LOGANVILLE - Eastside's Dominique Hubert and Heritage's Mikel Hunter earned berths to the Class AAAA state track meet and won Region 8-AAAA titles Friday at Red Devil Stadium.
Hubert won the long jump with a distance of 23 feet, 43/4 inches while Hunter prevailed in the high jump with an effort of 6 feet, 4 inches.
"The real significant thing is that with three athletes all clearing 6-4, it's about clearing on your first opportunity," Heritage coach Scott Wade said. "That's something that Mikel's always been good at, doing the right thing the first time every time."
Also heading to state with second-place finishes are Heritage's Shuaib Winters (1,600-meter run, 4 minutes, 41.26 seconds) and Morgan Tabb (pole vault, 12 feet, 6 inches), Eastside's Jordan Ritchey (shot put, 48 feet, 81/4 inches) and Rockdale's Lavon Allen (long jump, 22 feet, 103/4 inches and triple jump, 46 feet, 51/2 inches).
"I think the kids are really looking forward to competing here today because this is our last year in 4A. Everything is coming out the way they planned it," Eastside coach Frankey Iverson said.
In team scoring, Cedar Shoals currently sits on top with 42 points followed by Heritage (37), Eastside (36), Dacula (26) and Rockdale (23).
"I'm waiting for everything to pan out, I'm not worried about the score. I'm more worried about the kids having personal records and the kids getting better," Iverson said. "That's all our coaches are rooting for."
Alcovy is in 10th place with six points with Salem in 11th with two.
Scoring points for Heritage were Travis Wynne with a third in the shot put (45 feet, 8 inches), Jake Hudson with a fourth in the 1,600 (4 minutes, 43.67 seconds) and Hunter with a sixth in the long jump (20 feet, 51/4 inches).
"We're actually doing really good. After the field events last year we only had five points. So we're much better in that regard," Wade said. "Across the board, most of our guys are having best or season best performances."
Eastside had points earned by Anderico Bailey with a fourth in the high jump (6 feet, 2 inches), Jamario Parks with a third in the long jump (22 feet, 33/4 inches) and a fifth in the triple jump (43 feet, 2 inches) and Karl Williams with a third in the discus (133 feet, 5 inches).
Rockdale's points came from Xavier Mollette with a fourth in the shot put (44 feet, 111/2 inches) and a fifth in the discus (131 feet, 41/2 inches), while Jonathon Sanford placed sixth in the triple jump (43 feet, 11/2 inches).
Gary Wilkins earned Alcovy's points with a high jump of 6 feet, 4 inches for third place, while Salem's two points coming from a fifth by Tyler Askew in the long jump 20 feet, 91/2 inches.
On Monday, the track finals will begin at 4:30 p.m. with Heritage placing 10 participants in the events. Trailing Heritage are Eastside with eight, Alcovy with six, Salem with two and Rockdale with one.
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