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.;t : April 17, 2019 R Orter Page .fib By Rid rd Dumas fo[syth@mymcr.net ,The Mary Persons boys track team ]aced second out of eight teams at the BSN Sports-Jackson High School Invitational in Jackson on Saturday. The Bulldogs finished with 153.5 points to finish behind champion Heritage, which accumulated a total of 167 points. Eastside finished a distant third with 69 points. MP had first-place finishers in a ]aandful Of events. MP sophomore Justin Wachtel took the top spot in a pair of races, placing first in the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, '.4 second to beat Heritages Terrell "Williams by two seconds and first in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4 minutes, 54 seconds to top Heritages Nicholas Boucher by 11 seconds. MP's Connor Battles firiished in first place in the 3,200 meters with a time of 10 minutes, 29 seconds to outlast Heritages Kyler Prioleau by nine sec- : onds. MP'S DeAdrek Alford finished atop the podium in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.72 seconds, which beat runner-up Cameron Collier of Central (Macon) by just t-i/co-tenths of a second. Also, MP s'enior Colton Dingmore placed first in the shot put with a heave of 40 feet, 4 inches to edge second place Mark Jackson of Eastside by one foot. Lastly, MP's top 4 x 100-meter "-relay team took first place with a time of 43.02 seconds, just over a half-second faster than second place Heritage. "; Other MP boys athletes who ,scored points at Saturday's meet q ncluded: Quen Wilson, who placed second in the 100 meters with a time of 10.85 seconds, William Stewart, who placed fourth in the 100 meters with a time of 11.17 seconds and placed sixth in the 200 meters with a trine of 22.86 seconds, Rico Harden, who placed in a tie for eighth in the 200 meters with a time of 23.16 sec- onds, placed third in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 1 inch and placed third in the triple jump with gJeap of 42 feet, 1 inch, Malik Davis, who placed third in the 400 meters with a time of 54.18 seconds, Wyatt Currie, who placed fourth in the 400 rfieters with a time of 54.57 seconds, Battles, who placed seventh in the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 15 seconds, Holden Haworth, who placed fourth in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5 minutes, 18 seconds, Kelvin Harden, who placed third in the ll0-meter hurdles with a time of 16.01 seconds, placed third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.76 seconds and placed eighth in' the triple jump with a leap of 40 feet, 2 inches, Cameron Buckner, ' ho placed sixth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 45.26 seconds, Alford, who placed second in the high jump with a leap of six feet, Noah Davis, who placed fifth in the shot put with a heave of 34 feet, 1I inches, Dingmore, who placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 95 feet, 10 inches and Lamont Jones, who placed seventh in the discus with a throw of 82 feet, 10 inches. Also, MP'S No. 2 4 x 100-meter relay team placed third with a time of 44.04 seconds, MP's No. 1 4 x 400-meter relay team placed fourth with a time of 3 minutes, 47 sec- onds, and MP's No. 2 4 x 400-meter relay team placed eighth with a time of 4 minutes, 7 seconds. Other boys teams in attendance on Saturday in order of highest to lowest finish included: Villa Rica, Jackson, Griffin, Central (Macon) and ACE. Three days earlier, on Wednesday, the MP boys captured a four-team meet at FPD which also included the home Vildngs, Tattnall Square and Bleckley Count. MP totaled 97 points to finish ahead of second place Bleckley County, who fin- ished with 90 points. FPD came in third with 54 points. MP boys individual event cham- pions included: Wachtel, who took the top spot in the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 4 seconds, Alford, who took first place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.03 seconds, Kelvin Harden, who finished first in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.54 sec- onds, Rico Harden, who finished first in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 4 inches and placed first in the triple jump with a leap of 43 feet, and Dingmore, who placed MP's Tre Walker (above) placed third in the long jump competition at FPD on first in the shot put with a heave of 42 feet, 9 inches. Also, MP's No. 1 4 Wednesday, finishing just behind teammate Rico Harden, who took first place. x 100-meter relay team of Stewart, (Photo/Richard Dumas) Wilson, Kelvin Harden and Rico Harden finished atop the podium with a time of 42.73 seconds, and MP's No. 1 4 x 400-meter relay team of Wachtel, Stewart, Rico Harden and Kelvin Harden also finished first with a time of 3 minutes, 40 seconds. Other MP boys athletes who scored points at Wednesday's meet included: Wilson, who placed sec- ond in the 100 meters with a time of 10.94 seconds, Stewart, who placed fourth in the 100 meters with a time of 11.22 seconds and placed third in the 200 meters with a time of 22.61 seconds, Rico Harden, who placed second in the 200 meters with a time of 22.55 seconds and placed second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.33 seconds, Wachtel, who placed third in the 400 meters with a time of 54.24 seconds, Battles, who placed second in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5 minutes, 