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Rockdale boys track and field captures title at New Manchester

A handful of elite-level performances helped the Rockdale boys track and field team to a championship last weekend. Lawrence Crawford and Robert McCray each won a pair of events, with one title each qualifying at the National Elite level, in leading the Bulldogs to a title at the New Manchester Invitational in Douglasville.

Crawford won both the 100 meters (10.73) and 200 meters (22.15) with the 100-meter time qualifying for national elite status. McCray was champion in the shot put (national elite distance of 52-09) and the discus throw (143-09) to help the Conyers school outlast runner-up Auburn High School 114-100.

The Bulldogs also picked up national elite-level performances from its 400-relay team and 1600-relay team, which each finished second at 41.97 and 3:22.25, respectively.

Other top-5 finishes for the boys included Malik Dawkins, who was second in the 400-meters (49.71) and third in the 800-meters (2:01.35); Keijne Thomas (shot put runner-up at 50-11); Jhibri Greer, who placed third in both the 110-hurdles (15.16) and 300-hurdles (40.67); Dax Willette (third in the 3200-meters at 10:05.04) and T.J. Warren, who finished fourth in the 400-meters (50.77). The 800-spring medley relay team ended up third at 1:37.98.

The Rockdale girls placed seventh, thanks in large part to the efforts of sprinter Candace Hill.

Hill achieved national elite status in two title-winning events, capturing gold in both the 200-meters (24.32) and the 400-meters (55.89).

Antwonette Thomas placed second in the 1600-meters at 5:33.27 and was third in the 800-meters (2:22.54). The girls’ 1600-relay team finished second at 4:01.75.