The track teams from each of the three local schools met on Tuesday at the Gordon County Championship, and only one girls team and one boys team walked away with bragging rights.
The Calhoun girls and Calhoun boys performed well enough to each claim the team titles thanks to some impressive individual performances. The Jackets put up the top team total on the boys side with 95 points ahead of Gordon Central’s 43 and Sonoraville’s 32 while the Lady Jackets finished atop the team standings with 66 points, good enough to edge out Sonoraville with 55 and Gordon Central with 38.
“I was very proud of how my teams performed,” said Calhoun head coach Brant Murry. “This meet always brings out the best in our athletes here in Gordon County, and we always see great results. We had several kids with personal bests, and that was great to see as we head into spring break. We have one final tune-up when we get back from spring break before we battle it out at region here at Calhoun.”
The Calhoun boys were led by Jaylan Harris, Felipe Barrios, Quin Smith and Carson Griffin who earned two first-place finishes apiece. Harris won the 100 meter dash (11.36) and high jump (6-00), Barrios took home top finishes in the 1600 meter (4:34.89) and 3200 meter (10:01.57), Smith finished atop the 110 meter hurdles (15.50) and 300 meter hurdles (43.51) and Griffin won the shot put (45-06) and discus (141-08).
Other first-place finishes for the Jackets came from Dylan Faulkner in the pole vault (13-08), Blaze Hammett in the triple jump (38-03), the 4x100 meter relay team (44.00) and the 4x800 meter relay team (10:13). They had 12 other top-three finishes.
The Lady Jackets had two first-place finishes from Malysha Winston as she won the shot put with a 35-01 and the discus with a 97-01 as well as a top finish from the 4x800 meter relay team (11:43). Calhoun had 19 other top-three finishes.
The Gordon Central boys were led by Joey Kowalzcewski who won the 800 meter with a time of 2:03.10 and the 4x400 meter relay team of Donovan Massingill, Camdon Miles, Yostin Reyes and Kowalzcewski with a time of 3:38.98. They had 12 other top-three finishes.
The Lady Warriors had a pair of athletes with two first-place finishes, including Tayla Gunn in the long jump (15-05) and triple jump (34-01.50) and Kayla Caudill in the 100 meter hurdles (19.12) and high jump (4-06).
Gordon Central’s Heaven Potts also won the 100 meter dash with a time of 14.31. The Lady Warriors had three other top-three finishes.
“I was pleased that we had many personal bests for a majority of our team, and we were able to concentrate on our individual marks for the girls team,” said Gordon Central head coach John Rainwater. “The boys team is improving every day and is doing better than expected. We are excited to get to April and the region meet. We expect to have a better number going to the sectional meet this year.”
The Sonoraville Lady Phoenix had a solid day with several first-place finishes, including two each from Brynley Walraven and Riley Triplett. Walraven won the 400 meter dash (1:03.74) and the 200 meter dash (27.51), and Triplet took the top spot in the 800 meter (2:38.40) and 1600 meter (5:45.89).
Other first-place finishes for the Lady Phoenix came from Kayleigh Kelley in the 300 meter hurdles (58.13), Kendall Whitehead in the pole vault (7-06), the 4x100 meter relay team (53.83) and the 4x400 meter relay team (4:36.85). They had six other top-three finishes.
On the boys side, Sonoraville’s Tanner Hicks had a pair of first-place finishes, taking the top spot in the 400 meter dash (51.82) and the 200 meter dash (23.32). Ethan Hibberts also finished atop the long jump standings for the Phoenix with a 19-08.50. The team had seven other top-three finishes.
Calhoun will next compete on April 15 when they host the Region 7-AAAAA Preview Meet; Gordon Central is next in action on April 15 on their home track against Sonoraville, Armuchee and Murray County; and Sonoraville is scheduled to compete at Dalton on Thursday, April 8.