Eastside girls, Alcovy boys take lead in county track championship

COVINGTON -- The Eastside girls and the Alcovy boys track teams head into the field events portion of the Newton County Track and Field Championship with double- digit leads after completing track events on Wednesday at Alcovy.

The Eastside girls and the Alcovy boys each had five wins. Eastside led the girls with 48 points with the Alcovy earning 50 points.

"I don't count points," Eastside head coach Frankey Iverson said. "I just let them fall how they do."

Trailing Eastside on the girls side are Newton, with three wins and 34 points, and Alcovy, which had two wins and 24 points.

On the boys side, Newton trailed Alcovy by 12 points with 38 points and four wins. Eastside closed the boys side with one win and 24 points.

The Alcovy boys got their first win in the 4x100 relay team (42.74 seconds). Also collecting wins for Alcovy boys were J'Kari Calixte (110 hurdles -- 15.55 and 300 hurdles -- 40.73), Damontae Ivey (800 -- 2:04.60), Robert Harvey (200 -- 22.56) and the 4x400 relay team (3:30.52),

"I thought they had a good performance. The boys ran very well, I was very proud of them. Damontae Ivey stepped out here, he had been hurt, and did a great job. The relay team looked good and our 200 kids looked good," said Alcovy head coach Joe Mobley. "If we have a good performance on the field event we'll do good."

Winning for the Newton boys were the 4x800 relay team (8:54.37), Alex Grady (1,600 -- 4:52.44 and 3,200 -- 10:37.55), Malik Franklin (400 -- 51.68) with Dante Blackmon getting Eastside's only win in the 100-meter in 11.09 seconds,

Getting the wins for the Eastside girls were the 4x100 relay team (49.52), Brianna Thornton (1,600 -- 6:46.53), Dallas Worthy (400 -- 58.15,), Deanna Gayle (800 -- 2:35.91), Tamara Warren (300-hurdles -- 49.56) and the 4x400 relay team (4:02.42).

Newton's three wins for the girls came from the 4x800 team (11:41.93), Makayla Jackson (100-hurdles -- 16.36) and Cicely Ing (3,200 -- 15:19.90).

Alcovy's two girls wins were by Tyla Moore (200 -- 26.41) and Ashley Williams (100 -- 12.35).

"I thought Ashley Williams had a great night. She's only been out here for two days having just finished basketball," said Mobley. "Two other girls to mention are Alexis Emmanuel, one of our captains, she was in four events and did an outstanding job. Brianna Archer, who did a good job as well, also competed in four events. She anchored the team a little bit."

The track teams will be back in competition in the field events today at 4:30 p.m. at Alcovy.