2 seconds and placed second in the 3,200 meters with a time of 10 minutes, 50 seconds, Haworth, who placed fifth :in the 3 00 meters with a time of 11 minutes, 43 seconds Alford, who placed second in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet and placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 39 feet, 8 inches, Brycen Young, who placed fourth in the pole vault with a vault of 10 feet, Tre Walker, who placed third in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 5 inches, Daniel LaveUe, who placed fourth in the shot put with a heave of 38 feet, 4 inches and placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 90 feet, 5 inches, and Dingmore, who placed third in the discus with a throw of 107 feet, 9 inches. Also, MP's No. 2 4 x 100-meter relay team of Ladamian Sands, Alford, Malik Davis and Antonio Davis placed third with a time of 44.64 seconds. Meanwhile, the MP girls track team placed third out of 10 teams in Jackson on Saturday. The Lady Dogs accumulated 98 points to finish a single point behind second place Central (Macon), which totaled 99 points. Carrollton easily captured first place with 147 points. MP had one individual event champion in freshman Campbell Brown, who captured the 100 meters with a time of 12.51 seconds, just over one-tenth of a second faster than runner-up Aralyn Everett of Eastside. Other MP girls athletes who scored points at Saturday's meet included: Courtney Whatley, who placed seventh in the 100 meters with a time of 13 seconds and placed eighth in the 200 meters a time of 26.97 seconds, Brown, who placed third in the 200 me s with;a time of 26.22 seconds, Nakiah Wilson, who placed fifth in the 400 meters with a time of 1 minute, 4 seconds, Demarria Scandrett, wboplaced sixth in the 400 meters with a time of 1 riainute, 5 seconds, Katie Hollis, who placed fourth in the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes,:48"seconds, Mackenzie Ryals, who placed eighth in the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 56 seconds and placed sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 30 feet, 10 inches, Ava McKallip, who placed second in the 1,600 me- ters with a time of 6 minutes, 9 sec- onds and placed second in the 3,200 meters with a time of 12 minutes, 58 seconds, Maradeth Leverett, who placed third in the 1,600 meters with a time of 6 minutes, 10 seconds and placed third in the 3,200 meters with a time of 12 minutes, 59 seconds, Kaylee Gordon, who placed eighth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 55.18 seconds, Cheyla TafoUa, who placed second in the pole vauk with a vault of 7 feet, 6 inches, Leslie Rivera, who placed third in the pole vault with a vault of 6 feet, 6 inches, Precious Gaines, who placed fourth in the shot put with a heave of 30 feet, 2 inches, and ]'Mya Mann, who placed eighth in the shot put with a heave of 27 feet, 10 inches and placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 86 feet, 8 inches. Also, MP's No. 1 4 x 100-meter relay team of Jordan Shannon, Al- vina Shannon, Brown and Whafley placed fifth with a time of 50.66 seconds, MP's No. 1 4 x 400-meter relay team of Brown, Wilson, Alyssa Green and Scandrett placed fifth with a time of 4 minutes, 38 seconds, and MP'S No.2 4 x 400-meter relay team of Hollis, Jordan Shannon, Ashley Fagan and Tysheeka Hart placed seventh with a time of 4 minutes, 45 seconds. Other girls teams in attendance on Saturday in order of highest to low= est finish included: Heritage, Villa Rica, Eastside, Griffin, Jackson, ACE and Crawford Count. Three days earlier, on Wednesday, MP finished first in a four-team meet at FPD against the home Lady Vikings, TattnaU Square and Blecldey County. MP took the top spot with 90 points, fol- lowed by FPD in second place with 74 points. Blecldey County placed third with 63 points. MP girls individual event champions included: Brown, who took first place in the 100 meters with a time of 12.81 seconds and also captured.the , 200 meters with a time of 27.34 seconds, and Wilson, who took the top spot in the 400 meters with a time of 1 minute, 6 seconds. Also, MP's No. 1 4 x 100-meter relay team finished in first place with a time of 50.64 seconds, and MP's No. 1 4 x 400-meter relay team also finished atop the podium with a time of 4 minutes, 35 seconds. Other MP gids athletes who scored points at Wednesday's meet included: Whafle who placed second in the 100 meters with a time of 13.06 sec- onds and placed second in the 200 meters with a time of 28.66 seconds, Scandrett, who placed second in the 400 meters with a time of I minute, 7 seconds and placed second in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 4 inches, Leverett, who placed fourth in the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 53 seconds and placed third in the 3,200 meters with a time of 13 minutes, 45 seconds, Genna Hallman, who placed fifth in the 800 meters with a time of 3 minutes, 3 seconds and placed fifth in the 1,600 meters with a time of 7 minutes, 16 seconds, Ava McKallip, who placed third in the 1,600 meters with a time of 6 mha- utes, 27 seconds, Rilyn McKallip, who placed fifth in the 3,200 meters with a time of 15 minutes, 22 sec- onds, Nicole Grier, who placed third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 23.53 seconds and placed third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 59.77 seconds, Jordan Shannon, who placed