Quintaveon Poole from Washington County was the top 400m man in the state, defending his title and improved his pr to 47.30 in the finals making the top 10 USA MileSplit elite list after his performance. (I cut off the .30 in the scoreboard pic like a dummy)
Pics from Georgia Olympics Finals from Jefferson
Images from Bruce Taylor from Thursday Field Events.
Various Pics by ACS Hurdles Coach Mike Fowler from Thursday
Kenan Farmer of Walton must have decided that he just wasn't going to settle for anything less than a Gold medal in this race. Many others had faster pr's, but Farmer (and just maybe Coach Gower saw an opportunity) As always, this was the 'Big Boy's race', Brookwood's duo split the 1st lap near 1:04. Farmer bided his time, slowly moving into 4th with 950 meters left., but snaked his way into the lead a few meters before the 800 mark splitting 2:10 and began to press the pace. The top 5 began to settle a bit with 500 meters left, anticipating a mad 400m kick coming up. At the gun lap, it was as if Farmer was shot out of a cannon, throwing that 'Hurst' shifter down to 3rd gear and speeding away for the Gold medal...in 4:11.47beating Josh Ingalls of Brookwood in 4:12.82. Tyler Woodrome of Mill Creek placed 3rd in 4:13 and Will Henderson from Parkview was 4th in 4:14.
3200 Meter Finals Gallery
Mt. Zion Jonesboro scored in every single event Saturday adding a 2nd here, a 3rd there..etc.. and capped it off by finally getting a Gold in the 4x400m relay clocking a 3:16.82 totalling 58 points giving the Bulldogs a much deserved 5A title. Stephenson fought hard till the end scoring 46 securing the runnerup spot with Union Grove a surprising 3rd at 30, with New Machester and Cedar Shoals tying for 4th place at 28. Taylor Huntley of McIntosh came from behind to win the 800m in spectacular fashion defending his title in 1:55.16
Shiloh HS won their first Track title on Saturday afternoon clinching their title early behind the legs of speedy Jeremy McDuffie as he won 4 gold medals leading the Generals march to the Podium. The competition was intense for the runnerup team spot as Brookwood (41) and 3rd place Westlake (40.5) and Rockdale County were right in the mix till their last stride in the 4x400m relay. The 400 and 800m races were epic as both events came down to the wire....
Shiloh HS is the pre-meet favorite after winning Region and getting their top scorers out of Sectionals. If they perform as they have all season the Generals could have it clinched before the 4x400m relay. Westlake looks to be a contender and Brookwood's top guns will have them near the top of the leaderboard (electronic) by Friday's end. There are no less than 5 teams with an opportunity to bust into the top 4 including Lovejoy, Grayson, Mill Creek, Rockdale County and Collins Hill.
Christian Coleman from Our Lady of Mercy set at least 2 new Individual A records in the short sprints including a 10.38 in the 100m and 21.12 in the 200 meters. He also anchored OLM's 4x100m team to a new record in 41.88.
Day 1 of the2014 Georgia Olympics had some outstanding performances achieved by athletes from all classes. It was definitely 'Hot as Georgia Asphalt' in Jefferson earlier today, confounding climatologists statewide as it seemed weatherwise we all were down in Albany without the gnats, lol. Daniel Haugh from St.Pius X thrilled the fans and his fellow throwers alike winning the 3A Discus with his 1st attempt in 194-5. A few of the highlites ga.milesplit shot pics for are included in this brief article..
It could be a probability that Marist is once again going to defend and sweep the 4A team titles in Track and Field, much like the War Eagles accomplished in Cross Country this past Fall. 100 points may not be out of the question if they are hitting on all cylinders. Carrollton figures to be in contention for 2nd as well as Banneker with the final 4th team honors wide open with Statesboro and Redan having the upper hand.
Jeramey Hampton from North Gwinnett HS rocked the house in the hottest 800m race of the Georgia Olympics putting it another gear down the homestretch, running down and passing Brookwood's Josh Ingalls just before the line clocking a 1:51.84. Ingalls was .02 back...What a fantastic race!
