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E. Landing, Union Grove win county track championships

By Derrick Mahone

dmahone@news-daily.com

For a sport that she "just does" to stay in shape, Eagle's Landing junior Mia Adams is starting to make a name for herself on the track.

She openly admits that basketball is her first love, but track is definitely a sport she is also excelling at also.

Adams helped lead Eagle's Landing to the Henry County Track Championship Friday at Eagle's Landing Christian Academy. She won the triple and long jump events and placed second in the 200-meters with a time of 25.84.

Adams had a jump of 17 feet, nine inches to win the long jump. Her jump of 38-2 was good enough to win the triple jump. She was on the 400 and 1,600 relay teams that won.

"My jumps were OK, but I can do better," Adams said. "Basketball is my favorite sport, because I have a love for the game. I just do track to get better at basketball."

The Golden Eagles amassed 107 points for the girls' championship with Union Grove finishing second with 91.5 points. Woodland was third followed by Ola in fourth and Luella finishing fifth.

"This is a really, really good group we have," Eagle's Landing coach Claude Spinks said. "They have been working hard and we have some excellent coaches. This was a good meet for them to win. It is a great way to head into springbreak."

Union Grove boys had 121 points for first place with Stockbridge and Eagle's Landing each scoring 70 points to tie for second. Dutchtown had 59 points for fourth with Ola finishing fifth.

It was the second straight year that Union Grove has won the boys' title.

Union Grove had three individual and a relay team to win titles. D.J. White won the 100 meters 11 seconds while Jordan Moore had a 14.77 to win the 110 hurdles. Derrion Mays had a throw of 50-1.5 to win the shot put. The Wolverines 400 relay to was a winner with a time of 42.45 seconds.

"This year we felt that we were a lot deeper as a team," Union Grove coach Eric Daugherty said. "It is the next step we had to take in building this program. On paper we were the favorites, but the kids know that anything can happen once you get to the meet.

"The thing I love about these guys is that they love to compete. The bigger the meet, the bigger they step up. We have a couple areas to tighten up before the region."

A day after winning the 1,600 event, Eagle's Landing Christian senior Luke Baker won the 3,200 race. The University of Georgia signee had a time of 9:31 while leading the entire race for the win.

Ciara Simms of Luella, Rayna Green of Union Grove and Ade Popoola were the only other multiple girls winners beside Adams, who was a first team all-Southern Crescent basketball selection.

Simms won both the 100 and 200 with Popoola was victorious in the two hurdles events. Green won the 1,600 on Thursday and the 800 on Friday.