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May I, 20J9 it orter m Page 3B == , i. By Richard Dumas forsyfh@mymcr.net The Mary Persons girls track team achieved an impressive runner-up finish at the Region 2-AAAA meet at Spalding on Tuesda) April 23 with a total of 127 points. Howard easily captured the girls team title with 196 points. West Lau- rens placed third with 106 po'mts while Spalding came in fourth with 88 points. Perry took fifth place with 49 points while Upson-Lee placed sixth with 41 points. The Lady Dogs did not have any indi- vidual region champions but several MP girls athletes recorded second-place fin- ishes. Ava McKallip finished in second place in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5 minutes, 48 seconds, which trailed champion Jordan Rozier of Howard by nearly 19 seconds. Meradeth Leverett placed second in the 3,200 meters with a time of 13 minutes, 14 seconds, finishing behind only Rozier, who took first place with a blazing time of 12 minutes, 7 sec- onds. Precious Gaines took second place in the shot put with a heave of 33 feet, 5 inches, finishing behind first-place ]ayden Rogers of West Laurens, who recorded a throw of 35 feet, 10 inches. Also, MP's J'Mya Mann was the runner- up in the discus with a throw of 93 feet, I inch, trailing first-place finisher LaQueene Pittman of West Laurens, whose winning throw traveled 97 feet, 5 inches. MP girls head coach David Carey said he told his team members that even without an individual win, the team can still fare well if they stack up high finishes. Carey said, "I told the girls ffwe can place second, third and fourth, We can make some noise. And that's what we did" Other MP girls athletes who placed in the top four at region and therefore qualified for state sectionals included: Campbell Brown, who placed third in the 100 meters with a time of 12.70 sec- onds and placed third in the 200 meters with a time of 26.71 seconds, Courtney Whatley, who placed fourth in the 100 meters with a time of 12.86 seconds, Demarria Scandrett, who placed third in the 400 meters with a time of I minute, 2 seconds and placed fourth in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 6 inches, Leverett, who placed third in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5 minutes, 50 sec- onds, McKallip, who placed third in the 3,200 meters with a time of 13 minutes, 15 seconds, Kaylee Gordon, who placed fourth in the ll0-meter hurdles with a time of 19.44 seconds, Cheyla Tafolla, who placed third in the pole vault with a vault of 8 feet, Leslie Rivera, who placed fourth in the pole vault with a vault of 7 feet, 6 inches, and Mann, who placed fourth in the shot put with a heave of 29 feet, 2 inches. Also, MP's No. 1 4 x 400-meter relay team of Brown, Nakiah Wilson, Alyssa Green and Scandrett placed fourth with a time of 4 minutes, 17 seconds. Other MP girls athletes who scored points at region but failed to qualify for state sectionals included: Whatley, who placed fifth in the 200 meters with a time of 27.11 seconds, Green, who placed fifth in the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 49 seconds, Katie HoUis, who placed sixth in the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 50 seconds, Jordan Shannon, who placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 20.78 seconds and placed sixth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 52.09 seconds, Gordon, who placed eighth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 58.89 seconds, and Gaines, who placed seventh in the discus with a throw of 69 feet, 2 inches. Also, MP's No. 2 4 x 100-meter relay team of Green, Wilson, Tysheeka Hart and Scandrett placed fifth with a time of 52.20 seconds, MP's No. 1 4 x 100-meter relay team of Jordan Shannon, Brown, Alvina Shan- non and Whafley placed eighth with a time of 56.61 seconds, and MP's No. 2 4 x 400-meter relay team of Hollis, Jordan Shannon, Ashley Fagan and Hart placed sixth with a time of 4 minutes, 43 seconds. Carey said his lone regret from an otherwise excellent meet was that his top 4 x 100-meter relay team had a bad exchange that kept it from qualifying for sectionals. Demarria Scandrett, who placed third in the 400 meters at the April 23 Region 2-AAAA championship meet at Spalding, was one of 12 Lady Dogs' athletes to qualify for the AAAA state sectionals in Columbus on Saturday (Photo/Richard Dumas) f, i o. m" i"l~ MP BOYS TRACK Continued from 1 B 800, but he really has the best times in the dassification, if not the whole state, in the 3,200' Burdette said. "So his chances of going deeper in state really set better with the 3,200 and the 1,600" Burdette added that Battles, who is often overshadowed by Wachtet, has stepped up to become an outstanding distance runner in his own right in 2019. "Connor Battles is one of our most improved runners from last year" Burdette said. "I think just training together with Wachtel and maturing a year has really helped Connor He'S done re- ally weU" MP junior Rico Harden also was an individual region cham- pion, winning the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 9 inches to top second-place finisher Daniel Dorsey of West Laurens by six inches. Also, MP junior Wyatt Currie, who had only raced in two meets prior to Tuesday due to playing on MP's baseball team, was also a region champion in the 400 meters. Curries time of 51.21 seconds beat second-place finisher Malik Dennis of Perry, who posted a time of 51.94 sec- onds, by more than seven-tenths of a second. Currie, who was in rightfield when the Bulldogs' baseball squad clinched region four days earlier, was also a mem- ber of MP's region championship football squad in the fall, possibly making him the lone MP athlete in program history to win three region championshil s in the same school year. Burdette said of Currie: "Wyatt, he surprised us a little bit. But we knew Wyatt could do it. It was just us being able to have a chance to use him and get him The Bulldogs also swept the in the 4 x 400 relay was an eye- two relay races, winning both the opener. 