With several meets under their belts, the Winder-Barrow High School track teams are starting to see some athletes establish themselves for the 2014 season.
For the WBHS Lady Bulldoggs, freshman Micah Weathers has improved to the point where she is close to breaking school records in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs.
“She is consistently getting better and better,” said WBHS coach Michael Lofton. “Her times are ranked high in the state. Barring injury or something crazy, she will have a great season.”
Amber Palermo has been solid in the 800-meter and 1,600-meter runs for the Lady Bulldoggs. Since her times have become similar in the last four meets, Lofton said he wants Palermo to concentrate on just one event at the next WBHS meet.
Macy Hayes is leading the team in the high jump, while Courtney Hardigree is back in the pole vault after suffering a broken arm at the region meet last season. Bre Sims has been throwing 35-37 feet in the shot put and her coach said he would like to see that mark around 40. Sims is also leading the WBHS girls in the discus.
For the WBHS boys, Ethan Womack is the top athlete in the shot put. He has been recording distances up to 50 feet in practice.
Markesio Anderson has thrown 133 feet in the discus.
Christian Davis has been strong in the 200-meter dash.
Justin Thompson and Peter Bennett are leading the Bulldoggs in the pole vault.
All athletes who compete in the pole vault for WBHS are under the direction of coach Cook Holliday, considered the top pole vaulting coach in the state.
In distance events, Timmy Villameter has quality times in the 800 and 1,600-meter runs and continues to get stronger each week, Lofton said.
William Wright, who will be attending Armstrong Atlantic after graduation, will begin concentrating his efforts in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs since those will likely be his events in college.
“William is very capable of making it to state in both events,” Lofton said.
Tony Rowden, who will attend Valdosta State University, has been strong in the 3,200-meter run. Rowden signed his letter of intent Monday. Wright and Rowden were also cross country standouts.