second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 57.36 seconds, Tafolla, who placed third in the pole vault with a vault of 8 feet, 6 inches, Rivera, who placed fifth in the pole vault with a vault of 7 feet, Gaines, who placed second in the shot put with a heave of 30 feet, 11 inches and placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 59 feet, 2 inches, and Mann, who placed fifthin the sh o i:: i put with a heave of 28 feet, l:t and placed second in the discus with a throw of 85 feet, 5 inches. Also, MP's No. 2 4 x 100-meter " relay team placed second with a time of 52.29 seconds, and MP's No. 2 4 x 400-meter relay team also placed second with a time of 4 minutes, 44 seconds. The MP boys and girls track .! squads will next compete in a seven- team meet at FPD on W6dnesday in what will be the Bulldogs' final tune-up for the Region 2-AAAA Championship meet to be contested at Spalding beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23. Camden Claxtan, No. 10, was escorted by his parents Mickey and Rene Claxton. Claxton has lettered in base- ball for three years. He plans to attend college and play baseball. Alex Kite, No. 5, was escorted by his parents Tim and Tracy Kite and Sabrina Pilkinton. Kite has lettered in base- ball for four years. He plans to attend Gordon College and play baseball. Austin Mock, No. 12, was escorted by his parents Tony and Dawn Mock. Mock has lettered in baseball for three years. He plans to attend college' and play baseball. MP BASEBALL .Continued from 1 B in the same inning when Tyler N ewhouse singled to rightfield and a relay throw eluded Kite, leading to a pair of runs crossing home plate to make it 6-4. With the tying run at the plate, Claxton induced Tanner Knowles to ground out to Snow at gl ortstop, and Howard dug out a low throw at first base for the final out of the inning. Moore then came on in relief and got the final three ,outs for the save to complete the Bulldogs' win. MP seniors, Claxton, Kite and Austin Mock, who has missed the entire season due to an elbow injury, were honored prior to Friday's game. Friday's win was the Bulldogs' 20th of the season, the first time MP has reached the mark since 2011. "It means a ton to me" Mathis said of 20 wins. "I've only won 20 one time, and that's a number Rt been chasing since the first time I stepped in the box as a coach. Those two years, my third year (at Taylor County), and this year are very similar. I love both of those teams. And I've said it all year long, I'm crazy about this team here. They deserve every good thing that happens to them. They work hard, and they do what they're supposed to do. They re good kids And I m proud to be their coach." Mathis said he was glad Mock, a two-year starter who was injured in the pre-season while competing on the MP wrestling team, was able to join his baseball teammates for Senior Night "This year has not gone Austin's way obviouslff Mathis said. "He would make a big difference out here in a lot of areas ffhe was here. And this is one of the first times since he had surgery that he was able to come out here and be with us. He was out here with a glove during BP with his cast on. You feel terrible for the way it wound up for him, but he's going to try to keep his career going next year (in college). That's why he had the surgery now. So we're gonna keep praying that that's what happens." Kite, who had a double in what might have been his final career home game, said it feels like his varsity career has flown by. "Ifs been great ' Kite said. "We've had some controversy over the past few years, but I wouldn't want to represent anyone else." Two nights earlier, on Wednesda) MP was blanked 3-0 at Perry in Game 2 of the series as Panthers' ace Iayden Chance got the win while pitching 6 and 2/3 innings, giving up just 3 hits and 0 runs while striking out 7 and walking 4. Watson took a hard-luck loss for the Bulldogs, throwing a 6-inning complete game while giving up 6 hits, 3 runs, none earned, while striking out two and walking one. The Bulldogs' inconsistent defense reared its ugly head on Wednesday night as MP committed four errors, including two by Howard, that led to all three Panthers' runs. Mathis, who served the final game of a GHSA-mandated two-game suspension on Wednesda); said Chance was the best pitcher MP has faced all year. MP will next play at Upson-Lee at 5:55 p.m. on Wednesday in Game 2 of the three-game set. The Bulldogs will then face the Knights in their regular season finale at the Atlanta Braves' SunTrust Park at 4 p.m. on Friday. Meanwhile, the Monroe County Middle School Bulldogs wrapped up their regular season with a road doubleheader split with Byron on Friday. Monroe County Middle lost Game 1 8-7 before bouncing back with a 7-3 victory in Game 2. The victory came four days after Monroe County outlasted Clifton Ridge 12-9 on the road in a slugfest on April 8. With a %3 area record, the Bull- dogs, the No. 2 seed, advanced to, the semifinals of the Cen @ [, ilil gia Middle School AthleticL !:i tournament, where theywe slated to host No. 3 seed Upson Lee Middle at 4 p,m. on Tuesda) If Monroe County Middle winS, would face the winner of the semili. nal showdown between No. 1 seed Clifton Ridge and No. 4 seed Byron Middle at 4 p.m. on Thursday in the area finals. If Clifton Ridge wins, as expected, the BuUdogs would travd to Gray for the championship game. f" ~ t u