Southland’s Shattles takes first at state track meet; teams take 6th, 8th places

Published 12:45 pm Saturday, May 6, 2017

ALBANY – The Southland Academy Raiders and Lady Raiders track teams headed to Albany on April 27-29 to participate in the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) state track tournament at Hugh Mills Stadium. The Raiders finished in sixth place overall in a pool of 15 schools competing. Deerfield-Windsor and Trinity Christian-Dublin tied for first place at the tournament.
The Southland girls tied for eighth place at the tournament with Atlanta Girls School. 20 female teams participated in the meet. Deerfield-Windsor took first-place team honors at the meet.
The Raiders had one team member, Brody Shattles, earn a first-place award at the state meet in the pole vault event with a leap that cleared 12 feet. Southland’s Stephen Taggart took runner-up honors in the shot-put event with a throw spanning 46’10.25”.
The Raiders’ 4×400-meter relay team of Billy Calcutt, Morgan Youngdale, Luke Law, and Townsend Ray finished in fourth place with a time of 3:40. Stephen Turton won fifth place in the discus throw with a toss spanning 127’10”.
Logan Morris took sixth place in the pole vault, clearing 10’6” in his leap. Calcutt came in sixth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.97 seconds and Ray won seventh place in the 100-meter dash event with a time of 11.53.
Bennett Carey took seventh in the 110-meter hurdles and the 4×100 relay team of Calcutt, Ray, Josh McKie, and Alex Roach took eighth place with a time of 46.51.
For the Lady Radiers, Sydney Payne took third place in the high jump event, clearing 4’10” in her leap. The Lady Raiders’ 4×400-meter relay team of Alex Exum, Lili Dickens, Calyn Fort, and Ryliegh Bell took fourth place in their event with a time of 4:25.25. Exum also earned a fourth-place finish in the pole vault with a jump that cleared seven feet.
Bell came in fourth in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:27 and 5earned a fifth-place finish in 1600-meter race with a time of 5:35.
Kaitlyn Smith took sixth place in the discus throw by hurling the projectile 90’2”.