The Unity Christian boys won their first-ever track and field championship last week, claiming the 2021 Georgia Association of Private and Parochial Schools (GAPPS) Track and Field Championship in Barnesville.

The Lions scored 100 points, nine better than GAPPS runner-up Flint River Academy.

The Lady Lions earned fourth place at the state championship meet, hosted by Lamar County High School.

"I was standing at midfield on the football field and one of the athletes came up to me and said 'Hey coach, we're doing really well. Have you seen the results?' And then me being a coach in coach mode 'No I'm not looking at results right now. I'm trying to make sure you guys ... finish where you're supposed to be,'" Unity track and field head coach Bradley Moon said in a phone interview. "Then when I saw we were halfway through the meet, we were at 50 points, and then I started telling the athletes ... if they execute their event and place, then we have the chance to be a state championship. They went out there and did just that."

Andrea Creel took first overall in the 1600 Meter Run in 6:06.36. Lizzy Pardue won both the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.84 and the 800-meter run clocking in at 2:23.78.

"We have four girls on our Lady Lions team and we got fourth place," Moon said. "That is amazing in itself."

Andrea's twin sister, Gabriella, took third in the 1600 meter with a time of 6:06.58. Sophie Dubbs, an eighth grader, took sixth in the 800 Meter Run with a time of 3:05.67.

"I was telling the girls if we had another 4-5 girls, there's no doubt that we could compete for a girls state title," Moon said. "I said you're job is to get 4-5 more girls on this team so we can actually have a chance to win a state title next year."

Cooper Giddens’ triple jump was recorded at 38-11.25, while Eli Thompson ran the 100-meter dash in 11.47 seconds.

The Lions’ 4x100 meter dash team of John Nance, Eli Thompson, Caleb Thompson and Samuel Mumpower finished with a time of 44:34, breaking the GAPPS record.

"The reason that they were able to accomplish this is because they put a lot of time and effort (into it)," Moon said. "They went out there and they executed. I can't run for them; I can teach them and show them, but when you're at that championship meet, there's no more teaching. You've just got to go out there and execute what you're supposed to do."

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