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Track teams prepping for region meets

Jonesboro sophomore S'Kayia Hampton finished second in both the 100 and 200-meters to Ciara Simms of Dutchtown at the Wildcat Invitational Saturday at Twelve Oaks Stadium.

Jonesboro sophomore S'Kayia Hampton finished second in both the 100 and 200-meters to Ciara Simms of Dutchtown at the Wildcat Invitational Saturday at Twelve Oaks Stadium.

By Derrick Mahone

dmahone@news-daily.com

For most the part, this weekend served as the final tune-up for track and field teams as region championships begin this weekend.

Drew and Lovejoy boys' teams wrapped up their final regular season meets with second place finishes. The Titans were second at the Marietta Last Chance Invitational while Lovejoy was runner-up at the Wildcat Invitational, which it hosted at Twelve Oaks Stadium.

Drew junior Jadarius West won the 100 and 200-meters and was part of the winning 400 relay team. West, also a standout defensive back on the football team, had a time of 22.08 seconds in the 200 and was clocked at 10.94 in the 100.

Although he was pleased with the wins, coach James Davis said he was disappointed with the times.

"We did OK as a team, but it definitely could have been better," Davis said. "Our performances were OK. They (runners) were upset with their times. We are still a work in progress. We are looking to work the kinks out."

They will have to do it quickly with the Region 4-AAA meet in five days. Preliminaries are Saturday and the finals will be Monday at Southern Crescent Stadium.

At the Marietta meet, Union Grove had 43 points to finish sixth while Morrow was 10th with 35 points. Morrow junior Ayrian Evans won the 400 with a time of 47.74 seconds. This was the third-fastest time of the season, according to the latest rankings at www.ga.milesplit.com, a website that devoted to track and field in the state.

Davis, who started the Drew program last season after moving over from Mount Zion, said he is happy that the team is willing to get better.

"As a coach, you like it when your runners realize that they can do and get better," Davis said. "It is very encouraging. We are definitely looking forward to the region meet. Everybody is really excited and is looking forward to the challenge."

Lovejoy had four individual winners as it placed second in its meet with 131 points while Alcovy had 138.5 points to win the boys' division. Eagle's Landing was third while Luella and Dutchtown rounded out the top five in the 13-team field.

On the girls' side, Eagle's Landing amassed 78 points to hold off Mundy's Mill, which had 73 points to finish second. Jonesboro was third with 62.5 points as Dutchtown finished with 57 points to finish fourth.

Upcoming Region Meets

Region Place Dates

2-AAAAA Langston Hughes Saturday & Monday

3-AAAA Starr's Mill April 25-26

4-AAAA Twelve Oaks April 25-26

4-AAA Southern Crescent Saturday & Monday

5-A Landmark Christian Wednesday