Crawford leads Bulldogs track and field to high finish

Rockdale’s boys track and field team capped another memorable season with a top-five finish at the Class AAAAAA state meet last weekend at Jefferson High School.

Lawrence Crawford led the way, winning the state championship in the 200-meters with a time of 21.23, and adding a runner-up finish in the 100-meters (10.63). Rockdale finished just one-half point behind third-place Westlake in the team standings.

It’s a monumental leap in one year for the Conyers school, which placed 37th a year ago, and Crawford had some company atop the leaderboards. Robert McCray was the runner-up in the shot put a year after finishing sixth. McCray, who ealier this year signed a football scholarship with the Indiana University, had a throw of 56-08.75, bettering his 2013 toss of 50-00.75.

Jhibri Greer added a fifth-place finish in the 110-hurdles (14.34) for Rockdale.

Eastside just missed a top-five finish in Class AAAA, thanks to Daniel Oduah capturing the high jump championship with a 6-06 jump. Oduah, who was also fifth in the 400 meters at 49.67, joined Jamal Hardge, Eric Stokes and Landon Moore on the runner-up 1600-relay team (3:17.58) helping the Eagles to sixth place.

Moore also picked up a fifth-place medal in the 800 meters (1:57.72).

For the second straight season, Malik Franklin led Newton, this time to a tie for 15th in Class AAAAAA. Franklin came up just short in his state title defense in the triple jump, but picked up a third-place finish last weekend with a 48-02.50 jump.

Dayo Akindele polished off a fine season with a pair of runner-up finishes in the long jump (22-10) and triple jump (46-04), helping Heritage place 10th in Class AAAAA. Akindele added a fifth-place medal in the 110-hurdles (15.11).

Salem’s Quintis Maddox was second in the discus (162-06) and the Seminoles placed 25th as a team.