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Lovejoy, Luella to battle for region supremacy

Jeff Hurndon Photography / Luella’s Amodre Bolden swept the 200- and 400-meter races at the Henry County Track and Field Championships and will look to do the same at the Region 2-AAAAAA meet starting Monday.

Jeff Hurndon Photography / Luella’s Amodre Bolden swept the 200- and 400-meter races at the Henry County Track and Field Championships and will look to do the same at the Region 2-AAAAAA meet starting Monday.

Lovejoy track and field coach Dwight Callaway has seen just about every team in Region 2-AAAAAA this season, so the coach thinks he has a pretty good handle on what to expect at the region meet.

If Callaway’s calculations are right, his boys and girls teams are headed for a showdown with Luella when the region meet starts Monday at Twelve Oaks Stadium in Hampton.

The majority of Lovejoy’s points will likely come in the field and sprint events. Luella is riding the streak of winning this week’s girl’s Henry County championship while the boy’s team placed third.

“They have a strong team,” Callaway said. “I’ve seen just about every team in our region with the exception of Newton. I think we have a shot.”

At the Henry County meet earlier this week at Strong Rock Christian, Luella girl’s team produced three county individual champions.

Lions junior Kelli Thomas won the shot put and discus events while the all-freshman 400-meter relay team came in first.

“I think our girls have a shot at winning it,” Luella coach Richard Westbrook said. “Our boys are sort of on the bubble, but you know in track that any thing can happen.”

Senior Amodre Bolden is coming off a solid showing at the county meet for Luella after winning the 200 event. Teammate Trae Bonner was second in the 200 and fourth in the 400, after missing a week of training because of springbreak.

“I’ll be ready for region,” said Bonner, who is also a standout on the football team.

The running portion of the Clayton County track and field meet was canceled two weeks ago because of inclement weather. The school system was on springbreak this past week.

On the boy’s side, Callaway is hopefully that jumpers Preston Williams and Jarrett Williams can make it out of region. Randy Anyanwu and Randy Robinson have a chance in the throw events while Cinwon Whitehead and Jeff Murphy are being counting on in the sprint events and the relays.

“We are really strong in the sprints this season,” Callaway said. “With both Preston and Jarrett, it gives us a good shot in the field events.”

Lovejoy boasts some top competitors on the girl’s side with Aija Sweeting in the triple jump and Deliah Perkins in the shot put. Callaway is counting on Megan Jones, Charity Manley and Jonlisa Fleminster in the sprint events.

Luella’s sprint events are anchored by freshman Victoria Wilson.

“We are a pretty young team, but I feel there is some talent there,” Westbrook said.