JONESBORO — Every local track and field team was in action this week. The Riverdale Lady Raiders, the Forest Park Lady Panthers and the Lovejoy Lady Wildcats all produced quality showings at their respective events.
Eagle’s Landing Chick-fil-A Invitational at Eagle’s Landing High School
The Riverdale Lady Raiders impressed while competing against a field of 20 quality programs. The Lady Raiders came in sixth place as a team, and were led by first-place finishes by Mya Jackson in the 400-yard dash and Runeshia Williams in the shot put. Riverdale’s 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams also came in first place. Williams came in eighth in the discus, while Precious Austin finished fifth in the 100-meter dash and Zakeria Jones came in eighth in the high jump.
Riverdale’s boys program saw Jakwon Lipscomb place fifth in the high jump and eighth in the 200-meter dash. The 4x400-meter relay team placed seventh.
The Morrow Lady Mustangs also competed at the Eagle’s Landing event. Adaya Alexander came in third place in the 400-meter dash and sixth place in the 200-meter dash. Taylor Jones placed eighth in the 800-meter run, while the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams also placed.
Gabriel Peacock came in third in the 800-meter run and eighth in the 1,600-meter run for Morrow’s boys program. Cedric Clarrit finished sixth in the triple jump, as did the 4x400-meter relay team.
North Clayton Eagles Early Bird Invitational at Southern Crescent Stadium
The Forest Park Lady Panthers finished second in a small field at the North Clayton Eagles Early Bird Invitational.
Stephanie Escobar and Sarah Matthews finished first in their respective events. Escobar won the 3,200-meter run and Matthews won the long jump. Matthews also finished third in the triple jump. Jessica Gonzalez was the runner-up in the 3,200-meter run, as was Niaya Smith in the high jump.
Maya Vasta placed in the 400-meter run, the 300-meter hurdles and the high jump, finishing as the runner-up in the former. Janaya Jones came in second in the high jump and also placed in the 100-meter hurdles, the 300-meter hurdles and the long jump. Dezz Thomas and Mylud Avril placed in multiple events, while Tia Hall came in third in the discus.
Cyan Williams (100-meter dash), Kayla Henderson (discus) and Momolade Adeyemi (discus) rounded out Forest Park’s individual placers. The 4x100-meter, 4x400-meter and sprint medley relay teams came in third, third and second, respectively.
Forest Park’s boys program also produced a strong performance. Joel Salgado won the 3,200-meter run and finished third in the 1,600-meter run. Javier Castillo came in second in the 3,200-meter run and placed eighth in the 1,600-meter run. Jesus Milan (1,600-meter run) and Juan Huerta (3,200-meter run) also placed in the distance events.
Claerance Acosta added another gold medal for the Panthers in the shot put. Jaquez Bailey (400-meter dash), Courtney Williams (400-meter dash), Kevin Turner (long jump) and Demetrius Taylor (long jump) also placed individually for Forest Park. The 4x100-, 4x400- and sprint medley relay teams each placed.
The Mundy’s Mill Lady Tigers also competed in the event. Alexus Celestin was the runner-up in the 100-meter dash, while also placing in the 200-meter dash and the triple jump. Kiana Footman came in second in the 100-meter hurdles and also placed in the 300-meter hurdles and the triple jump.
Keaura Dorsey placed in two events, including a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash. Aerial Jessie also placed two times, coming in third place in the 100-meter hurdles. Fatiat Akande came in fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 400- and 200-yard dashes. Leah Williams (100-meter dash), Emily Tavarez (1,600-meter run), Kamree Sizemore (100-meter hurdles) and Devine Willis (shot put) rounded out the individual placers for the Lady Tigers.
The 4x800-meter relay relay team came in second. The 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
Eric McGee was the runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles and high jump for Mundy’s Mill’s boys program. Javell Johnson placed in three events, including coming in third place in the 200-meter dash. Andrew Sibley added another third-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles.