4 x 100 meters and the 4 x 400 "If we can drop a couple more meters. MP's No. 1 4 x 100-me- tenths off, we've got a chance ter relay team of Quen Wilson, to do really well in the 4 x 100;' Kelvin Harden, William Stewart Burdette said. 'And that was the and Rico Harden took first place best time we've run all year. We with a time of 42.19 seconds, had smooth passes all the way MP senior Daniel Lavelle placed second in the shot put competition at the April 23 region meet. (Photo/Richard Dumas) besting second-place West Lau- tens by three-tenths of a second. Also, MP'S No. 1 4 x 400-meter relay team of Rico Harden, Cur- rie, Stewart and Kelvin Harden for any length of time has been kind of tough. We 9xpected him of 3 minutes, 30 seconds, topping to place and advance, but we second-place Spalding by just daimed the top spot with a time didn't expect him to win it really, over three-tenths of a second. He did it. It was the best time Burdette said MP expected to we've run in the 400 in three or come out on top in the 4 x 100 four years probably." relay but said the Dogs' victory around, we got the baton all the way around, and everybody ran really well. We've got some fast kids. They've got to pass the baton and give themselves an opportunity to win it. The 4 x 400 win was a big surprise. Wyatt helps a little bit, but those kids were really fired up about it. They really wanted to advance. It came out of nowhere really to win the 4 x 400:' A number of other MP boys the 800 meters with a time of 2 athletes also recorded second- minutes, 20 seconds, DeAdrek place finishes at region Wilson Alford, who placed fifth in the placed second in the 100 meters 110-meter hurdles with a time with a time of 10.90 seconds, of 15.42 seconds and placed fifth which was nearly three-tenths in the high jump with a leap of slower than first-place finisher 5 feet, 8 inches, Kelvin Harden, Keith Edwards of West Laurens. who placed sixth in the ll0-me- Rico Harden placed second in the ter hurdles with a time of 15.74 200 meters with a time of 22.06 seconds and placed seventh in seconds, also trailing Edwards, the triple jump with a leap of 38 who took the top spot with a time feet, 10 inches, Cameron Buck- of 21.60 seconds. Battles finished ner, who placed seventh in the in second place in both the 1,600 300-meter hurdles with a time of meters and the 3,200 meters. 45.17 seconds, Tra Walker, who Desmond Williams placed placed fifth in the long jump with second in the high jump with a leap of 20 feet, 6 inches, and a leap of 6 feet, 2 inches, which Rico Harden, who placed fifth in matched the height cleared by the the triple jump with a leap of 40 Champion Malik MuUis of Perry. feet, 9 inches. Also, MP's No. 2 4 x However, Mullis won the tie- 100-meter relay team of Lada- breaker as a result of successfully mian Sands, Mford, Malik Davis completing every jump for longer and Antonio Davis placed sev- to start the competition than enth with a time of 45.17 seconds. Williams Daniel Lavelle finished With three victories, including runner-up in the shot put with a two relays, and two other Top-5 heave of 43 feet, 7 inches, placing finishes, Rico Harden was the behind champion Antwan Fann boys high-point individual award of Perry, who recorded a heave of winner on Thursday. 48 feet, 4 inches. Burdette said, "Rico's running Other MP boys athletes who his best times of the year, and I placed in the top four at region think he has a chance to go lower and therefore qualified for state moving forward at sectionals and sectionals included: Stewart, who state:' placed fourth in the 100 meters The MP boys and girls track with a time of 11.04 seconds and squads will next compete in placed third in the 200 meters the AAAA state sectional meet with a time of 22.39 seconds, at Kinnett Stadium in Colum- Kelvin Harden, who placed third bus on Saturday, May 4 against in the 300-meter hurdles with athletes from Regions 1, 2, 5 and a time of 41.99 seconds, Brycen 6-AAAA. MP athletes who place Young, who placed fourth in the in the top eight at sectionals will pole vault with a vault of 9 feet, 6 then advance to the three-day inches, Colton Dingmore, who AAAA state championship meet placed third in the shot put with at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany a heave of 42 feet, 10 inches, and beginning on Thursday, May 9. Lavelle, who placed third in the Burdette said MP has a lot more discus with a throw of 112 feet, "seasoned" boys athletes compet- 6 inches. Also, MP'S No. 2 4 x ing at sectionals than it did a year 400-meter relay team of Antonio ago. Davis, Malik Davis, Wachtel and "They've run a lot of important Adrian Hughley placed third races. They've been in the starting with a time of 3 minutes, 39 blocks. They know the gist of the seconds, track meet" Burdette said. "It's Other MP boys athletes who not a surprise to anybody. You scored points at region but failed don't how to teach anybody, 'This to qualify for sectionals included: is how the track meet is: They Holden Haworth, who placed get it. They know what's going to fifth in the 800 meters with a time happen. They know there's going of 2 minutes, 17 seconds, Anto- to be fast people, and they know nio Davis, who placed eighth in they have to run good:' q Jr