Jeremy McDuffie from Shiloh was flawless doubling in the 6A hurdles and winning TJ Gold leading the Generals to a much deserved state title.
St. Pius may be the most overwhelming favorite to repeat as team champs at the Georgia Olympics this week. If you take out all their (3rd/4th) distance runners from the virtual meet I ran its still possible the Golden Lions may ring up 100 points. Cedar Grove is strong in the relays, sprints and Washington County has their share of athletes that can score big points. Henry County, Central, North Hall and Elbert County will be battling for a Podium spot.
6A- Kenan Farmer put on a show Thurs nite in the 1600, could he sweep the 6A distance events by taking the 3200m? Or could we get thru this race unscathed with another scattered T'storm raising it's dark purple head with balatas spiking several thousand feet above?
Sandy Creek always has speedy relay squads and Saturday blew out the dust going 41.27 winning the 4x100m race earning the 'Best Performance Award' taking the Gold in the 4A division. The 4x100m win helped the 'Pats' to a 9th place team finish .
Westlake fell short of winning the 6A title, but closed strong having the fastest 4x400m performance of the Georgia Olympics Finals clocking a 3:16.06
A Private- Reilly Friedman of Galloway used a lot of energy chasing Keough in the 1600 Thursday nite and the ? is will he have enough left in the tank to best Shane Sullivan from Mt Pisgah. And did he ever as Friedman broke off the line and never looked back defending his title clocking a 9:31
Austin Sprague has dominated the 3A didtance scene the past 3 years, but allowed the 1600m finals to be interesting as he yo-yo'd between 1st and 3rd for 1500 meters before passing teamate Andrew 'Nasty' taking the win in 4:18. Anastasiades took the Silver medal in 4:22. Munns of Blessed Trinity showed some guts taking the lead with 600 meters to go, but McClay's Navy battened down the hatches regrouping making it a Lions' sweep.
5A- Poteet was impressive and strong in the 1600 going 4:15, could he double in the 3200? Logan left no doubt to who the man in 5A is, grabbing the lead early with the pack tucking in behind splitting lap 1 around 1:06.
This had all the makings of being a showdown betwixt Poteet from Kell and Bowles from Lakeside Evans, but soon became Logan Poteet's masterpiece as he just dominated the race from start to finish clocking a 4:15. Poteet took it out early never looking back posting a 4:15. Corey Jones from Richmond hung tough for 2nd in 4:19, Josh Salter of Northview was a surprising 3rd at 4:21
I was shooting video of the 1600 meter races and can't wait for you guys to watch it. Keenan Farmer had an amazing race for Walton, taking over the lead after lap 2 and at the gun lap and poured it on pulling away for win in 4:11. I' m adding video for each race in a few minutes which should tell the story much better than I could describe the races in print.
For the 5A Boys division the outlook is similar to 6A as Mt. Zion Jonesboro has ran well all season and has the studs being the odds on favorite to win the team title. They are so strong that clinching the title could be possible after the 200 meters. New Manchester will attempt to keep pace as they are tight in the jumps, hurdles and relays. battling for top 4 spots could be Stephenson, Lakeside DeKalb and Kell.
Team Champs were crowned Saturday, with each class having their own path to the title. A full summary of each class is coming beginning late Sunday afternoon, with pics of every winner in each event for all classes. Thursday Field Event participants had to endure blazing hot temps (much like Albany usually is) The 1600 Meter Finals topped off the evening as the sun dropped behind the scoreboard and trees making conditions for fast times possible. Friday, temps cooled, but the action on the Track for 2A-6A prelims was very hot, getting the contenders in position to make runs at titles Saturday. ACS dominated A Private scoring 118 points adding yet another title to their resume. Shiloh, Mt.Zion Jonesboro, Marist, St.Pius X, Lamar County and Hancock Central are your 2014 GHSA Team Champions.
