Girls track teams off to state

COVINGTON -- Eastside's and Rockdale's girls track teams will lead the way of local teams as they head to the 2012 Girls Track and Field State Championships starting on Thursday in Albany.

The two schools will compete in seven events each with Heritage competing in four followed by Alcovy in three and Salem in one.

Eastside's girls took the most top spots with three followed by one by Rockdale.

Winning their events in the Class AAA West Sectional for Eastside were Nylah Chavis (high jump -- 5-feet, 6-inches), Dallas Worthy (400-meter -- 56.91 seconds) and the 4x400 relay team with a time of 3:55.06. Running for Eastside were Dormecia Gilbert, Worthy, Zaria Barton and Deanna Gayle with Taylor Jeves and Tyrin Turner also on the team.

Also competing for the Eastside team individually are Gayle (800), Alexia Sommerset (discus and shot put), and the 4x100 relay team. On the 4x100 team are Charlene Anderson, Worthy, Gilbert, Corin Stokes, Gayle and Tamara Warren.

Rockdale's Rachel Cuffy won the Class AAAA East Sectional in the 200 with a time of 24.61. Cuffy is also participating in the 100 and the long jump where she took the runner-up position. She ran the 100 in 12 seconds while jumping a distance of 18-11.25.

Representing Rockdale are Kree Clark (discus and shot put), Chazia Woolcock (100-hurdles) and Chasin Gladdis, Mahalia Paul, Woolcock, Cuffy and India Davis in the 4x100.

Heritage is competing in the 4x100 with Jazz Daniel, Alayna Famble, Valencia Williams, Mya Robinson, Deisa Robinson and Kiarc Akporido running for the team.

Famble will run in the 400 with Akporido running the 100-hurdles and Williams participating in the 300-hurdles.

Joining Akporido in the 100-hurdles is Salem's only athlete, Morgan Hubbard.

Running for Alcovy in the 4x400 are Alexis Emanuel, D'Lexus Harvey, Ashley Williams, Briana Archer, Ayanna Martin and Laniece Dennis.

Emanuel and Ashley Williams will also be competing individually. Emanuel will run the 800 and Williams in the 200.

Unfortunately, the Newton girls track team failed to qualify anyone in the Class AAAAA West Sectional.

In the sectional, the top eight finishers qualified to advance to Albany.