The Winder-Barrow High School track teams are pressing on despite the fact they are missing some key people, some until the Region 8-AAAA meet.
Skyler Lowe is out for the Bulldoggs as he recovers from an ankle injury and Whitley Kennedy is being held out until region as well. “Skyler is apparently doing well,” said coach Jennifer Blevins. “He has been working with his trainer and getting some work done at the YMCA. He is off until region.”
Jamonte Riden is also out until region, Blevins said, and Erin Hendricks is hurting and Taj Nelson has had some injuries.
“Dennis Riley turned his ankle playing AAU basketball and is trying to take it easy until region,” Blevins said. “He may compete at one of the meets this week. I am sure others are hurting too, based on the number of kids who come out of the training room with ice taped to them after each practice.”
Despite the injuries, the WBHS teams press on and continue to set new personal bests.
Quintin Long and Savannah Brock both earned high marks in the discus.
During a recent meet at Madison County High School, the Lady Bulldoggs were dominant as they won 11 of 16 events to score a total of 133 points. Second place Elbert County was far behind with 46 followed by Taliaferro County (35) and Madison County (25).
The WBHS boys were third overall with 40 points.
For the Lady Bulldoggs, Delorean Itabiyi and Amanda Cope both captured first place in two events.
Ja’Leisha Jackson, Caitlin Connell, Kristen DeBrock, Laura Beth Brown, Brittany Witt and Dee Treadwell also won events.
Brown, Cope, Connell and Amber Palermo won the 4x800-meter relay.
Itabiyi won the shot put (31-5) and the discus (106-6) while Cope continued her dominant season in the distant events winning the 1,600-meter (5:45) and 3,200-meter (12:20).
It was a clean sweep of the top five places in the 1,600-meter run. Finishing behind Cope were Connell, Hannah Bartz, Brittany Litke and Darcy Potts.
Finishing behind Cope in the 3,200-meter were Anna Dean, Nicole Webb and Potts.
Connell was the winner in the 800-meter run (2:41) with Dean taking third (2:47) and Litke fifth (3:00).
Brown won the pole vault clearing eight feet.
DeBrock won the high jump at 4-6 while Witt won the long jump in 16-2. Treadwell took first in the 100-meter dash in 12.72 while Jackson won the 100-meter hurdles in 16.99.
Savannah Brock set a personal best in the discus (70-8), good enough for fourth overall.
Witt was second in the 100-meter dash (13.34) with Treadwell finishing as runner-up in the 200-meter dash (28.31). Treadwell was third in the long jump (13-8.5)
Crystal Chukwurah was second in three events including the 300 hurdles (55.29), triple jump (28-7) and the 100-meter hurdles (18.96).
For the Bulldoggs, Quentin Long took the sole first place victory, winning the discus (131-9). Asa Thornton was second in the shot put with a mark of 38-4.
Tamarick Watson was second in the 200-meter dash in 23.87.
William Wright was third in the 3,200-meterrun (11:29) and the 1,600-meter run (5:13). Jordan Duncan was third in the triple jump (38-1) while taking fourth in the long jump (18-3).
Alex Martinez registered three third-place finishes including the 3,200-meter run (11:40), 800-meter run (2:16) and the 1,600-meter run (5:14).
Nelson was fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (46.25).