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Athletes punch ticket to Sectionals

Photos by Derrick Mahone
Mount Zion junior Marquett Simmons won the Region 4-AAAAA 200-meter and long jump events and placed second in the 100 earlier this week.

Photos by Derrick Mahone Mount Zion junior Marquett Simmons won the Region 4-AAAAA 200-meter and long jump events and placed second in the 100 earlier this week.

The state Sectional meets are starting to take shape.

Several athletes from the area qualified for the sections this week after region meets were finishing up. The top four placers in each event move on to the Sectionals for a shot at the state meet.

The following is a look at each region involving Southern Crescent teams:

REGION 4-AAAAA: No team from the Southern Crescent won a team title, but eight athletes came away from the meet at Starrs Mill as region champion.

Forest Park girls led after the first day of competition, but ended up in second after the running finals. Northgate finished with 96 points and Forest Park amassed 89 points for second.

Lady Panthers sophomore Bria Matthews won the long jump and triple jump and was runner-up in the high jump.

Other first placee winners for the Lady Panthers were Ashley Epps in the 400 and Imani Richards inn the high jump. Forest Park swept the high jump with Matthews taking second.

Ola senior Jo Jo Spann won three events (110 and 300 hurdles, triple jump) to help pace the Mustangs to a second place finish.

Starr’s Mill won the boys title with 105 points while Ola had 97 points for second and Mount Zion was third with 93 points. Union Grove as fourth with 91 points.

Spann, a three-sport standout at Ola, will run track and play football next school year at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro.

Mustang teammate Justin Wimberly won the 400 event.

Mount Zion junior Maquett Smmons continued his breakout season with a win in the 200 and long jump. He was second in the 100 event.

J.R. Holder, a standout on the basketball team, won the high jump. The Jacksonville signee went 6-2 for the win.

Trent Hill of Union Grove won the discus.

REGION 4-AAAA: The meet was postponed on Friday because of the rain. Field events and running finals will take place on Saturday at Twelve Oakes Stadium.

REGION 2-AAA: Henry County swept the boys and girls titles in Macon.

On the girl’s side, senior distance runner Juells McLeod won both the 1,600 and 3,200 events to help the Lady Hawks amass 149 points. Peach County was second with 133 points and Carver-Columbus was third at 100 points.

McLeod had a time of 5:28.6 in the 1,600 and was clocked at 11:30.4 in the 3,200 for the win.

The 400 relay won with a time 50.85 seconds with the foursome of Shon’nae Ready, Kiana Coleman, Whitney Davis and Nikiesha Malcolm. Coleman had a jump of 4-10 to win the high jump while Davis went 16-7.75 to place first in the long jump.

The boys team had individual champions in Tyrell White and Tyrrell Swift to emerge as the team champion with 173 points. Peach County was runner-up with 153 points and Pike County placed third after getting 65 points.

Henry County 400 relay team of Barnett Bailey, Xavier Diaz, K’Lan Harris and Javari Whack had a time of 42.91 to place first.

Bailey was runner-up in the 100 with Harris taking second place in the 200-meter and long jump.

Bates had three runner-up finishes in the 110 and 300 hurdles and the triple jump.

REGION 5-A: Eagle’s Landing Christian boys and girls finished runner-up at the meet held at Strong Rock Christian.

Field event winners for the Chargers include Abigail Rogers in the shot and Destiny Harris in the discus.

ELCA won the 400 relay at 51.87 seconds while the 1,600 relay was runnr-up. Alexis Ross of ELCA was second in the 200.

Notre Dame football signee Isaac Rochell won the discus while Marquis Griffin, who signed with the Air Force Academy, won the high jump. Teammate Jevius Terry was second in the long jump with Griffin finishing third. Terry was also runner-up in the 100 race.

Rochell, who was considered one of the top linemen prospsects in the country, was also second in the shot put.

ELCA won the 400 relay event.

Tommy Hamlin won the 800 and Terry emerged as the 200 winner.