BY CHRIS GOLTERMANN
Track lineups got the opportunity to compete in early season meets before heading into winter break.
They included East Coweta traveling to the Parkview Invitational, Newnan competing at the Union Grove Early Bird FAT and Trinity Christian making a short trip to Landmark for its second meet of the year.
East Coweta’s boys and girls placed second and fourth, respectively, among a dozen schools including meet host Parkview, Buford and Shiloh after opening the season a week earlier at the Spalding All-Comers meet on Feb. 9.
At Parkview, the Indians made a run for the meet title, coming up just 4 ½ points short of catching Shiloh while placing second overall with 130 ½.
East Coweta’s effort included victories by Isaac Jones in the 200 (23.17), Kyle Harkabus in the 1,600 (4:31.35), Ahumad Williams in the 110 hurdles (15.46) and Brayden Carey in the high jump (5-feet, 10 inches) to lead the way.
The Lady Indians received first-place efforts London Fowler (shot put, 36-3/4), Paishence Collier (400, 1:01.67) and Shannon Ferry (1,600, 5:40.45) while placing fourth overall with 64 points.
Buford led girls teams with 147 points, ahead of Parkview (85), Shiloh (83 ⅓) and East Coweta (64).
Newnan boys and girls lineups placed seventh and 14th respectively among 20 schools that particpated in the Union Grove Early Bird meet.
The Cougars opened the season with a 45-point effort to finish just four behind Morrow. Chapel Hill led boys teams with 116 ½ points while ahead of Rockdale County (91 ½), Union Grove (73) and Baldwin (61 ½).
Newnan’s 400-meter relay team, coming off a trip to state, placed second in 43.01 behind only Rockdale County. Seniors Malik and Tyriq Hussie added respective third-place performances individually. Malik was third in the 400 (49.76) while Tyriq placed third in both the 100 (11.00) and 200 (22.50).
Newnan also had three of the top eight placers in the 1,600, led by Beck James and Gray Frederick in fifth (4:54) and sixth (4:58). Grace Smith led scorers for the Lady Cougars while placing third in the 1,600 in 6:09.10. Newnan’s scorers also included K.K. Madrey in the high jump (5-2) and Deyja Melson in the 400 (8th, 1:00.92).
Trinity teams each placed third in varsity divisions and middle school girls and boys teams placed second and third, respectively at Landmark.
Efforts for the Lions during a 99 points effort included a win for Eric Wilkinson in the discus (103-4) and Kyle McGuire in the 400 (50.26).
McGuire was also part of a 1,600-relay victory for Trinity’s boys in 3:41.42 with Bryan McGuire, Bartley Truskolakski and Matthew Sherrod.
Sherrod (5th, 300 hurdles) and Truskolaski (6th, 200) also placed individually in running events.
The Lady Lions scored 79 points, with Claire Carson and Bryce Hackworth tying for first in the pole vault at 7-0.