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Forest Park track looking to improve its position in track

Lauren Epps, a freshman at Forest Park, qualified for both hurdles events today at the Class AAAAA Track and Field Championships in Albany. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Lauren Epps, a freshman at Forest Park, qualified for both hurdles events today at the Class AAAAA Track and Field Championships in Albany. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

GHSA Track and Field Championships

When, where: Today at Hugh Mills Stadium, Albany

Admission: $7, those with GHSA passes admitted free

Time: 11:15 a.m. opening ceremonies; noon, running finals begins; 4:20 p.m., presentation of trophies

ALBANY — Forest Park ended the first day of the Class AAAAA Track and Field Championships in seventh place.

The Panthers will try to improve on that spot today when the meet resumes at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany.

Competing for the Panthers, who won both the Clayton County and Region 4-AAAAA titles, will be junior Ashley Epps and her freshman sister, Lauren. Forest Park 1,600-meter relay team also qualified for today’s finals.

Forest Park finished the field events and distant runner events with 13 points to for seventh place. Mount Zion is in 13th place with eight points, but the Bulldogs have no one returning for the running finals.

Mount Zion got its points from Imani Carmouche in the high jump event. She went 5 feet, two inches to place second overall.

Ashley Epps will compete in the 400 meters after having a time of 57.8 seconds to qualify in fifth place on Friday. Lauren Epps qualified in both the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles. She had a time of 15.0 in the 100 hurdles for a sixth-place qualifying time.

With a time of 44.1 seconds, the younger Epps was fourth in the 300 hurdles.

The team’s 1,600 relay team will also compete in the finals. During qualifying, the foursome of Krizma Goodson, Yasmeen Harris and the Epps sister had a time of 3:57.4 to qualify at fifth place.

Forest Park got its points in the field events on a pair of solid performances by junior Bria Matthews. She was second in the triple jump at 38 feet, 9.5 inches.

In the long jump, she went 17-8.5 to finish fourth overall.

Senior Imani Richards went 4-10 to place 12th in the high jump. Only the top eight finishers at state score points.

Pope High in Cobb County enters the final day in first place with 38 points. Miller Grove of DeKalb County is second with 28 points and Fulton County’s Northview has 25 points for third place.