St.Pius X ace Austin Sprague was a big favorite to close out his HS career by winning the 3200m, would he go for a low time? Austin posted a 9:17 defending his title.
Darius Watkins from Grovetown HS had an awesome day closing out his HS career sweeping the 5A 100/200 meter dashes
Once one removes Westminster's (3rd/4th) distance runners out of the picture...Lamar County has to be considered one of the favorites coming out of Sectionals as they are loaded in the sprints, hurdles and relays. Fitzgerald's squad almost mirrors Lamar's and they should have some great races and field event battles as both are contenders for a team title. Westminster will be looking good after Friday, but will need to hang on to their seats finals Saturday. Host Jefferson, GAC and Calhoun are all in the picture.
Athens Christian is in great position to defend their title and it will take the likes of 'David slaying Goliath' to knock them off. 24 scoring chances in every event but the 100m and in 9 events have (2) scoring ops. Our Lady of Mercy has the best chance to push them come Saturday with super-stud Christian Coleman. First Presbyterian Day from Macon, Eagles Landing Christian and Pace Academy with national talent hurdler Kenny Selmon are all podium contenders.
Selmon destroyed the field in both hurdles events, setting new class records in first the 110 hurdles in 13.96 and later the 300 hurdle race in 37.21 leading Pace Academy to a 4th place team finish with 40 points.
2)A- Westminster had the upper hand in this race with Graham Huff and Charlie McKnight. A downpour ensued for 10 minutes between 1A Private and 2A races, but the skies cleared within minutes and 2A was back on the Track. Huff ran a smart race taking control with 700m left and and took the win in 9:53
1A Public- This race was going to be a rubber match between 1600m Champ Dylan Smith from Gordon lee and Jenkins County harrier Mark Brannen.
Daniel Navarro was bested in the 1600m, but don't hold your breath on that happening in the 3200m, as he controlled the race from start to finish winning the Gold medal in 9:23 for Marist.
For all intents and purposes, the A Public Sectionals (except for the 1600/3200 races) were a dress rehearsal or 'Prelims' for these schools as athletes had to go all out to get a ticket to Jefferson. . Many of these schools will travel far and have to stay 2 nites in the vicinity of Jefferson if they have athletes in events Thursday and Saturday. Dooly County may have a slight advantage, especially Saturday with their team speed.
Here are the Meet Programs for every Class after Scratches/Replacements have been made. The full 50+ page souvenir program will be available for sale at Memorial Stadium. View modified version - http://issuu.com/alansharp4/docs/boystrack-2014_finalint_2
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise as USMC Gomer Pyle used to exclaim, as Andrew Coggins waited for the perfect moment, executing his race strategy to perfection seizing the 1600m title besting Marist's strong tandem of Navarro and Thurston taking the Gold medal in 4A at 4:19. Navarro led the first 2 laps with positions 2-5 interchanging spots. Bowie of Lagrange surged, but settled into 6th. Coggins began to make a run at Navarro with 200m to go, swinging wide around the final curve and sprinted away for the Gold.
Here are the most updated Entry Lists for each Class at the Georgia Olympics with General Informantion and Event Schedule.
It was Jenkins County's Mark Brannen's last chance to win a 1600m title and he took advantage runing a smart race and on the final lap created separation from Dylan Lee to win the title in 4:52. 3 athletes jumped out to early leads (typical for some rural schools) but the contenders closed the gap beginning with the 3rd lap and the real race unfolded from there.
Jordan Flowers from WEstminster was the defending champ, but Sam Geha of Benedictine Military gave the outgoing Flowers all he could handle. 4 runners separated after lap 2 including Flowers, Dhillon, Kettle and Geha..Flowers and Geha broke away the last lap with Jordan taking the win defending his title in 4:21, Geha was a close 2nd in 4:22.
Here are the Performance Lists for Each Class after Scratch/Replacements Have Been Made.