For the last part of the season, they battled.

The LaFayette Ramblers took the Gordon Lee Invitational by just five points over Heritage back on April 16, and the Generals scored a 21-point win over runner-up LaFayette at the Lakeview Invitational just eight days later.

The third and final matchup between the NGAC's two track heavyweights played out at LFO High School on Tuesday and Wednesday and it was everything fans could hope for. But in the end, there could only be one winner, and that winner wasn't decided until the very last race of the season.

The Heritage Generals, leading by just 2.5 points going into the 4x400 relay, needed to finish no lower than second against the favored Ramblers in the race to secure the league title.

And that's exactly what they did.

The Generals' countered LaFayette's 10-point win in the event with an eight-point runner-up finish and won the NGAC championship by a mere half-point, 106-105.5.

Heritage had taken a sizeable lead after the field events on Tuesday. The Generals' 51 points were 13.5 better than second-place Gordon Lee (37.5) and 23 better than LaFayette, who ended Day 1 with 28 points.

However, the Ramblers would start to make up ground on the track on Day 2, winning five events. Khalas Finley picked up two wins, one in the 200 (24.47) and the other in the 100 hurdles (15.50), while Daeshaun Goad raced to victory in the 100 (11.90). They also earned 10 points for a win in the 4x100 (48.54).

Heritage would punch back with wins by Will Riddell in the 400 and in the 800. His time of 58.00 in the 400 nipped Chattanooga Valley's Jayvius Randolph by just 0.67, and his 2:25 in the 800 beat teammate Jacob Palmer by three seconds. Palmer would take the 1600 with a time of 5:40 for 10 more important points.

It would all boil down to the 4x400 and while LaFayette's time of 3:52 was good enough for an easy 14-second victory, runner-up Heritage (4:06) finished 10 seconds in front of Chattanooga Valley to earn the eight points it needed to win the championship.

Gordon Lee (75.5) was third in the final team standings, followed by Chattanooga Valley (59.5), Rossville (58), Ringgold (44), Saddle Ridge (12) and Lakeview (10.5).

There wasn't as much drama in the final night of the girls' meet.

Heritage, who won three of the four field events on Tuesday and led Ringgold by 7.5 points after the first night, won three more events on Wednesday and added two more runner-up finishes to end the meet with 124.5 points. The Lady Tigers, who did not win any events on Day 2, collected 98 points and took home the runner-up trophy.

Chattanooga Valley, who won three events on Wednesday, amassed 73 points and overtook Lakeview (68.5) for third place. Gordon Lee (55) was fifth, while the rest of the standings were filled out by LaFayette (35), Rossville (7) and Saddle Ridge (6).

Lexi Berry clocked in at 1:07.17 to win the 400 for the Lady Generals. Piper Collins claimed victory in the 1600 with a time of 6:17, while the 4x400 relay team was dominant with a winning time of 4:45.

Amiya Smith won two events for Chattanooga Valley, sweeping the 100 (13.09) and the 200 (27.69). The Lady Eagles also set a new school record during their 4x100 relay win (54.46).

The other two wins on Wednesday came from Lakeview's Marissa Moreland, who won both the 800 (2:49) and the 100 hurdles (17.24).

Field event winners

Caiden Lowrey got a Day 1 victory for the Heritage boys in the shot put (34-9). LaFayette won twice on Tuesday as Finley won the high jump (5-6) and Goad took top honors in the long jump (18-1.5). The other win was recorded by Gordon Lee's Griffin Moore in the discus (95-8.5).

Lindsey Gibson had a Tuesday to remember for Heritage as she swept the shot put (27-2.5) and the discus (71-6.5). Berry, also enjoyed a big moment as her victory in the high jump (5-2) broke a school record that had stood for 11 years. Smith won the long jump (14-9) for Chattanooga Valley, the first of her three wins during the meet.

Final placements for the Girls' 2021 NGAC Track and Field Championships - April 27-28, LFO High School

