5 win state track, field championships

The county’s local high schools had five of its athletes return home as best of the best at the GHSA state championships held Thursday through Saturday; with about two dozen earning the right to attend and compete.

At Carrollton High School where the Class AAAAA and AAAAAA levels were held, Houston County High’s Kyah Plummer won the triple jump. He did so with a distance of 47-04.75.

In the shot put, it was Northside High’s Braxton Golden taking first with a throw of 54-01.25 and in the discus, Wesley Steiner for the Bears won with a throw of 163-11. Golden was fifth in that event. His throw measured 157-09.

In a pair of wheelchair events, Warner Robins High’s O’Lando Hicks won in both the shot and the 200-meter dash. His throw measured 20-05.50 while his finish time in the race was 42.95.

Warner Robins High’s Madison Watts also won in the wheelchair shot. Her throw was 11-00.00 even.

Getting about as close as you can get, was Veterans High’s MacKenzie Walls. She was second in the 1600- and 3200-meter runs. She was runner up to Emoni Coleman of Miller Grove in the first of those, and second to Megan Uszynski of McIntosh in the latter.

Coleman finished in 5:03.98. Walls crossed in 5:09.62. Uszynski’s time was 11:10.24, whereas Walls was 11:18.98.

Also getting close – to at least the top three – was Houston County High’s 4X100 relay team of Kiefer Askew, Steiner, Plummer and Javaris Michaels. They were fourth in the preliminaries – unfortunately got a “DQ” in the finals.