This year will be the biggest race ever at Roper Park! With 1843 athletes, which is 729 more athletes than last year, Pickens Preview promises to have some top competition. The biggest changes this year are; fully automatic timing by Perfect Timing Group, and better competition top to bottom.
With the most teams ever at a Roper Park event, the Sharptop Invitational had 25 HS teams and 10 MS teams. On a perfect morning with cool temperatures and tons of runners, the course would see many things, including the boys’ course record broken by two runners, and very close team races.
What Could be better than getting 2 different perspectives of the action Saturday at Boling Park. Logan Poteet was flawless as usual, is 'Iceman' a good description of his running strategy?
Warpath looks like an interesting meet even with a few teams not running their varsity. On this quick course where only two have broken 15:40, Logan Poteet will be trying to reset his own course record. This 3 loop course has had some changes based on previous events held at the course. This year the middle school runners will be running last which puts the Varsity Girls start at 8am. This race looks like its setting up to be a good race to run a season PR for most.
On an incredibly hot and humid day of racing at Roper Park, teams came out to scorch the competition. Milton Boys proved they are ready for the big show this year, having 5 in the top 7 made the race an easy win with 22 points. On the girls side, it was a race between two teams, Heritage Catoosa and Milton. In the end Heritage Catoosa proved stronger and made a last mile push to win by 16.
Teams from around the state will start their season off up in Jasper at Roper Park this Saturday for the Pickens Preview. A total of 21 high schools and 11 middle school teams, bringing over 1000 runners to compete will make this one of the biggest races of the weekend! The course is very interesting as runners will get to run through a tunnel that runs underneath the road on the way to some trails, then back again to the park and the finish. The day starts off with both middle school races, followed by the Varsity high school races then JV.
Here's some great Video shot by ga.milesplit correspondent Taylor Ford from the Georgia Middle School State Track and Field Championships.
The Middle School Track Championships was an all day affair filling the home side stands with screaming student-athletes and parents alike with fans mashed together hanging over the railings to get a glimpse of the future HS stars in Georgia Track. Oak Hill MS of Baldwin County are the Girls Team Champions and Hilsman MS from Athens are the Boys Team Champions.The stars of the meet for the Girls were 'Athlete of the Meet' Tia Jones of Full Throttle as she tripled in the 100/200/100 hudles, Anna Marion Block as she doubled in the 800/1600 and Sterling Lester from Marietta as she doubled in the 400m/300h. For the Boys Justin Long of Tucker MS was the Boys 'Athlete of the Week' sweeping the 200/400 and anchoring the 4x100 team to 1st. Griffin McCauley is 'Mr.Distance' as he set a new record in the 3200m Friday at 10:14, placed 2nd in the 1600, and 4th in the 800m.
The Burrito Mile is back for the 3rd year in a row! Last year the boys winner was Alex Johnson in 6:47, and Jenn Cook in 9:04. Alex Johnson won a tight race over Etowah Alum Ryan Cross. This year we are hoping for a bigger turnout, and much stronger competition. We are holding the race at Etowah High School on May 17th at 10am. This year we are bringing back the 4x800 to back up the main event!
31 teams were scheduled to run at the 2014 Westlake Relays with many of them having top athletes. Nationally ranked sprinters and relays threw down against team powerhouses in an exciting day of running with some events that aren’t run as frequent. Images and video should be coming soon...
The Westlake Relays is the place to be Saturday as 31 teams converge into South Atlanta to do battle in a variety of Relays, Field Events and showcase Individual events. Ga.MileSplit will be onsite shooting stills and video once again. In the relay section the highlight event will be the 4x100 with Westlake battling against New Manchester as the both are under 47.5 which puts them top 15 in the nation.
Tactical races may be seen all season during track to conserve energy, but that wasn’t the case at the Coaches Invite. Two gorgeous days set up for two amazing days of running, jumping and throwing. Meet records, school records, and personal records were shattered throughout the two days
. This meet did not disappoint as some athletes jumped right back to where they were last year. On the Girls side Westlake came into the meet wanting to prove their dominance last year will continue even with all the graduating seniors from last year. Batons flying through the air, missed exchanges in relays, and multiple falls, spills, and faceplants. But, the athletes stormed through the mishaps to make this meet incredibly fast and exciting! Video wil be loaded of many events Sunday of this exciting meet! 20 National Silver Elite Performances were achieved at the Lions Showcase!!
Here is a recap of the Wendy's Invitational held at McAlpine Park, just east of Charlotte, NC. As most of you in the Community are aware of McAlpine Greenway is also the venue for the Foot Locker South Regional. Some highly ranked Georgia schools made it an overnighter including Etowah, Flowery Branch, Westminster and Lambert.
The Berry College Clara Bowl Invite was again a great event highlighted by the hotly contested, super competitive 'Big Boys' race..Coming into the race there was a lot of hype on the boys side, with Mill Creek and St. Pius X rematch from the Stage Races, and Peachtree Ridge who did not run last week. Berry was the coming out party for not only the boys of The Ridge, but also the highly anticipated girls’ team. Peachtree Ridge and Mill Creek took to the front of the race early to establish themselves and avoid the traffic. The oppressive heat and humidity began to take its toll in the 1A-4A races and throughout the JV races (pics by S.Weaver)