The Jefferson High School girls’ track and field team won the region 8-AA championship Saturday, outperforming their competitors and qualifying numerous athletes in individual events and relay teams for the Class AA sectional meet.
The sectional meet is at Greater Atlanta Christian Saturday and the outcomes determine who qualifies for the GHSA state track and field girls’ finals May 9-11 in Albany.
“On the strength of great team depth and a collective show of pure determination, the boys and girls track teams both secured the region 8-AA championship,” said coach Tim Corbett.
For Jefferson’s girls’ team, three athletes and one of the relay teams relays took first place in their events. Camille Porter won the 800-meter race (2:32.86), Reese Bowles (12:48.11) won the 3200 and Abby Carson topped the pole vault event (7-6). The 4-by-400 relay team of Jaclyn Coleman, Savannah Dale, Porter and Madison Dills won first place with their finals time of 4:16.92.
Finishing second and also qualifying were Madison Dills (1:01.82) in the 400; Reese Bowles (5:50.37) in the 1600; Morgan Mitchell (13:25.33) in the 3200; Blaine Townsend (51.48) in the 300 hurdles; Mackenzie Wells (4-10) in the high jump; and Jaclyn Coleman (15-7.25) in the long jump.
JHS’ other qualifying athletes and their events were: Coleman, fourth in the 100-meter event (13.57); Maggie Newman, who finished third in the shot put (29-09), and fourth in the discus (100-02); Callie Jackson, third in the shot put (30-09); Dale, fourth in the 400 (1:04.32); and Chandler Bragg, third in the 800 (2:38.97); Mitchell in the 1600 (5:53.99); Abby Carson (17.99) in the 100 hurdles; the 4-by-100 relay team, of Wells, Dills, Dale, Coleman and Rachel Meek.
Overall, the JHS girls team (170.5) finished ahead of Washington-Wilkes 115, Greene Co. 110, Rabun Co. 95.5, Oglethorpe Co. 64 and Social Circle 43, with every athlete contributing to the points total, Corbett said.
“On the strength of great team depth and a collective show of pure determination, the boys and girls track teams both secured the Region 8AA Championship,” said coach Tim Corbett. “Both the girls and boys scored in all events and together qualified for over 30 individual positions and five relay teams at next week’s sectional meet.”
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