The Banks County High School track and field team traveled to White County last Saturday to compete with five area schools in the Mt. Yonah Invitational.
Despite the poor weather conditions, multiple Banks County athletes put up solid performances. Thirteen Leopards earned a top-three finish in their respective events.
Makayla Hewell set a new school record in the girls’ 3200-meter run after posting a first-place time of 11:42.16. Hewell also placed second in the girls’ 1600-meter run (5:42.65). Carli Broome took second in the girls’ 400-meter run (1:04.77) and 800-meter run (2:37.37). Anna Tuggle finished second in the girls’ shot put (30-02), while Abby Free placed third in the girls’ discus event (76-00).
Andrew Elliot took the gold in both the boys’ 1600-meter run (4:47.52) and 800-meter run (2:06.70). Will Ledford finished first in the boys’ long jump event with a leap of (20-05.5). Ledford finished third in the boys’ 100-meter run (11.7). Jose Diaz finished second in the boys’ 3200-meter run, while Zack Walker took second in the boys’ long jump (19-06.5). Jonathan Dempsey finished third in both the boys’ shot put (38-08) and discus throw (107-03).
Both the Banks County boys’ relay teams earned third-place finishes, while the girls’ 4x400-meter relay team finished second.
The Banks County boys’ team finished fourth overall with a total of 93 points, while the Lady Leopards finished third (126.5 points).
Leopard head coach Josh Shoemaker pointed out that between the boys’ and girls’ teams, Banks County athletes have already broken nine school records this year.
“Our teams are competing well right now and are looking forward to the rest of the schedule,” said Shoemaker.
Banks County will travel to Rabun County for a meet on Thursday.