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Harkabus repeats as Class 7A champion in 1,600


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  • May. 16, 2018 - 7:14 AM

Harkabus repeats as Class 7A champion in 1,600

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East Coweta sophomore Kyle Harkabus won his second consecutive Class 7A state championship in the 1,600 meters at last weekend's GHSA state meet in Rome.

They say it’s tough to walk in another man’s shoes. But running a mile in Kyle Harkabus’ track spikes must be a sheer thrill.

The East Coweta sophomore made another Class 7A state title in the 1,600 meters look easy on Friday among the highlights from this weekend’s GHSA State Track Championships.

He then turned around on Saturday and captured another title in the finals of the 800, giving himself a pair of gold medals to close another impressive varsity season.

Both East Coweta and Newnan competed in the 7A meet at Berry College, while Northgate’s Declan Gresham placed sixth in the Class 6A discus while competing at Carrollton High.

In Rome, Harkabus outdistanced Milton’s Sam Bowers at the finish to win the mile in Class 7A at Berry in 4:13.35, at least two seconds faster than last year’s winning time and well ahead of his two previous runs, including one to capture this year’s Region 2-7A title.

Harkabus then held off Shiloh teammates Spencer Vitense and Elijah Berry to win this year’s championship in the 800 while crossing in 1:52.44.

The Indians finished the state meet with 44 ½ points, 20 of which came from Harkabus. East Coweta’s boys were as high as third in team standings heading into the final four events.

East Coweta and Newnan wrapped up the three-day event with athletes running in the state finals of the 100, 400 and respective 400 or 1,600 relays following Friday’s field events.

They included two events where Indians and Cougars went head-to-head individually in the finals.

East Coweta’s Brayden Carey and Newnan’s Malik Hussie finished seventh and eighth respectively in the 400 at 49.38 and 48.52 after the two swapped wins at county and Region 2-7A meets this season.  

In the 100, Tyriq Hussie and Dantarious Chunn finished sixth and eighth, respectively, with times of 10.97 and 11.04. The duo battled at the county meet, placing first and second.

Hussie also qualified for the finals of the 200, finishing sixth overall at in 21.97.

East Coweta’s lineup of Chunn, Carey, Rakiyan Moss and Deon Woods finished seventh overall in the 400 relay with a time of 42.47.

The Hussie brothers joined Janei Sewell and Elijah Williams while posting the fourth fastest qualifying time of 3:20.26 in the 1,600 relay.

East Coweta’s competitors in Thursday’s qualifiers also included Ahumad Williams in the 110 hurdles in a 12th-place finish.

The Indians scored points in the field in four events led by third-place finishes by Joshua Render and Amari Strickland in the shot put and high jump, respectively.

Both Strickland and Carey scored points for East Coweta in the high jump, with Strickland clearing 6 feet, 4 inches to finish behind only Rashan Alkins of North Cobb and Sundi Washington of Rockdale County, both of whom battled for the state title after clearing 6-6.

Carey finished in a tie for sixth overall at 6-2 to give the Indians a combined 8 ½ points in the event.

Render closed out his career by placing third in the shot while improving on last year’s trip to the Class 7A meet. After just missing a chance to score in 2017, Render make the most of a final opportunity at state, putting together a top throw of 53-8 ½ to finish behind only Roswell standout Nate Wonsley IV at 58-10 ½ and South Forsyth’s Ridvan Kazimov (54-3). Wonsley also led efforts at the state sectionals.

Indians senior Will Underwood nearly posted additional points for East Coweta while placing ninth at 48-½, behind Tift County’s Chad Williams (48-8).

Another East Coweta senior, Ethan Brown, placed sixth in his final varsity competition in the discus among a pair of Indians who advanced through sectionals.

Brown was sixth at 146-2 and Christopher Moore placed 11th at 127-10.

East Coweta also had two entries in the long jump led by Christopher Pitt’s seventh-place finish at 22-3. Less than six inches separated third through eighth place in the event, with Carey finishing 10th at 22-0 while battling among the group.

Among Class 7A girls, London Fowler scored for East Coweta after closing the season with a seventh-place finish in the shot put at 38-0.

Newnan freshman Kaylen “K.K.” Madrey placed 10th in the high jump at 5-2.

They say it’s tough to walk in another man’s shoes. But running a mile in Kyle Harkabus’ track spikes must be a sheer thrill.

The East Coweta sophomore made another Class 7A state title in the 1,600 meters look easy on Friday among the highlights from this weekend’s GHSA State Track Championships.

