Veterans High’s girls and Houston County’s boys each won Houston County Track and Field Championships for 2018 during the meet held Wednesday in McConnell-Talbert Stadium.
The Lady Warhawks scored 206 points. Warner Robins was second with 155. Houston County was third with 128.50, Perry fourth with 63 and Northside fifth with 61.
The Bears put up 181 points. The Demons finished with 128, the Panthers 111, Eagles 108 and Warhawks 95.
Back to the girls, Veterans placed first in 10 of the 16 events. They dominated the track events. Amira Askew was first in the 100-meter dash. She finished with a time of 12.32 in the finals. Shaianne Sipsey was first in the 200-meter dash – Askew second. Sipsey finished with a time of 25.05 (Askew: 25.44).
Sipsey also won the 400-meter dash. She crossed the line in 57.87 – ahead of Marika Clairborne of Warner Robins (1:04.32).
Alaysha Hawkins was first in the 800-meter run. She finished it in 2:34.26, which was just ahead of her teammate, Bayli Shannon, who finished the race in 2:39.79.
Cross country star MacKenzie Walls dominated the 1600- and 3200-meter runs. She finished the first in 5:21.29 – just over 30 seconds ahead of teammate, Brynn Wilson, who crossed in 5:53.16. In the 3200, she took the finish line in 11:35.79 – again ahead of Wilson, whose time was 12:57.59.
Shanena Sipsey won the 100-meter hurdles. Her time in it was 16.97. She also helped the Lady Warhawks’ “A” team – as did Shaianne – win the 4X100-meter relay. They finished it in 48.82. Askew was also part of that team as was Tiara Reynolds.
Shaianne, Askew, Hawkins and Alexis Whitley propelled Veterans to a win in the 4X100-meter relays as well. Their time in it was 4:17.94.
Finally, in the field events, Shaianne won the triple jump with a distance of 38-07.00.
The Demonettes won four events – one in track and three in the field.
Mekiay Bateman won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 49.28 – edging out Shanena, who crossed in 49.85.
Thomaya Brown won the high jump with a leap of 4-08.00. Veterans’ Jayla Steger also jumped that high, but was edged out in the tiebreaker.
Finally, Zaida won the shot put with a throw of 36-11.50 and A’Dora Pace the discus with a throw of 104-06.
Houston County’s claim to fame – first-place finish-wise – was the pole vault. Abby Ross won that with a vault of 7-06.00.
Perry also had one first. That was in the long jump – an event Tiffany Lockhart won with a distance of 17-02.00.
For the boys, Houston County’s strength was also on the track. Six of its seven first-place finishes came there.
Antonio Doster won the 200 with a time of 22:04. He also won the 400 with a finish of 48.25.
Douglas Tyler won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:02.27 and Khalil Polk the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 41.41.
Doster and Polk also helped bolster the Bears’ 4X400 relay team that earned first. They – other team members being Javaris Michaels and Tyler Douglas – finished in 3:26.15. Kiefer Askew, Wesley Steiner, Kyah Plummer and Michaels also won the 4X100 with a time of 42.17. Steiner also won the discus with a throw of 143-01.
Warner Robins won four events – three of the four in field events. Tyrell Bailey won the triple jump (45-10.50), J’Heim Abron the long jump (21-10.00) and Jacoby Owen the high jump (6-02.00).
Also, Devontae Glass won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.12.
Perry and Veterans each won two events.
For the Panthers, Davion Ross won the 100-meter run in 10.84 and Bryan Story took the 3200 in 10:53.60.
For the Warhawks, Aamiri Ducksworth captured the 1600 with a time of 4:55.01 and Andrew Sant the pole vault with a height of 11-00.00.
Finally, the Eagles’ Braxton Golden won the shot put with a distance of 50-03.