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Local runners claim 17 region champions

There was no doubt who was the best boys track team in Region 2-AAAAAA after Rockdale won the region championship by 35-point margin at Twelve Oaks Stadium on Wednesday.

Rockdale scored 161 points to win region with Newton coming in second with 126 points. Alcovy finished a distant seven with 41 points.

The Newton girls were also in the runner-up position with 106 points as Luella crushed the competition with 182 points. The Rockdale girls came in third overall with 91 points while the Alcovy team, with 64 points, came in sixth.

Rockdale’s Lawrence Crawford had the top spot in the 100 with a time of 10.96 seconds. He had a runner-up finish in the 200 finishing the dash in 21.60 seconds. Teammate Quawesi Mintah came in third in the 100 with a time of 11.38.

Dax Willette and Jhinri Greer took two first-place finishes with Willette showing his endurance winning the 1,600 (4:39.89) and the 3,600 (10:08.21) while Greer won the 110-hurdles (14.47) and the 300-hurdles (39.08).

Malik Dawkins had a first and second place finish winning the 800 (1:57.38) while placing in the 400 (49.76).

The team of Alonzo Allen, Crawford, Dawkins and Greer combined their running ability to win the 4x400 relay with a winning time of 3:21.22.

The Newton boys had a couple of runner-up finishes and six third place finishes with Shemar Rannie coming in second in the 800 (1:57.56) while Aziriah Foster took second in the 110-hurdles (40.08). Coming in behind Foster in the 300-hurdles was Jamal Ridgel who crossed the line in 40.99.

Rannie took third in the 400 (49.77) with Kameron Wallace coming in third in the 1,600 (4:48.93). Foster also had a third place finish in the 110-hurdles (15.16).

Both relay team came in third place twice running the 4x100 in 43.69 and the 4x400 in 3:23.57.

Running the 4x100 were Ridgel, Toyous Avery, Malik Franklin and Artice Hobbs. Getting the third best time in the 4x400 were the team on Franklin, Wallace, Hobbs and Rannie.

The Rockdale girls had three first place finishes with Alcovy taking the top spot once. Winning it all for Rockdale were Candace Hill who won the 200 (23.67) and Antwonwtte Thomas with a winning time of 2:25.67 in the 800. Their other first-place finish was the 4x100 relay team (48.22). Running for the Rockdale team were Hill, Kyandi Lattimer, Reyna McFadden and Thomas.

Coming in second with a time of 4:03.33 was the 4x400 relay team consisting of Hill, Lattimer. McFadden and Thomas.

Also taking a spot atop the podium was Alcovy’s Ayanna Martin finishing the 100-hurdles in 17.63 seconds. Alcovy’s Serema Sawyer took second in the high jump clearing the bar at four-feet, two inches.

Newton had four second place finishes by Brianna Hayden in the 200 (25.35) and the 400 (58.07).

Also coming in second was Majya Newton in the 800 (2:31.15) and the 4x100 relay team (49.14). Running the relay were Rachael Brown, Ciara Bryan, Hayden and Shay Lawrence.

Brown, Desire Griffin, Hayden and Deandra Mckenzie combined their skills to come in third in the 4x400 with a time 4:10.42.

8-AAAA

The Eastside boys came in first place a couple of times while finishing in second twice in third three other times for a second place team finish in the Region 8-AAAA Championship at Monroe Area High School on Wednesday.

Eastside had 119 points for second with Lanier taking the top team with 123 points for the boys.

Not even four first place finishes were enough to propel the Eastside girls to the status of region champions as they finished third with 77 points. The Lanier girls, just like the boys, also took the region championship earning 162 points.

Landon Moore won the 800 (2:16.64) for the boys with Daniel Oduah coming in second in the 400 (51.97), Eric Stokes came in the third in the 100 (11.36) as did Jamal Hardge in the 200 (23.46).

Eastside had a first and third place finish in the 4x400 relay race and came in second in the 4x100.

Winning the 4x400 (3:24.43) were Hardge, Stokes, Moore and Oduah with Jomandi Smith, Stokes, Ayende Ibere and Hardge running the 4x100 (42.75). Taking third in the 4x400 (3:41.36) were Caleb Quick, Cortney Holmes, Anthony Henderson and Kyle Miller.