Pats, Lady Rams win Citizen Challenge
Heritage boys claim third title in four years, Newton girls repeat

COVINGTON - The Heritage boys and the Newton girls claimed the team trophies on the final day of the Citizen Challenge on Tuesday at Newton High School.

The Patriots had a 22-point lead after the first day and only won one event during Tuesday's track finals, but it was enough to finish 16 points in front of defending champion Eastside. The Heritage boys tallied 150 points to claim the championship for the third time in the event's four years of existence.

The Lady Rams also built a sizeable lead on the first day - 34 points - and won only a pair of events on the track, but they claimed their second straight championship in the event by 181/2 points over second-place Alcovy. The Newton girls finished with 138 points.

On the boys side, senior distance-running standout Shuaib Winters provided the only victory for Heritage, claiming the 1,600-meter run in 4 minutes, 45.52 seconds.

Eastside closed the gap on Heritage by winning six events, which included a pair of victories from Dominique Hubert and Teddrick Rufus. Hubert won the 100-meter dash (10.86 seconds) and the 200-meter dash (21.98 seconds), while Rufus prevailed in the 110-meter high hurdles (15.80) and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (42.60).

Charlie Jones added a victory for the Eagles in the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 1.07 seconds. The Eastside relay team of Greg Davis, Hubert, Karl Williams and Jamario Parks also claimed the 400-meter relay with a time of 42.70 seconds.

Rockdale's Lavon Allen won the 400-meter dash in 49.59, while the Newton relay team of Devon Copeland, Omar Crawley, Charlie Jones and Regan Marks won the night's final event - the 1600-meter relay - in 3 minutes, 28.42 seconds.

In the boys team standings, Eastside was second at 134, followed by Newton (118), Rockdale (47), Alcovy (40) and Salem (34).

In the girls meet, Newton's Shay Marks won her third individual event by prevailing in the 100-meter dash in 12.35 seconds. She also ran the anchor leg on the Lady Rams' 400-meter relay team, which prevailed in 50.28. The other members of the relay team were Alia Griffith, Crystal Gee and Danielle Manning.

Heritage's Miauna Jones recorded a sweep in the hurdles events, prevailing in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.54 seconds and claiming the 300-meter low hurdles in 49.73 seconds.

Jada Fambrough recorded the Lady Patriots' other victory in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5 minutes, 49.15 seconds.

Eastside claimed two individual victories and a relay victory. Whitney Martin won the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 30.23 seconds, while Asia Palmer took the 400-meter dash in 1 minute, 00.24 seconds. Martin and Palmer both ran legs on the Lady Eagles' 1600-meter relay team, which won in 4 minutes, 33.03 seconds.

Alcovy, which finished second with 119.5 points, posted only one victory on the track - Tahapenes Outlaw in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.24 seconds. She nipped teammate Natasha Jackson by .01 of a second.

For more coverage of the Citizen Challenge and complete results, see Thursday's edition of the Citizen.

Jeff Gillespie can be reached at jeff.gillespie@rockdalecitizen.com.