By CHRIS GOLTERMANN - CowetaScore.com
Boys varsity track teams continued an impressive pace on Saturday led by East Coweta’s second meet victory of the 2018 season, this one at the Atlanta Games among a field of 24 schools that included three more from Region 2-7A.
The Indians scored 65 points to hold off Cedar Grove (59), Dutchtown (57) and Heritage (55) in a battle for first place.
Westlake was sixth among other 2-7A schools, followed by Campbell and Pebblebrook in eighth and 16th place, respectively.
It came on a day where East Coweta also had a boys team at the annual Christian Taylor Invitational at Sandy Creek, while joined by Trinity Christian and Northgate.
Trinity’s boys placed a solid third overall with 88 points, behind only meet host Sandy Creek (117) and Fayette County (97). Northgate was seventh with 39 points and East Coweta’s representatives scored 14 points.
In girls standings at Sandy Creek, Trinity Christian was sixth (51 1⁄2) and Northgate placed eighth (17).
At Lakewood Stadium, the East Coweta’s efforts at the Atlanta Games included a sweep of the girls and boys shot put in respective performances from London Fowler (36- 6) and Joshua Render (48-9) as well as one from Indians’ sophomore Kyle Harkabus in the 800 and 1,600 meters with respective times of 1:56.38 and 4:17.63.
Both teams also had scorers in the 3,200. The Lady Indians, who placed 15th of 24 girls line- ups, were led by Holly Hind’s fifth-place effort in 12:47.51, while East Coweta’s boys teammates Braden Ray and Jacob Smith placed seventh and eighth, respectively, in 10:27.98 and 10:38.28.
In the field, the Indians also picked up a second-place effort from Konner Johnson in the pole vault at 11-6, while Ethan finished runner-up in the discus at 145-6. Christopher Pitt was fifth in the long jump (20-6 1⁄2) and Nelson took fifth in the shot put behind Render at 40-6.
On the track, Dantarious Chunn was fourth in the 100 at 11.19. Ahmad Williams (7th, 110) and Ramal Holston (8th, 300) each scored in respective hurdles events.
Scorers for the Lady Indians also included Paishence Collier, who tied for seventh in the high jump after a six-way tie among athletes that cleared 5-0.
At Sandy Creek, the Indians also had two scorers in the boys 1,600 in Jack Cliett (7th, 4:59) and Alex Taylor (8th, 5:00.01). Colby Butts placed eighth in the 3,200 in 11:04.
In the field, Indians teammates Tyrell Fudge and Rigon Musliu tied for fifth in the high jump, each clearing 5-2. Jalen Hill also was fifth in the discus at 109-1 1⁄2.
Trinity Christian’s boys were equally strong in long distance events at the Christian Taylor Invitational. Hans Troyer won both the 800 and 1,600, while Lions teammate Alex DeBoy was first in the 3,200 in a battle with Northgate freshman Mat- thew Hill, who placed second.
DeBoy finished in 10:18.24, ahead of Hill in 10:27.15.
Troyer crossed the 800 first in 2:06.51, ahead of teammate David Freeman (5th, 2:10.53) and Northhate’s William Stephens (7th, 2:14.76). The Lions senior also led a strong local contingent of runners in the 3,200, crossing first in 4;44.74.