Both East Coweta and Newnan competed in the 7A meet at Berry College, while Northgate’s Declan Gresham placed sixth in the Class 6A discus while competing at Carrollton High.

In Rome, Harkabus outdistanced Milton’s Sam Bowers at the finish to win the mile in Class 7A at Berry in 4:13.35, at least two seconds faster than last year’s winning time and well ahead of his two previous runs, including one to capture this year’s Region 2-7A title.

Harkabus will have a chance Saturday to add to the effort along with the Indians’ point total after qualifying during Wednesday’s 800 meter preliminaries. He turned in the second fastest qualifying time of 1:56.03, but while leading the first of two heats in competition.

East Coweta and Newnan wrapped up the three-day event with athletes running in the state finals of the 100, 400 and respective 400 or 1,600 relays following Friday’s field events.

They included two events where Indians and Cougars went head-to-head individually in the finals.

East Coweta’s Brayden Carey and Newnan’s Malik Hussie finished seventh and eighth respectively in the 400 at 49.38 and 48.52 after the two swapped wins at county and Region 2-7A meets this season.  

In the 100, Tyriq Hussie and Dantarious Chunn finished sixth and eighth, respectively, with times of 10.97 and 11.04. The duo battled at the county meet, placing first and second.

Hussie also qualified for the finals of the 200, placing eighth while advancing with a time of 21.8.

East Coweta’s lineup of Chunn, Carey, Rakiyan Moss and Deon Woods finished seventh overall in the 400 relay with a time of 42.47.

The Hussie brothers joined Janei Sewell and Elijah Williams while posting the fourth fastest qualifying time of 3:20.26 in the 1,600 relay.

East Coweta’s competitors in Thursday’s qualifiers also included Ahumad Williams in the 110 hurdles in a 12th-place finish.

The Indians scored points in the field in four events led by third-place finishes by Joshua Render and Amari Strickland in the shot put and high jump, respectively.

Both Strickland and Carey scored points for East Coweta in the high jump, with Strickland clearing 6 feet, 4 inches to finish behind only Rashan Alkins of North Cobb and Sundi Washington of Rockdale County, both of whom battled for the state title after clearing 6-6.

Carey finished in a tie for sixth overall at 6-2 to give the Indians a combined 8 ½ points in the event.

Render closed out his career by placing third in the shot while improving on last year’s trip to the Class 7A meet. After just missing a chance to score in 2017, Render make the most of a final opportunity at state, putting together a top throw of 53-8 ½ to finish behind only Roswell standout Nate Wonsley IV at 58-10 ½ and South Forsyth’s Ridvan Kazimov (54-3). Wonsley also led efforts at the state sectionals.

Indians senior Will Underwood nearly posted additional points for East Coweta while placing ninth at 48-½, behind Tift County’s Chad Williams (48-8).

Another East Coweta senior, Ethan Brown, placed sixth in his final varsity competition in the discus among a pair of Indians who advanced through sectionals.

Brown was sixth at 146-2 and Christopher Moore placed 11th at 127-10.

East Coweta also had two entries in the long jump led by Christopher Pitt’s seventh-place finish at 22-3. Less than six inches separated third through eighth place in the event, with Carey finishing 10th at 22-0 while battling among the group.

Among Class 7A girls, London Fowler scored for East Coweta after closing the season with a seventh-place finish in the shot put at 38-0.

Newnan freshman Kaylen “K.K.” Madrey placed 10th in the high jump at 5-2.

They say it’s tough to walk in another man’s shoes. But running a mile in Kyle Harkabus’ track spikes must be a sheer thrill.

The East Coweta sophomore made another Class 7A state title in the 1,600 meters look easy on Friday among the highlights from this weekend’s GHSA State Track Championships.

Both East Coweta and Newnan competed in the 7A meet at Berry College, while Northgate’s Declan Gresham placed sixth in the Class 6A discus while competing at Carrollton High.

In Rome, Harkabus outdistanced Milton’s Sam Bowers at the finish to win the mile in Class 7A at Berry in 4:13.35, at least two seconds faster than last year’s winning time and well ahead of his two previous runs, including one to capture this year’s Region 2-7A title.

Harkabus will have a chance Saturday to add to the effort along with the Indians’ point total after qualifying during Wednesday’s 800 meter preliminaries. He turned in the second fastest qualifying time of 1:56.03, but while leading the first of two heats in competition.

East Coweta and Newnan wrapped up the three-day event with athletes running in the state finals of the 100, 400 and respective 400 or 1,600 relays following Friday’s field events.

They included two events where Indians and Cougars went head-to-head individually in the finals.

