Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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May 15, 2014

Wildcats place third at state track meet, Collins claims second straight state title for Lady ‘Cats

JEFFERSON — Schley County’s boy’s track team competed at the GHSA Class A Public State Championship Track Meet last week, and with a strong performance the ‘Cats brought home a third place finish in the state. Led by a 1-2 sweep in the discus throw, Schley County scored 49 place to collect home the top three finish with just eight participants.

The previous week, Schley County also had one participant in the GHSA Girl’s Class A Public State Championship Meet at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany. Haley Collins, who is also a standout on the softball diamond in the fall for the Lady ‘Cats, was hoping to defend her 2013 state championship in the 800 meter run.

Thanks to a blazing performance, Collins completed the run in just 2:28.97, blistering her closest competition by nearly five seconds. Collins’ time was good enough to leave second place finisher, Greenville’s Jaelin Pollard, in the dust as she easily claimed her second straight state title. Just a junior, Collins has the rare ability to pull off a three-peat if she can hold off the competition at next season’s state meet.

With an individual state champion already in the books in the girl’s meet, Schley’s boys traveled to Memorial Stadium in Jefferson for the May 8-10 boy’s competition. The Wildcats had eight competitors, and with six earning points for the team they collected 49 total points to finish the meet with a third place trophy.

There was no doubt what event was the highlight of the meet for the Wildcats. In the discus throw, Isaiah Captain led the field with a monstrous toss of 138-03 to win the event by more than eight feet. The only participant to threaten Captain’s championship toss was fellow Wildcat Kapris Battle, who sent the discus 132-00 to claim second place. With Captain and Battle claiming first and second in the discus throw, the Wildcats were off to a great start in the championship meet.

Captain wasn’t done showing out in the meet just yet though. In the shot put, the Wildcat junior sent his throw 46 feet, 11 inches to narrowly miss his second individual state title. Although he did not get to stand at the top of the podium, Captain’s throw was still good enough to earn a silver medal and a state runner-up finish.

The next highest placer for Schley County was Dominic Morgan, who sprinted his 400 meter run in 52.01 to finish third. Tra Minter also placed in three events, finishing fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 42-10.75, fifth in the long jump with a distance of 21-02.50, and sixth in the 4x400 meter relay with teammates Kyle Moore, Kenjavis Poole, and Morgan with a time of 3:38.47.

Moore added a fifth place finish in the state in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:12.44, and Morgan brought home eighth place in the 200 meter run with a time of 23.96. Bryce Crosby also finished ninth in the 1600 meter run in 5:12.19, and Blake Murrah rounded out the Wildcat placers with a 14th place performance in the 3200 meter run.


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