By CHRIS GOLTERMANN, CowetaScore.com
The calendar barely has flipped to March, but performances are way ahead of the pace this spring for county lineups, some of which are already posting school-record times following a busy Saturday.
It included both East Coweta and Newnan competing at the annual Panther Relays at Starr's Mill, while Northgate opened its season at the seventh annual Lions Showcase at Westlake.
Trinity Christian's boys, meanwhile, dominated at the Patriot Invitational, held at Strong Rock Christian in Henry County, racking up 111 ½ points to lead 10 schools, while the Lady Lions placed third among 14 teams in action.
Boys teams from East Coweta and Newnan held their own at the Panther Relays in Fayetteville, each setting new school records in the distance medley.
The Indians finished third overall among 22 schools with 50 ½ points to finish behind only Hoover, Ala. (94 ½), and Archer (67) in boys standings. Newnan's boys scored 22 points to finish 13th.
Girls teams had scorers in the field. London Fowler gave the Lady Indians five points by placing fourth in the shot put (35-10), while Newnan freshman Kaylen Madrey added 4 ½ while finishing in a tie for fifth in the high jump at 5-0.
East Coweta placed 10th overall, while Newnan was 18th among combined team scores.
Sophomore Kyle Harkabus helped lead the way for the Indians, winning both the 1,600 (4:21.83) and 3,200 (9:21.73). In both races, he finished ahead of Nick Nyman of Starr's Mill and James Cragin of Archer.
The Cougars, meanwhile, edged out East Coweta's boys to score in a distance relay event where both programs posted school-record times.
Newnan's lineup of Joshua DePeeza, Bo Palmer Bryson Houston and Gray Frederick finished mark of 11:45.82
in 11:42.19, placing eighth to score a point for the Cougars.
East Coweta's foursome of Alex Taylor, Issac Jones, Logan Ray and Jack Cliett placed ninth with a schoolrecord mark of 11:45.82.
The Indians' 400-relay equally just missed scoring with a ninth-place effort in 43.48, as did a ninth-place 800 relay.
East Coweta racked up impressive efforts in the field, led by Joshua Render's victory in the shot put. Render tied Archer's Walter Klima with a top throw of 51-4 1/4, but won the tiebreaker. Will Underwood also added points in the event for East Coweta, finishing seventh at 47-1 3/4.
Christopher Pitt placed third in the long jump at 21-5, while Amari Strickland was fourth in the high jump at 6-0.In the 100, Newnan's Tyriq Hussie finished fifth and East Coweta's Dantarious Chunn placed seventh in 11.13.
The Cougars remained strongest in relay events taking third in the 400 sixth in the 1,600 and seventh in the 3,200.
TRINITY FINISHES FIRST, THIRD AT STRONG ROCK: Trinity Christian teams were consistently on the podium at Strong Rock's Patriot Invitational led by a victory by the Lions' with 111 ½ points.
Caleb Dallas and Jordan Mitchell placed first and second, respectively in the shot with marks of 38-5 3/4 and 37-5 ½. Alex DeBoy won the 3,200 in 10:04, with Hans Troyer second in 10:17.
Kyle McGuire, won the 400 for Trinity in 52.37, while also taking third in the 200 in 23.30, just ahead of Lions teammate Kahea Johnson.
McGuire and Troyer helped close out the boys title for Trinity by joining Bartley Truskolaski and Sawyer Stevens in a 1,600relay victory in 3:42.15.
Scorers for the Lions included Max McTier (4th, long jump), Eric Wilkinson (6th, long jump) Dallas (4th, high jump), Matthew Sherrod (3rd, triple jump), Bryan McGuire (7th, triple jump), Stevens (7th, 300 hurdles) and Truskolaski (5th, long jump; 8th 100) Trinity's girls
scored 63 points to finish behind Woodland-Henry (138) and North Atlanta (89) in team standings.
Claire Geerlings, Sami Bourque Anicka Cowan had top-three efforts to help lead the Lady Lions. Geerlings was third in both the 200 and 400, while Cowan placed second in the triple jump and third in the 100 hurdles. Bourque was second in the 3,200 and fifth in the 800.
Other scorers for Trinity's girls included Sarah Leyimu (5th, triple jump), Bree Porter (7th, 100 hurdles), Morgan Ross (7th, long jump), Sarah Rainey (7th, shot put) and Brianna Boyd (8th, discus).
NORTHGATE COMPETES AT WESTLAKE LIONS SHOWCASE: Northgate opened its 2018 season at the seventh annual Lions Showcase among a 22-team field.
A combined 13 points for Northgate's boys was led by Declan Gresham, who s finished second in the shot put and eighth in the discus at 117-1.
Chandler Yao's also was fifth in the long jump at 20-7 ½, while the Vikings' distance relay of Matthew Hill, Davis McIntire, Michael Nelson and William Stevens just missed scoring by placing ninth.
The Lady Vikings lineup of Dalia Gibson, Meredith Rielly, Meagan Ryan and Delaney Shaw was 10th overall.