Tyree Thorton (high jump) and Kaziah Hall (long jump) placed in their respective events, while John Kelly, Toriano Meadows and Raymond Pearson all placed in the shot put. The 4x100-meter and sprint medley relay teams each placed as well.
The North Clayton Lady Tigers were led by Moena Battle, who came in first place in the high jump. Dalania Clardy was the runner-up in the long jump and she also placed in the triple jump and 200-meter dash. Angel Witcher placed in both the discus and the shot put. Tyanna Gibbs (shot put) and Sharde’ Dixon (300-meter hurdles) also placed for the Lady Eagles.
Jaiquan Earls won both the long jump and triple jump for North Clayton’s boys program. He also was the runner-up in the 100-meter dash. Damalyin Williams came in third in the high jump, while James Monroe (100-meter dash), Lavarus Williams (400-meter dash), Tyliek Pitts (1,600-meter run) and Jaylen Smith (shot put) each placed in their respective events.
North Clayton’s 4x100- and 4x800-meter relay teams finished as runners-up. The 4x400-meter relay team placed sixth.
Atlanta Games Invitational at Lakewood Stadium
The Lovejoy Lady Wildcats finished sixth out of 21 teams at the Atlanta Games Invitational.
Imani Clark produced two fine performances in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, winning the former and finishing as runner-up in the latter. Courtnee Robinson added a first-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles and a fourth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles.
Karmon Jackson-Bell also placed in two events, finishing fourth in the discus and fifth in the shot put. Nijahe Gilmore came in third in the 200-meter run, Alexis Williams was fifth in the 200-meter run and Taylor Borum finished sixth in the triple jump. Lovejoy’s 4x100-meter relay team placed sixth.
Lovejoy’s boys program saw Allen Mbah place in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. Jerrod Means came in fourth in the 100-meter dash, while Darian Thomas (200-meter dash) and Justin Fergerson (triple jump) finished eighth in their respective events.
The Drew Lady Titans were led by Jadia Woodfork’s second-place finish in the shot put. Teammates Aniedi Nsentip (100-meter dash) and Serenity Vaughn (triple jump) also placed for the Lady Titans. Drew’s boys program saw Denzel Carter finish as the runner-up in the high jump. Shemar Vance (long jump), Devon Brantley (400-meter dash) and the 4x400-meter relay team also placed for Drew.
Nichole Slocumb and Asia Love each placed in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs for Elite Scholars Academy. Taleya Liddell came in fifth in the long jump. For the boys program, Benjamin Okafor placed in three events and the 4x400-meter relay team came in eighth.
Jonesboro’s boys program was led by Isaiah Rice, who finished second in the 100-meter dash and third in the 200-meter dash. Reginald Potts came in seventh in the 100-meter dash. Joy Dankins and Taya Jenkins each placed in the discus for the Lady Cardinals.
Candice Hill Invitational at Rockdale County High School
The Mount Zion Lady Bulldogs traveled to Rockdale County High School for the Candice Hill Invitational, where they finished fourth out of 10 teams.
Deana Watson and Jasmine Brown each won gold medals in the 100-meter dash and the pole vault, respectively. Mia Pegues finished third in the high jump. Kyra Watts, Deonica Solomon and Christyn Ford each placed in two events.
Jamarah Smith (100-meter hurdles), Jade Turner (400-meter dash), Aaryn Anderson (high jump), Anesia Richardson (discus) and Gracie Suitt (shot put) also placed for the Lady Bulldogs, as did the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams.
Mount Zion’s boys also finished fourth at the event. Takia Tinsley won a gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles, while Tyree Leonard and Tevin Ashley added third-place finishes in the shot put and pole vault, respectively. Tremond Hatten was the runner-up in the pole vault and added a fifth-place finish in the triple jump.
Justin Onuigbo came in third in the triple jump and sixth in the 400-meter dash. Laron Taylor placed fourth in the 100-meter dash and eighth in the long jump. Corey Turner (400-meter dash), Jason Rudolph (400-meter dash), Bryce Fuller (110-meter hurdles) and Larry Odum (high jump) rounded out Mount Zion’s individual placers. The 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams also placed.