Mount Zion senior Marquett Simmons, left, takes the baton from his younger brother, Josh, in the 1,600-meters on Friday at the Clayton County Track and Field Championships. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)
Clayton County Track and Field Championship
Team results: Forest Park 141, Mount Zion 94.5, Lovejoy 93, Drew 56, Jonesboro 50, Mundy’s Mill 49.5, Riverdale 38, Morrow 23, Elite Scholars 16, North Clayton 13.
Individual results: 100 — Imani Clark, Lovejoy, 12.79. 200 — Ashley Epps, Forest Park, 26.23. 400 — Latesha Locker, Mundy’s Mill, 4845. 800 — Nichole Slocumb, Lovejoy, 2:33. 1,600 — Nichole Slocumb, Lovejoy, 6:03. 3,200 — Andora Onyinanya, Jonesboro, 16:37. 100 hurdles — Lauren Epps, Forest Park, 15.03; 300 hurdles — Lauren Epps, Forest Park, 45.5. 400 relay — Drew, 49.54. 1,600 relay — Forest Park, 4:06. High jump — Imani Richards, 5-2. Pole vault — Annette Owusu, Mount Zion, 7-0. Long jump — Krizma Goodson, Forest Park, 17-4. Triple jump — Bria Matthews, Forest Park, 37-10. Shot put — Alexus Manning, Mount Zion, 35-0. Discus — Alexus Manning, Mount Zion, 99-7.
Team results: Mount Zion 207, Lovejoy 151, Morrow 66, Riverdale 59, Mundy’s Mill 41, Drew 34, Forest Park 34, North Clayton 12, Elite Scholars 11.
Individual results: 100 — Marquett Simmons, Mount Zion, 10.86. 200 — Marquett Simmons, Mount Zion, 21.79. 400 — Andrew Nsuk, Mount Zion, 49.75. 800 — Andrew Nsuk, Mount Zion, 1:59. 1,600 — Austin Gray, Morrow, 4:39. 3,200 — Austin Gray, Morrow, 10:38. 110 hurdles — Jonathan Ross, Mount Zion, 14.96. 300 hurdles — Joshua Simmons, Mount Zion, 40.65. 400 relay — Mount Zion, 42.32. 1,600 relay — Mount Zion, 3:20. High jump — Zackery Scott, Riverdale, 6-2. Pole vault - Mahdi Hill, Lovejoy, 9-0. Long jump — Preston Williams, Lovejoy, 24-2.5*. Triple jump — Preston Williams, Lovejoy, 48-1. Shot put — Randy Robinson, Lovejoy, 48-4.5. Discus — Randy Anyanwu, Lovejoy, 156-1.
*New county record
HAMPTON — While Forest Park girls dominated in all phases of the Clayton County Track and Field Championship, the Mount Zion boys did most of its damage on the track.
Forest Park had six individual champions and a relay champion to claim the county title with 141 points at Twelve Oaks Stadium on Friday afternoon. Mount Zion was second with 94.5 points and Lovejoy finished a close third with 93 points.
On the boy’s side, Mount Zion amassed 207 points on the strength of its sprinting. The Bulldogs won every event from the 800-meter run down. Lovejoy had its three-year county championship streak snapped as it finished runner-up with 151 points and Morrow was third with 66 points.
“It went pretty much like I thought it would with us winning on the track in the 800 on down,” Mount Zion coach Jason Battles said. “We want to use this as a springboard as we go into region, sectional and the state meet. Not only did we get a good effort from our elite runners, but many of our guys took second place. I thought we did a pretty darn good job out there. This is the best overall team that I’ve coached.”
Senior Marquett Simmons won the 100-meters in 10.86 seconds and followed that with a 21.79 for the 200 win. Teammate Andrew Nsuk also came away with double wins in the two-day meet.
Nsuk, a senior, won the 400 (49.75) and the 800 (1:59) while Jonathon Ross won the 110 hurdles at 14.96 seconds. Joshua Simmons, Marquett’s younger brother, went a 40.65 in the 300 hurdles for the win.
The Bulldogs also won the 400 and 1,600 relay events.
“It was a pretty amazing meet for us,” Simmons said. “We knew we would win it, but we didn’t think we would do it like this. We showed were are a strong team.”
Lovejoy coach Dwight Callaway said he was pleased with his team’s performance, which included field event participants Preston Williams and Randy Anyanwu setting county records. Williams, a junior, set a new mark in the long jump and triple jump events.
He went 24-2.5 in the long jump and 48-1 in the triple to set the all mark previously held by former North Clayton and current Green Bay Packers standout Morgan Burnett.
“That was really a solid performance by both these guys,” Callaway said. “This team is mainly built for a region meet because we are not that deep. We have a lot of quality people in events.”
Said Anyanwu, who signed a football scholarship with Buffalo in February: “It was great getting a record in the same meet with Preston. I look forward to him breaking his mark new year.”
Lovejoy junior Randy Robinson won the shot put and was fifth in the discus.
Getting two wins for Morrow was Austin Gray as he won the 1,600 (4:39) and the 3,200 (10:38).
Lauren Epps swept the hurdles events with wins in the 100 hurdles (15.03) and 300 at 45.5 seconds. Ashley Epps won the 200 (26.23). Imani Richards won the high jump (5-2), Krizma Goodson won the long jump (17-4) and Bria Matthews claimed the triple jump title (37-10).
The Panthers 1,600 relay team also won.