East Coweta’s Brayden Carey and Newnan’s Malik Hussie finished seventh and eighth respectively in the 400 at 49.38 and 48.52 after the two swapped wins at county and Region 2-7A meets this season.  

In the 100, Tyriq Hussie and Dantarious Chunn finished sixth and eighth, respectively, with times of 10.97 and 11.04. The duo battled at the county meet, placing first and second.

Hussie also qualified for the finals of the 200, placing eighth while advancing with a time of 21.8.

East Coweta’s lineup of Chunn, Carey, Rakiyan Moss and Deon Woods finished seventh overall in the 400 relay with a time of 42.47.

The Hussie brothers joined Janei Sewell and Elijah Williams while posting the fourth fastest qualifying time of 3:20.26 in the 1,600 relay.

East Coweta’s competitors in Thursday’s qualifiers also included Ahumad Williams in the 110 hurdles in a 12th-place finish.

The Indians scored points in the field in four events led by third-place finishes by Joshua Render and Amari Strickland in the shot put and high jump, respectively.

Both Strickland and Carey scored points for East Coweta in the high jump, with Strickland clearing 6 feet, 4 inches to finish behind only Rashan Alkins of North Cobb and Sundi Washington of Rockdale County, both of whom battled for the state title after clearing 6-6.

Carey finished in a tie for sixth overall at 6-2 to give the Indians a combined 8 ½ points in the event.

Render closed out his career by placing third in the shot while improving on last year’s trip to the Class 7A meet. After just missing a chance to score in 2017, Render make the most of a final opportunity at state, putting together a top throw of 53-8 ½ to finish behind only Roswell standout Nate Wonsley IV at 58-10 ½ and South Forsyth’s Ridvan Kazimov (54-3). Wonsley also led efforts at the state sectionals.

Indians senior Will Underwood nearly posted additional points for East Coweta while placing ninth at 48-½, behind Tift County’s Chad Williams (48-8).

Another East Coweta senior, Ethan Brown, placed sixth in his final varsity competition in the discus among a pair of Indians who advanced through sectionals.

Brown was sixth at 146-2 and Christopher Moore placed 11th at 127-10.

East Coweta also had two entries in the long jump led by Christopher Pitt’s seventh-place finish at 22-3. Less than six inches separated third through eighth place in the event, with Carey finishing 10th at 22-0 while battling among the group.

Among Class 7A girls, London Fowler scored for East Coweta after closing the season with a seventh-place finish in the shot put at 38-0.

Newnan freshman Kaylen “K.K.” Madrey placed 10th in the high jump at 5-2.

They say it’s tough to walk in another man’s shoes. But running a mile in Kyle Harkabus’ track spikes must be a sheer thrill.

The East Coweta sophomore made another Class 7A state title in the 1,600 meters look easy on Friday among the highlights from this weekend’s GHSA State Track Championships.

Both East Coweta and Newnan competed in the 7A meet at Berry College, while Northgate’s Declan Gresham placed sixth in the Class 6A discus while competing at Carrollton High.

In Rome, Harkabus outdistanced Milton’s Sam Bowers at the finish to win the mile in Class 7A at Berry in 4:13.35, at least two seconds faster than last year’s winning time and well ahead of his two previous runs, including one to capture this year’s Region 2-7A title.

Harkabus will have a chance Saturday to add to the effort along with the Indians’ point total after qualifying during Wednesday’s 800 meter preliminaries. He turned in the second fastest qualifying time of 1:56.03, but while leading the first of two heats in competition.

East Coweta and Newnan wrapped up the three-day event with athletes running in the state finals of the 100, 400 and respective 400 or 1,600 relays following Friday’s field events.

They included two events where Indians and Cougars went head-to-head individually in the finals.

East Coweta’s Brayden Carey and Newnan’s Malik Hussie finished seventh and eighth respectively in the 400 at 49.38 and 48.52 after the two swapped wins at county and Region 2-7A meets this season.  

In the 100, Tyriq Hussie and Dantarious Chunn finished sixth and eighth, respectively, with times of 10.97 and 11.04. The duo battled at the county meet, placing first and second.

Hussie also qualified for the finals of the 200, placing eighth while advancing with a time of 21.8.

East Coweta’s lineup of Chunn, Carey, Rakiyan Moss and Deon Woods finished seventh overall in the 400 relay with a time of 42.47.

The Hussie brothers joined Janei Sewell and Elijah Williams while posting the fourth fastest qualifying time of 3:20.26 in the 1,600 relay.

East Coweta’s competitors in Thursday’s qualifiers also included Ahumad Williams in the 110 hurdles in a 12th-place finish.

