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Lovejoy, Mount Zion look to stay in contention at state track meets

Mount Zion senior Marquett Simmons is seeded No. 1 in the 200-meters and No. 3 in the 100 event heading into today’s Class AAAAAA meet in Jefferson. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Mount Zion senior Marquett Simmons is seeded No. 1 in the 200-meters and No. 3 in the 100 event heading into today’s Class AAAAAA meet in Jefferson. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Georgia Olympics XLIII

What: Class AAAAAA, AAAAA Track Meets

When: Today, Opening ceremonies at 11 a.m.; Running finals at 11:50 a.m.; Presentation of trophies at 5:40 p.m.

Where: Memorial Stadium, Jefferson

Admission: $7

JEFFERSON — The final day of Georgia Olympics XLIII will be interesting for a couple track and field teams from the county for different reasons.

Entering today’s finals at Memorial Stadium in Jefferson, Lovejoy is currently in fourth place in Class AAAAAA with only an individual and relay event left.

The Wildcats will try to improve on their position, or at least, maintain their standing when the meet ends.

On the other hand, Mount Zion will try to get in contention for the Class AAAAA title with a strong showing on the track. Entering today’s running finals, the Bulldogs are in 27th place with only four points.

The Bulldogs will bring a strong field into the finals as four individuals are in the running finals and both relay teams are seeded high.

Leading the way for Mount Zion will be senior Marquett Simmons, a Limestone College signee, who is seeded No. 1 in the 200 meters with a prelim time of 21.35 seconds. His time of 10.46 in the prelims has him seeded No. 3 in the 100 event.

He is also the anchor leg on both relay teams. Mount Zion’s 400-relay team of Renard Snell, Kirkland Varnado, Jonathan Ross and Simmons had a time of 41.7 seconds for a No. 2 seed.

The foursome of Joshua Simmons, Andrew Nsuk, Ross and Simmons had a 1,600-relay prelim time of 3:20.3 to ranked No. 1 going into the meet’s final event.

Nsuk came out the 400 and 800 prelims seeded No. 2 in both events. He went 48.46 in the 400 and was clocked at 1:56.96 in the 800.

Ross had a time of 14.6 seconds in the 110 hurdles, and is No. 2 going into the finals. He was clocked at 38.89 seconds to be seeded No. 3 in the 300 hurdles event.

Varnado will be trying to improve his position of No. 8 in the 200 after going 22.13 seconds in the prelims.

Lovejoy’s hopes are with its 400-relay team of Brandon Williams, De’Jarrious Hutcherson, Kevin Faniel, and Jordan Collier, who had a time of 41.77 to qualify at No. 4 for the finals.

Williams, a Buffalo football signee, also qualified for the 200 meters time of 21.87, which is good enough for a fourth-place seed. Collier signed a football scholarship with UAB in February.

Lovejoy has 20 points coming into the finals as it trails leader Brookwood, which amassed 33 points through the first two days of competition. Walton is second with 25 points and Parkview has 21 points to enter the finals in third place.

On Thursday, junior Preston Williams won the long jump event and placed second in the triple jump. Williams owns the county record in the triple jump.

Randy Anyanwu, a Buffalo football signee, placed seventh in the shot put.