The Heritage Lady Generals placed second overall at the season-opening Southeast Whitfield Invitational track meet on Saturday, while Gordon Lee's girls turned in a very respectable fourth-place showing in the 13-team event.
For Heritage, Madelyn Thompson was second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.84 seconds. She was also fourth in the 300 hurdles, clocking in at 56.04.
Tayia Ford was second in the 200 (29.34) and fifth in the 100 (14.14). Zauren Burton was fourth in the 200 (29.84). Alex Gass was fourth in the 800 (2:51), while the 4x100 relay team placed third (55.34).
In the field events, Raleigh Lewis claimed victory in the discus with a throw of 114 feet, 4 inches, besting her nearest competitor by 15 feet. Mariah McCrary was third (84-10.5). Lewis also took second in the shot put (34-2) while Burton was fifth in the high jump (8-4.5).
For the Lady Trojans, Gracie O'Neal swept both the 800 (2:35) and the 1600 (5:40) to score big points for the Navy-and-White. Kaylee Brown won the high jump with a mark of 5-0 and later placed third in the pole vault (8-6.25).
Addison Sturdivant was second in the 400 (1:05.84), while the 4x400 relay team also placed second (4:32). The 4x100 relay team was fifth (55.64) and Baileigh Smith took fourth in the discus (80-6).
Dalton was first overall with 112 points, followed by Heritage with 77 and Gilmer with 75. Gordon Lee finished with 65 points.
Heritage also finished second in the boys standings, thanks in part to the performance turned in by Lavarius Hood. Hood won the discus (122-6) and was runner-up in the shot put (44-10.25).
Dakota Carter was second in the 300 hurdles, clocking in at 44.24 seconds, while his teammate Damien Weekly, was third in the same event (45.24).
Other top five finishers included Cameron Evans, who was fifth in both the 200 (25.04) and the 400 (55.74). Kyler Jones was fifth in the 100 (11.94), while Boyd, one of the team's top distance runners, was fifth in the 1600 (5:03).
Wes Lozano was second in the pole vault (12-0.25). Ryan Carter was second in the triple jump (38-8.75), while Cade Ogle was fifth (34-9.25) in the same event. Zach Scott was second to Hood in the discus (120-8.5) and the Generals' 4x400 Relay team also placed second (31.50).
The only top five performance turned in by Gordon Lee came from Jasper Wilson, who took third in the 3200 (10:47) and who placed fourth in the 800 (2:14). Braden Jarvis was third in the pole vault (12-0), while Rob Napier also took fifth in the 110 hurdles (19.14).
In the final team standings, Dalton finished with 106 points, followed by Heritage with 96. Pickens and Gilmer tied for third with 70 points and Gordon Lee finished up in ninth place with 35.
Ringgold shines in Calhoun
At the Gordon Central Relays in Calhoun, the Lady Tigers took second place overall, while the Tigers were third, just two points out of the top spot.
No further details were provided as of press time.