The Indians scored points in the field in four events led by third-place finishes by Joshua Render and Amari Strickland in the shot put and high jump, respectively.

Both Strickland and Carey scored points for East Coweta in the high jump, with Strickland clearing 6 feet, 4 inches to finish behind only Rashan Alkins of North Cobb and Sundi Washington of Rockdale County, both of whom battled for the state title after clearing 6-6.

Carey finished in a tie for sixth overall at 6-2 to give the Indians a combined 8 ½ points in the event.

Render closed out his career by placing third in the shot while improving on last year’s trip to the Class 7A meet. After just missing a chance to score in 2017, Render make the most of a final opportunity at state, putting together a top throw of 53-8 ½ to finish behind only Roswell standout Nate Wonsley IV at 58-10 ½ and South Forsyth’s Ridvan Kazimov (54-3). Wonsley also led efforts at the state sectionals.

Indians senior Will Underwood nearly posted additional points for East Coweta while placing ninth at 48-½, behind Tift County’s Chad Williams (48-8).

Another East Coweta senior, Ethan Brown, placed sixth in his final varsity competition in the discus among a pair of Indians who advanced through sectionals.

Brown was sixth at 146-2 and Christopher Moore placed 11th at 127-10.

East Coweta also had two entries in the long jump led by Christopher Pitt’s seventh-place finish at 22-3. Less than six inches separated third through eighth place in the event, with Carey finishing 10th at 22-0 while battling among the group.

Among Class 7A girls, London Fowler scored for East Coweta after closing the season with a seventh-place finish in the shot put at 38-0.

Newnan freshman Kaylen “K.K.” Madrey placed 10th in the high jump at 5-2.

They say it’s tough to walk in another man’s shoes. But running a mile in Kyle Harkabus’ track spikes must be a sheer thrill.

The East Coweta sophomore made another Class 7A state title in the 1,600 meters look easy on Friday among the highlights from this weekend’s GHSA State Track Championships.

Both East Coweta and Newnan competed in the 7A meet at Berry College, while Northgate’s Declan Gresham placed sixth in the Class 6A discus while competing at Carrollton High.

In Rome, Harkabus outdistanced Milton’s Sam Bowers at the finish to win the mile in Class 7A at Berry in 4:13.35, at least two seconds faster than last year’s winning time and well ahead of his two previous runs, including one to capture this year’s Region 2-7A title.

Harkabus will have a chance Saturday to add to the effort along with the Indians’ point total after qualifying during Wednesday’s 800 meter preliminaries. He turned in the second fastest qualifying time of 1:56.03, but while leading the first of two heats in competition.

East Coweta and Newnan wrapped up the three-day event with athletes running in the state finals of the 100, 400 and respective 400 or 1,600 relays following Friday’s field events.

They included two events where Indians and Cougars went head-to-head individually in the finals.

East Coweta’s Brayden Carey and Newnan’s Malik Hussie finished seventh and eighth respectively in the 400 at 49.38 and 48.52 after the two swapped wins at county and Region 2-7A meets this season.  

In the 100, Tyriq Hussie and Dantarious Chunn finished sixth and eighth, respectively, with times of 10.97 and 11.04. The duo battled at the county meet, placing first and second.

Hussie also qualified for the finals of the 200, placing eighth while advancing with a time of 21.8.

East Coweta’s lineup of Chunn, Carey, Rakiyan Moss and Deon Woods finished seventh overall in the 400 relay with a time of 42.47.

The Hussie brothers joined Janei Sewell and Elijah Williams while posting the fourth fastest qualifying time of 3:20.26 in the 1,600 relay.

East Coweta’s competitors in Thursday’s qualifiers also included Ahumad Williams in the 110 hurdles in a 12th-place finish.

The Indians scored points in the field in four events led by third-place finishes by Joshua Render and Amari Strickland in the shot put and high jump, respectively.

Both Strickland and Carey scored points for East Coweta in the high jump, with Strickland clearing 6 feet, 4 inches to finish behind only Rashan Alkins of North Cobb and Sundi Washington of Rockdale County, both of whom battled for the state title after clearing 6-6.

Carey finished in a tie for sixth overall at 6-2 to give the Indians a combined 8 ½ points in the event.

Render closed out his career by placing third in the shot while improving on last year’s trip to the Class 7A meet. After just missing a chance to score in 2017, Render make the most of a final opportunity at state, putting together a top throw of 53-8 ½ to finish behind only Roswell standout Nate Wonsley IV at 58-10 ½ and South Forsyth’s Ridvan Kazimov (54-3). Wonsley also led efforts at the state sectionals.

