Heritage finishes strong in bad weather
Patriots leading rain-hampered track meet

A steady rain could not dampen the spirits of the contestants or the crowd for the final day of the Citizen's Challenge track and field meet Wednesday evening at Seminole Stadium.

And when all of the contests were completed, after hours of rain and cold and only the bravest of souls remaining on the track and in the stands, it was Heritage who appeared to have the best overall performance.

The official results could not be confirmed as of late Wednesday night because of the weather and the late time of conclusion.

"We all wish the conditions had been better," Heritage coach Scott Wade said. "But you have to be very proud of those who persevered."

The veteran coach said he would know the final results early today.

The results will be affected by three teams concluding efforts prior to the end of the meet. Those teams not completing all of the events were Salem, Eastside and Newton.

Heritage had compiled a small lead over Newton after the first two days while Alcovy stood in third place. The Tigers were expected to challenge for the team title in the track portion and did pick up points when Makaila Houseworth won the girls' 300-meter hurdles with a time of 51.5 seconds. That win was not enough to offset a solid performance on the third day by Heritage.

The winning Patriots compiled points Wednesday by winning the boys 100 meters with Reginald Juin running a 10.5 and the girls' 100 meter hurdles with Kira Akporido posting a time of 16.9. Heritage also won the boys 300 meter hurdles with Kyrie Nash running a 42.4.

In the longest run of the evening, the 1,600 meters, Heritage swept both events with Jake Hudson taking the boys with a time of 4:32 and Jada Fambrough won the girls with a time of 5:42.

One of the top races held early in the evening showcased the talents of Eastside senior Charlie Jones in the boys 800 meters. He won for the second consecutive year in this meet of Rockdale and Newton county teams with an impressive 1:59.

The track season continues when Heritage travels to Parkview next Thursday.