COVINGTON -- Malik Franklin did a lot to make the Newton boys track team a contender this season, winning an event in the Class AAAAAA state championship and placing him on top of the All-Citizen Boys Track team.
After a performance that was well below his capabilities in the long jump at the state meet, Franklin came back to win the triple jump with a distance of 47 feet, 1.5 inches.
His long jump of 22-07 was good enough to win the Region 2-AAAAAA meet. He was also a member of the fastest 4x400 team, taking the top spot with a time of 3 minutes, 23.26 seconds at the state meet.
Distance running was also a strong suit for Alex Grady, whose name also made the All-Citizen team three times. Grady won the Class AAAAAA B-Sectional in the 1,600 with a time of 4:31.18 and he won region with a time of 4:29.17. But he saved his best time for the state meet, crossing the finish line in 4:21.84.
Saving his best for last was a trend Grady continued in the 3,200 as well. After winning region with a time of 10:03.00, he shaved off almost 30 seconds at state with a time of 9:33.94.
Just like Franklin, Grady was a member of the 4x400 team along with Shemar Rannie and Duronte Carter.
Making the All-Citizen Boys Track team from Newton is Kameron Wallace who, along with Heritage's Alec Schuessler, cleared 9-6 on the pole vault.
Several athletes also made an appearance, representing the All-Citizen team in two events.
Heritage's Myles Hunter not only dominated the local competition in the hurdles, he did so on the state level as well. Myles won the state meet with a time of 14.71 seconds even though that was not his best time. In the state preliminary race, he had a time of 14.62 while winning the Region 8-AAAAA meet in 14.63. He also had the fastest time in the Class AAAAA B-Sectional with a finish of 14.47 seconds.
Although Myles came in fourth in the state meet with a time of 39.14 seconds, his fastest time came in the preliminaries, where he ran it in 38.49.
Rockdale's Robert McCray proved that he had the strength, being the top discus and shot put thrower in the area. At the Region 2-AAAAAA meet, McCray hurled the discus 148-10, surpassing his nearest local competitor by 32 feet. At the state meet, McCray crushed his 48-9 shot put throw at region with a distance of 50-0.75.
Finishing the 4x100 run in the fastest time of 43,03 was the Rockdale team consisting of Alonzo Allen, Marc Griffiths, Mario Smith and Malik Dawkins.
Also having their name twice on the list is Alcovy's Khorvon Nelson. In the 400-meter run, Nelson had a time of 48.47 at the Region 2-AAAAAA meet while getting the fastest time in the 200 with a time of 22.22 seconds.
Heritage's C.J. Stone is the best local runner in the 100 with a time of 11.26 with Eastside's Landon Moore running the 800 in the Class AAAA B-Sectional in 2:00.37. Clearing the bar on the high jump with a height of 6-4 to complete the team was Eastside's Derrick Jackson.