Indians senior Will Underwood nearly posted additional points for East Coweta while placing ninth at 48-½, behind Tift County’s Chad Williams (48-8).

Another East Coweta senior, Ethan Brown, placed sixth in his final varsity competition in the discus among a pair of Indians who advanced through sectionals.

Brown was sixth at 146-2 and Christopher Moore placed 11th at 127-10.

East Coweta also had two entries in the long jump led by Christopher Pitt’s seventh-place finish at 22-3. Less than six inches separated third through eighth place in the event, with Carey finishing 10th at 22-0 while battling among the group.

Among Class 7A girls, London Fowler scored for East Coweta after closing the season with a seventh-place finish in the shot put at 38-0.

Newnan freshman Kaylen “K.K.” Madrey placed 10th in the high jump at 5-2.

They say it’s tough to walk in another man’s shoes. But running a mile in Kyle Harkabus’ track spikes must be a sheer thrill.

The East Coweta sophomore made another Class 7A state title in the 1,600 meters look easy on Friday among the highlights from this weekend’s GHSA State Track Championships.

Both East Coweta and Newnan competed in the 7A meet at Berry College, while Northgate’s Declan Gresham placed sixth in the Class 6A discus while competing at Carrollton High.

In Rome, Harkabus outdistanced Milton’s Sam Bowers at the finish to win the mile in Class 7A at Berry in 4:13.35, at least two seconds faster than last year’s winning time and well ahead of his two previous runs, including one to capture this year’s Region 2-7A title.

Harkabus will have a chance Saturday to add to the effort along with the Indians’ point total after qualifying during Wednesday’s 800 meter preliminaries. He turned in the second fastest qualifying time of 1:56.03, but while leading the first of two heats in competition.

East Coweta and Newnan wrapped up the three-day event with athletes running in the state finals of the 100, 400 and respective 400 or 1,600 relays following Friday’s field events.

They included two events where Indians and Cougars went head-to-head individually in the finals.

East Coweta’s Brayden Carey and Newnan’s Malik Hussie finished seventh and eighth respectively in the 400 at 49.38 and 48.52 after the two swapped wins at county and Region 2-7A meets this season.  

In the 100, Tyriq Hussie and Dantarious Chunn finished sixth and eighth, respectively, with times of 10.97 and 11.04. The duo battled at the county meet, placing first and second.

Hussie also qualified for the finals of the 200, placing eighth while advancing with a time of 21.8.

East Coweta’s lineup of Chunn, Carey, Rakiyan Moss and Deon Woods finished seventh overall in the 400 relay with a time of 42.47.

The Hussie brothers joined Janei Sewell and Elijah Williams while posting the fourth fastest qualifying time of 3:20.26 in the 1,600 relay.

East Coweta’s competitors in Thursday’s qualifiers also included Ahumad Williams in the 110 hurdles in a 12th-place finish.

The Indians scored points in the field in four events led by third-place finishes by Joshua Render and Amari Strickland in the shot put and high jump, respectively.

Both Strickland and Carey scored points for East Coweta in the high jump, with Strickland clearing 6 feet, 4 inches to finish behind only Rashan Alkins of North Cobb and Sundi Washington of Rockdale County, both of whom battled for the state title after clearing 6-6.

Carey finished in a tie for sixth overall at 6-2 to give the Indians a combined 8 ½ points in the event.

Render closed out his career by placing third in the shot while improving on last year’s trip to the Class 7A meet. After just missing a chance to score in 2017, Render make the most of a final opportunity at state, putting together a top throw of 53-8 ½ to finish behind only Roswell standout Nate Wonsley IV at 58-10 ½ and South Forsyth’s Ridvan Kazimov (54-3). Wonsley also led efforts at the state sectionals.

Indians senior Will Underwood nearly posted additional points for East Coweta while placing ninth at 48-½, behind Tift County’s Chad Williams (48-8).

Another East Coweta senior, Ethan Brown, placed sixth in his final varsity competition in the discus among a pair of Indians who advanced through sectionals.

Brown was sixth at 146-2 and Christopher Moore placed 11th at 127-10.

East Coweta also had two entries in the long jump led by Christopher Pitt’s seventh-place finish at 22-3. Less than six inches separated third through eighth place in the event, with Carey finishing 10th at 22-0 while battling among the group.

Among Class 7A girls, London Fowler scored for East Coweta after closing the season with a seventh-place finish in the shot put at 38-0.

Newnan freshman Kaylen “K.K.” Madrey placed 10th in the high jump at 5-2.