Several Winder-Barrow High School and Apalachee High School track athletes excelled individually during the recent Region 8-AAAAA competition and will now advance to state sectionals.
Winder-Barrow’s William Wright won the 1,600-meter run (4:40.93) and the 800-meter run (2:01.88). Justin Thompson won the region title in the long jump for the second consecutive year, turning in a mark of 11-6.
For the WBHS Lady Bulldoggs, freshman Micah Weathers won the 1,600-meter run (5:33.87) and the 3,200-meter run (11:54.25.) Weathers had been a long distance running standout throughout her freshman year as she also won the region cross country meet during the fall.
Brianna Sims won the discus with a throw of 114-4 and also won the shot put event with a mark of 37-7.
Macy Hayes won the region high jump title with a 4-10. That mark won region despite it being below her season best of 5-4. Courtney Hardigree also won the pole vault with a region best 9-0. Hardigree was expected to win the pole vault last spring, but broke her arm during warm ups.
Amber Palmero was the winner in the 800-meter run in 2:22.96. Palmero was also third in the 1,600-meter with a personal best of 5:36.02.
Ethan Womack was second in the shot put for the WBHS boys and is now set for sectionals, which will also be held at Loganville High School. Womack’s throw of 48-5.5 was second only to Apalachee High School’s Tyler Fragapane, who finished first with a school-record throw of 50-2.5.
Christian Rivera took third in the 100-meter dash (11.23) and is now set for sectionals.
Jay Branch was fourth in the 400-meter dash (52.19) to advance to sectionals. Branch was also fifth in the long jump (20.8.5) and seventh in the triple jump (42-4.5).
Tyrin Moore finished third in the pole vault after clearing the same height as Thompson although he had more misses.
For AHS, in addition to Fragapane’s strong showing at region, Destiny McDaniel set a school record for the Lady Wildcats in the jump with a 17-7.5 performance, finishing first in the event.
Sakshi Gosain (high jump), Brooke Hardigree (triple jump), Logan Leverette (triple jump) and Anizsah Howard (200-meter dash) also qualified for sectionals. The top four finishers in each event at region advances to sectionals where the top eight in each competition will move on to the state finals.
Nick Zvirbulis was second in the 1,600-meter run (4:42.30) and fourth in the 3,200-meter run (10:20.91) for coach David Seawright.
R.J. Williams continues his season in the shot put for AHS by finishing in fourth place.
Merit Fontinel was fifth for the Lady Wildcats in the 800-meter run and just missed qualifying for sectionals. Fontinel improved on his school record 800-meter time to 2:05.67.
Tierra Mason, who earned fifth in the shot put, also just missed advancing to sectionals.
Analee Bradach improved her school record 800-meter run time to 2:31.33.