Hebron Christian Too Strong, Truitt Wills Landmark to Title

Zack Truitt High Point Champion (photo Dan McCauley)

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Zack Truitt willed Landmark Christian to the team title (photo Daniel McCauley)

This is all about a young man that has spent the better part of his young life, attending Landmark Christian School and after many trials and tribulations, it has all come together in his senior year.  Truitt, a Georgia Tech signee, went 'Iron Man' and has been a very busy man the past 3 weeks beginning with the region meet. Truitt dropped the 3200m genre and changed his training a bit to get him ready for a very difficult combination of events, including 1600, 800, 400,m, and 4x400 relay. Needless to say, he willed Landmark Christian to another state title scoring 28.5 points for the Eagles, winning the 1600m (4:16), 800 (1:56.13), placing 3rd in the 400m (39.11), and having a gutty anchor leg performance preserving a 4x400 win (3:20.31) for his school. Joshua Smith did his part in the field events winning the triple jump with a mark48-9.50 while placing 3rd in the long jump.

Brogan Korta of Calvary Day and Grey Bourlet of Tallulah Falls duel in the 110 hurdles (photo Daniel McCauley)

Stratford Academy-  had their best team finish in school history since beginning to compete in the GHSA. They got off to a strong start scoring 16 points in the high jump behind champion Jack Miscal who cleared 6-08 and teammate Keondre Glover with a bar of 6-04. It was while before Stratford scored until they racked up 21 points in the hurdles including a gold medal by Walden Davis in the 300h going 40.13 Stratford closed out their scoring placing 2nd in the 4x400 at 3:25. 

Tallulah Falls relay squad (file photo Dan McCauley)

Tallulah Falls- 
The Indians finished a school-record third overall, finishing as the #3-ranked program in the state. Grey Bourlet paced the team with a state runner-up finish in both the pole vault and 110-meter hurdles. He also finished third in the 300-meter hurdles. Teammate Simeon Respress was runner-up in the long jump, and finished sixth in the high jump, while Evan Prince came in fourth in the 800, fourth in 1600, and 10th in the 3200. The Indians 4x800 Relay came in fourth, and the 4x400 came in fifth.

Joe Sapone leads Mac Howie and Evan Prince en route to winning the 3200m run (photo Dan McCauley)

Holy Innocents- The Golden Bears were led primarily by distance aces Joe Sapone and William Welden. They won a very competitive inaugural 4x800 race posting a time of 8:05.68 besting a strong Wesleyan squad. Sapone took gold in the 3200m recording a nice time of 9:24. Welden raced to 3rd in the 1600m race posting a 4:24.08 and added a third-place finish Saturday at 1:59.87. 

Holy Innocents winning 4x800 squad (photo Dan McCauley)

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Hebron Christian's winning 4x400 squad (photo Dan McCauley)

Hebron Christian- The Lions were primed to take the A-Private team title and did not have any letdowns scoring a total of 112 points having a 34 point margin of victory over a strong Wesleyan team. Scoring big points for Hebron Christian was distance runner Ellie Brewer (her first season of Track) Brewer won the 3200m race at 11:18, placed 2nd in the 1600 going 5:10 and was 5th in the 800m. The Lions picked up 19 points in the pole vault as Rachel Ruff won the event clearing 10-06, while teammates Libby Jackson (10-0) and Rhys Morrow (9-06) were 4th and 5th. Hebron placed 2nd in the 4x800 relay posting a time of 9:49.

Hebron Christian won the 4x400 and 4x100 relays (photo Dan McCauley)

Not known for their speed, the worm has turned for the Lions as they raced to 4x100 gold clocking a 49.08  Layton Glisson sped to 100m gold in 12.61, and later doubled in the 200m at 25.60  The Lions ended a great meet by winning the 4x400 relay in 4:02.08 

As usual, Wesleyan was strong in the field events scoring 39 points. The Wolves picked up 14 points in the triple jump as Nea Sanders was 2nd with a mark of 36-10 and Sade Ojanuga took 3rd at 36-08 and Imani Washington won the shot with a toss of 41-6.50 and was 2nd in the discus at 125-03.  Sanders was 2nd in the 400m dash going 57.20 and 2nd in the 300h (45.84), Ojanuga also took 4th in the 100h. Wesleyan closed out their scoring in the 4x400 at 4:07. On a side note, they did not score any distance points even though they were 2020 team xc champs... 

Ayden Drake of Providence Christian swept the hurdles events (photo Dan McCauley)

Providence Christian- In the field Ellison Chadwick placed 2nd in the long jump at 16-09 and 4th in the 100m- 12.69 and 3rd in the 200m. Ayden Drake swept the hurdles events in times of 15.21 and 44.82 and placed 3rd in the 400m at 57.22.  

Mount Pisgah- Savannah Simmons won long jump gold at 17-04.50 and placed 2nd in the 200m at 25.87, Maddy Childress took the triple jump title with a mark of 37-01 and was 3rd in the 100m. 

Girls 4x800 Team Podium (photo Dan McCauley)

Cara Joyce of AIS won the 800m and 1600m races (photo Dan McCauley)

Elizabeth Cowley from Brookstone raced to the 400m crown (photo Dan McCauley)