Girls 100 Meter Dash

1 Amiya Smith (Chatt. Valley) 13.09

2 Liberty Griffin (LaFayette) 13.53

3 Jamiah Lewis (Chatt. Valley) 13.55

4 Marley Stone (Gordon Lee) 13.61

5 Bree Wilson (Heritage) 13.86

6 Hannah Phillips (LaFayette) 14.39

Girls 200 Meter Dash

1 Amiya Smith (Chatt. Valley) 27.69

2 Jamiah Lewis (Chatt. Valley) 28.93

3 Hannah Phillips (LaFayette) 29.53

4 Bree Wilson (Heritage) 30.02

5 Faith Kiesling (Ringgold) 30.15

6 Marley Stone (Gordon Lee) 30.17

Girls 400 Meter Dash

1 Lexi Berry (Heritage) 1:07.17

2 Faith Kiesling (Ringgold) 1:10.07

3 Danica Coleman (Ringgold) 1:11.55

4 Karly Schubert (Heritage) 1:12.16

5 Chelsey Swaney (Rossville) 1:14.27

6 Spencer Sandlin (Lakeview) 1:17.16

Girls 800 Meter Run

1 Marissa Moreland (Lakeview) 2:49

2 Piper Collins (Heritage) 2:54

3 Claire Brumfield (Ringgold) 2:56

4 Riley Pell (Lakeview) 2:59

5 Molly Ellis (Gordon Lee) 3:01

6 Rachel Brown (Heritage) 3:08

7 Cassie Ridley (Ringgold) 3:09

8 Madisyn Savedge (Gordon Lee) 3:17

Girls 1600 Meter Run

1 Piper Collins (Heritage) 6:17

2 Claire Brumfield (Ringgold) 6:24

3 Molly Ellis (Gordon Lee) 6:34

4 Rachel Brown (Heritage) 7:01

5 Georgia Mae Anderson (Chatt. Valley) 7:03

6 Sarah Helton (Saddle Ridge) 7:10

7 Spencer Sandlin (Lakeview) 7:13

8 Annabelle Grimes (Gordon Lee) 7:17

Girls 100 Meter Hurdles

1 Marissa Moreland (Lakeview) 17.24

2 Allie Logan (Ringgold) 17.29

3 Tenslee Wilson (Gordon Lee) 17.78

4 Aubrey Medrano (Lakeview) 18.17

5 Liberty Griffin (LaFayette) 18.30

6 Abigail Collison (Heritage) 18.50

7 Danica Coleman (Ringgold) 18.55

8 Karly Schubert (Heritage) 19.12

Girls 4x100 Meter Relay

1 Chatt. Valley 54.46

2 Heritage 54.74

3 Ringgold 56.56

4 LaFayette 56.73

5 Gordon Lee 57.17

6 Lakeview 57.21

7 Saddle Ridge 1:00.79

Girls 4x400 Meter Relay

1 Heritage 4:45

2 Chatt. Valley 5:00

3 Ringgold 5:02

4 Lakeview 5:05

5 Gordon Lee 5:08

6 LaFayette 5:10

7 Rossville 5:34

8 Saddle Ridge 5:48

Girls High Jump

1 Lexi Berry (Heritage) 5-2

2 Marissa Moreland (Lakeview) 4-6

3 Braylee Raby (Ringgold) 4-6

4 Mercedes Thompson (Lakeview) 4-4

4 Rachel Brown (Heritage) 4-4

6 Kylie Hunley (Gordon Lee) 4-4

7 Liberty Griffin (LaFayette) 4-2

7 Ava Carswell (Gordon Lee) 4-2

7 Kylia VanPelt (LaFayette) 4-2

Girls Long Jump

1 Amiya Smith (Chatt. Valley) 14-9

2 Tenslee Wilson (Gordon Lee) 14-3

3 Emma Stephenson (Ringgold) 13-10

4 Addi Dills (Heritage) 13-7

5 Hannah Phillips (LaFayette) 12-10

6 Braylee Raby (Ringgold) 12-7.5

7 Aubrey Medrano (Lakeview) 12-2.75

8 Zoey Fleming (Chatt. Valley) 11-6.25

Girls Shot Put

1 Lindsey Gibson (Heritage) 27-2.5

2 Brooke Baldwin (Ringgold) 27-0

3 Emma Stephenson (Ringgold) 26-3

4 Jamiah Lewis (Chatt. Valley) 26-3

5 Kaylin Schubert (Heritage) 25-5.5

6 Hannah Stocker (Gordon Lee) 25-2.25

7 Naudia Dodson (Lakeview) 25-2

8 Aysiah Rodrigez (Rossville) 23-6.5

Girls Discus Throw

1 Lindsey Gibson (Heritage) 71-6.5

2 Brooke Baldwin (Ringgold) 70-6

3 Kaylin Schubert (Heritage) 69-1

4 Kallie Branum (Ringgold) 61-4.5

5 Laney Wilson (Gordon Lee) 59-11.5

6 Naudia Dodson (Lakeview) 59-0

7 Mercedes Thompson (Lakeview) 58-5.5

8 Georgia Mae Anderson (Chatt. Valley) 56-8

Final placements for the Boys' 2021 NGAC Track and Field Championships - April 27-28, LFO High School

