 2nd on the team podium with 47.5 points. The Panthers were led by their relay squads who took 3rd in the 4x400 and 2nd in the 4x800, Marc Stampley picked up 11 points in the horizontal jumps, and a silver medal in the 300h clocking a 38.07. 

Eoin McNally of Decatur wins the 1600

Creekside rolled up 41 points claiming 3rd as a team behind elite athlete Dainsus Miller who won the 300h going 37.88, and the triple jump at 46-10. Winning the discus was Akinwale Josh Dare with a toss of 165-0. Decatur scored all their points in the distance events led by Eoin McNally who was 1600m champ in 4:18.77 and runner-up in the 800m run in 1:55.57

Frosh, Zion Ragins of Jones County (lane 4) swept the 100/200m