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Squads falter
Alcovy's Moody only local state qualifier

LOGANVILLE - Day 1 of the Region 8-AAAA girls track and field meet was anything but a banner day for schools from Rockdale and Newton County.

In fact, of the five schools, only Alcovy's Tiffany Moody earned a state berth after taking first place in the high jump.

Moody took the top spot with a leap of 5 feet, 4 inches. Moody also scored in the pole vault, finishing fifth with a vault of 8-0.

Alcovy had the best overall first day and led all the local schools by scoring in five events.

Shai Adams finished third in the shot put (34-4), Makiala Houseworth took fifth in the high jump (4-10) and Lisa Kossally placed fourth in the long jump (16-1) to round out the Lady Tigers' top finishers.

"They did a wonderful job. I'm very proud of them," Alcovy girls coach Cari Tester said. "They focused on the task at hand, especially our younger girls. That was the No. 1 thing."

Heritage came close in a couple events, but was not able to qualify anyone for state.

Jada Fambrough nearly made the state cut, but had to settle for third place in the 1,600-meter run. Fambrough finished in 5 minutes, 53 seconds.

Sharell Young turned in Heritage's best overall performance, scoring in two events. Young placed fourth in the high jump (5-0) and sixth in the triple jump (32-8).

Sarah Hayward also scored for the Lady Patriots, placing sixth in the 1,600 in 6:08.

Despite not qualifying anyone for state, Heritage girls coach Hal Fairbanks said he was pleased with what he saw out of his team.

"Everybody performed at or better than their personal best. They've all

continued to get better, and that was our plan," he said.

The 1,600 was the only finals track event of the day. Preliminaries and qualifying for the rest of track events continued Friday afternoon. The finals of the track events will be held on Monday.

Brandon Evans can be reached at brandon.evans @rockdalecitizen.com.