Boys 100 Meter Dash

1 Daeshaun Goad (LaFayette) 11.90

2 Jamarion Burks (Rossville) 12.08

3 Flint Dempsey (Chatt. Valley) 12.19

4 Tristan Toss (LaFayette) 12.24

5 Judah Smith (Ringgold) 12.37

6 Dyson Binford (Rossville), 12.65

Boys 200 Meter Dash

1 Khalas Finley (LaFayette), 24.47

2 Jamarion Burks (Rossville) 25.03

3 Tristan Toss (LaFayette) 25.15

3 Judah Smith (Ringgold) 25.15

5 Flint Dempsey (Chatt. Valley) 25.16

6 Cooper Bell (Heritage) 28.39

Boys 400 Meter Dash

1 Will Riddell (Heritage) 58.00

2 Jayvius Randolph (Chatt. Valley) 58.67

3 Nicoli Frazier (Lakeview) 1:00.86

4 Keyon Evans (Rossville) 1:01.91

5 Zach Barclay (Gordon Lee) 1:02.49

6 Cole Runion (Ringgold) 1:03.73

Boys 800 Meter Run

1 Will Riddell (Heritage) 2:25

2 Jacob Palmer (Heritage) 2:28

3 Sawyer Brown (Gordon Lee) 2:31

4 Sawyer Chrnalogar (Gordon Lee) 2:37

5 Gavin Lakin (Ringgold) 2:39

6 Tristan Hendrix (LaFayette) 2:42

7 Trevor McDowell (LaFayette) 2:44

8 Nicoli Frazier (Lakeview) 2:46

Boys 1600 Meter Run

1 Jacob Palmer (Heritage) 5:40

2 Cannon Voiles (Gordon Lee) 5:43

3 Gavin Lakin (Ringgold) 5:48

4 Cameron Ford (Rossville) 6:09

5 Trevor McDowell (LaFayette) 6:11

6 Cash Cannon (Chatt. Valley) 6:16

7 Sam Pullen (Gordon Lee) 6:21

8 Micah Smith (Saddle Ridge) 6:28

Boys 100 Meter Hurdles

1 Khalas Finley (LaFayette) 15.50

2 Daeshaun Goad (LaFayette) 15.68

3 Cole Runion (Ringgold) 16.90

4 Michael Prince (Gordon Lee) 16.91

5 Dyson Binford (Rossville) 16.98

6 Travis Faulkner (Heritage) 17.67

Boys 4x100 Meter Relay

1 LaFayette 48.54

2 Chatt. Valley 49.98

3 Rossville 50.50

4 Ringgold 52.17

5 Saddle Ridge 52.43

6 Heritage 52.45

7 Gordon Lee 53.09

8 Lakeview 55.10

Boys 4x400 Meter Relay

1 LaFayette 3:52

2 Heritage 4:06

3 Chatt. Valley 4:16

4 Rossville 4:20

5 Saddle Ridge 4:24

6 Ringgold 4:32

6 Lakeview 4:32

8 Gordon Lee 4:34

Boys High Jump

1 Khalas Finley (LaFayette) 5-6

2 Flint Dempsey (Chatt. Valley) 5-4

3 Cooper Bell (Heritage) 5-2

4 Jamarion Burks (Rossville) 5-2

5 Brayden Hobbs (Heritage) 5-0

6 Zach Barclay (Gordon Lee) 5-0

7 Sawyer Brown (Gordon Lee) 4-8

8 Jaden Defoor (Ringgold) 4-4

8 Jayvius Randolph (Chatt. Valley) 4-4

Boys Long Jump

1 Daeshaun Goad (LaFayette) 18-1.5

2 Cooper Bell (Heritage) 16-11

3 Will Riddell (Heritage) 16-2

4 Tristan Toss (LaFayette) 15-7.5

5 Aiden Russell (Chatt. Valley) 15-7

6 Judah Smith (Ringgold) 15-1

6 Logan Price (Gordon Lee) 15-1

8 Hunter Arnold (Rossville) 14-3.75

Boys Shot Put

1 Caiden Lowrey (Heritage) 34-9

2 Avery Bloodworth (Gordon Lee) 33-10

3 Lucas Redwine (Heritage) 32-6.5

4 Isaac Smith (Rossville) 31-10

5 Griffin Moore (Gordon Lee) 31-8.25

6 Dyson Binford (Rossville) 31-7.5

7 Antonio Jackson (Chatt. Valley) 31-6

8 Aiden Stone (Chatt. Valley) 29-7

Boys Discus Throw

1 Griffin Moore (Gordon Lee) 95-8.5

2 Avery Bloodworth (Gordon Lee) 94-11.5

3 Alex Grayson (Heritage) 90-4

4 Lucas Redwine (Heritage) 88-0

5 Charlie Davis (Chatt. Valley) 82-1.5

6 Charlie Hunter (LaFayette) 75-6

7 Aiden Stone (Chatt. Valley) 74-3

8 Kaleb Burris (Saddle Ridge) 73-9.5

Scott Herpst is sports editor for the Walker County Messenger in LaFayette, Ga., and Catoosa County News in Ringgold, Ga.

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