TRACK ROUNDUP: Drew girls finish first at Drew Relays By Luke Strickland

JONESBORO — Nearly every Clayton County track and field team was in action this past weekend. The following performers finished in the top eight in their respective events, earning points toward their team’s overall total.

Drew Relays at Drew High School

The Drew Lady Titans came in first place as a team at the Drew Relays on Saturday. Drew was led by first-place finishes in the discus and shot put by Jadia Woodfork, as well as a first-place finish by Shatara Johnson in the long jump. Drew’s 4×800-meter relay team also came in first place.

Javieria Wilson placed in the discus and the shot put, while Serenity Vaughn placed in the 300-meter hurdles and the triple jump. Aniedi Nsentip (100-meter dash), Janae Marshall (1,600-meter run) and Nana Sakyi (discus) also placed individually for the Lady Titans. Drew’s 4×100, 4×200 and spring medley relay teams each finished as runner-ups.

Drew’s boys saw Denzel Carter come in first place in the high jump. Nelson Armour (discus) and Anthony Menchaca (shot put) each recorded third-place finishes, while Jordan Bolden (100-meter dash) and Jahir Wilkinson (triple jump) came in fourth place in their respective events. Lloyd Wheeler (long jump) and Hizine Matthews (discus) also placed individually for the Titans. In relays, the sprint medley team came in second, while the 4×100-, 4×400- and 800-meter sprint medley teams all placed.

The Lovejoy Wildcats came in second as a team in boys competition. Jamil Lloyd led the way for the Wildcats with a first-place finish in the long jump. Mitchell Morand, Justin Ferguson and Allen Mbah came in second in their respective events with the latter finishing third in a separate event. Malik Astin placed in the discus and the shot put, while Tremond Shorts and Jonathan Mosley also placed in the shot put and high jump, respectively.

The Wildcats got another gold medal from the sprint medley relay team and two silver medals from the 4×100- and 4×400-meter relay teams. The 4×800-meter relay team also placed.

The Lady Wildcats enjoyed first-place finishes from Imani Clark in the 100-meter dash and Courtnee Robinson in the 100-meter hurdles. Robinson also came in third in the 300-meter hurdles. Lovejoy’s 4×100- and 4×400-meter relay teams each finished in third place.

The Forest Park Lady Panthers were buoyed by Stephanie Escobar’s first-place time in the 1,600-meter run. Sarah Matthews added a gold medal in the triple jump and a silver medal in the long jump. Maya Vasta finished second in the high jump and placed in the 300-meter hurdles. Jessica Gonzalez (1,600-meter run), Mylud Avril (100-meter hurdles) and Dez Thomas (long jump) also placed individually for the Lady Panthers.

Four relay teams placed for the Lady Panthers as well, including first-place squads in the sprint medley relay and the distance medley relay.

In boys action, Forest Park got a first-place performance from Tommie Moore in the shot put. Joel Salgado (second), Jesus Milan (fourth) and Jesus Martinez (sixth) each placed in the 1,600-meter run, while Montavious Ramble (300-meter hurdles) and Michael Evans (discus) placed individually in their events.

Forest Park’s 4×100-meter, 800-meter sprint medley, sprint medley and distance medley relay teams all placed.

The North Clayton Eagles saw five individuals place in Jaiquan Earls (100-meter dash), Tyliek Pitts (1,600-meter run), Zion Mackey (300-meter hurdles), Michael Jatta (discus) and Jaylen Smith (shot put). The 800-meter sprint medley and sprint medley relay teams also placed.

The Lady Eagles were led by Kimoni Dixon’s second-place finish in the 1,600-meter run. Tyanna Gibbs placed in the discus and shot put, while the 800-meter sprint medley and sprint medley relay teams also placed.

Patriots Early Bird Invitational at Heritage High School

Two county programs traveled to Conyers to compete in Saturday’s Patriots Early Bird Invitational at Heritage High School.

The Riverdale Lady Raiders got another first-place performance from Runeshia Williams in the shot put. She also finished second in the discus. The 4×100-meter relay team also earned a gold medal.

Cynthia Madison placed in both the triple jump and the 300-meter hurdles. Tamia Hawkins (100-meter hurdles), Precious Austin (200-meter dash), Arniece Allen (100-meter hurdles) and the 4×400-meter relay team also placed for Riverdale

Riverdale’s boys program was led by a second-place finish from the 4×400-meter relay team. Xavier Allen placed in the 300-meter hurdles and the pole vault, while Marquett Edwards (200-meter dash), Chiekh Kamara (high jump), Lykeam Samuel (long jump) and Dontavious Collins (pole vault) each placed in their respective events.

Mount Zion also competed in the event. Jasmine Brown and Kyra Watts came in second place in the pole vault and high jump, respectively. Watts also placed in the triple jump. Jamarah Smith (100-meter hurdles) and Deana Watson (long jump) also earned points for the Lady Bulldogs.

The boys program was led by a third-place finish in the triple jump by Justin Onuigbo. Sedrick Plegm (discus) and Tyree Leonard (shot put) came in fourth place in their respective events. Laron Taylor (100-meter dash), Tremond Hatten (pole vault) and the 4×100-meter relay team also earned points for the Bulldogs.

Big Orange Relays at Parkview High School

Two more local programs hit the road this weekend, as Elite Scholars Academy and Morrow traveled to Parkview High School for the Big Orange Relays.

Elite Scholars Academy won gold medals in the 4×100-meter throwers relay and in the long jump courtesy of Taleya Liddell. Amber Love (discus), Gabrielle Loppe (shot put), the 4×400- and 4×1,600-meter relay teams also placed.

ESA’s boys program was led by Benjamin Okafor, who placed third in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump. The 4×100-meter throwers and 4×110-meter shuttle hurdle relay teams also placed.

Morrow’s boys program placed in six relay races, including a second-place time in the 4×100-meter throwers relay. Derek Stidwell came in third in the triple jump, and Cedric Claritt (long jump) and Fred Wright (discus) placed in their events.

The Lady Mustangs had five relay teams place, most notably the 4×100-meter throwers and 4×200-meter relay teams, who each came in fourth place.