TRACK ROUNDUP: Forest Park girls finish third at Gary Townsend Invitational By Luke Strickland


JONESBORO — The Gary Townsend Invitational was held this weekend at Drew High School. The Forest Park Lady Panthers led all local programs with a third-place team finish.

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The Forest Park Lady Panthers came in third overall at the event. Stephanie Escobar continued her good form in the 3,200-meter run with a gold medal. Caleah Smith added another first-place finish in the triple jump.

Janaya Jones placed in four events, including third place in the high jump and the long jump. Maya Vasta placed in the 400-meter dash and the 300-meter hurdles. Nyghiel Williams placed in the 800- and 1,60-meter runs.

Niaya Smith was the runner-up in the high jump. Jessica Gonzalez (3,200-meter run) and Sarah Matthews (long jump) each placed sixth in their respective events. Tia Hall came in seventh place in the 3,200-meter run.

In relay races, the 4×400-meter relay team came in fourth and 4×400-meter team placed fifth.


The Drew Lady Titans came in fifth overall. They were led by first-place finishes from Shatara Johnson in the 200-meter dash and Serenity Vaughn in the long jump. Johnson also came in third in the 100-meter dash, while Vaughn also placed third in the discus and fourth in the shot put.

Jada Batiste finished as the runner-up in the 3,200-meter run. Jadia Woodfork was the runner-up in the shot put. She also finished fourth in the discus. The 4×400-meter relay team also placed, coming in sixth.

The Morrow Lady Mustangs placed seventh overall. Adaya Alexander finished second in the 400-meter dash and sixth in the 200-meter dash. Taylor Jones finished third in the 1,600-meter run.

Corta Washington placed in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Sabriea Singleton came in fifth in the discus and Natalie Nicely finished eighth in the same event. Jaelyn Callaway placed seventh in the 1,600-meter run.

Morrow’s 4×400-meter relay team finished as the runner-up. The 4×100-meter relay team came in sixth.

Mundy’s Mill came in eighth as a team. Kiana Footman won the 100-meter hurdles while also placing fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 300-meter hurdles and long jump. Alexus Celestin also placed in two events, including a second-place finish in the triple jump. Mya Newton added a sixth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles.

Mount Zion had four place, led by Jasmine Brown’s runner-up in the pole vault. Kyra Watts came in third in the triple jump. Imani Carmouche was fourth in the long jump and Angel Stringer placed seventh in the 800-meter run.

Elite Scholars Academy was led by Tamari Miller and Taleya Liddell, who finished third in the 3,200-meter run and 300-meter hurdles, respectively. Asia Love placed fourth in the 800-meter run, and Yaribeth Cortes finished fourth in the 3,200-meter run and fifth in the 800-meter run. ESA’s 4×100-meter relay team came in eighth.


The Mount Zion Bulldogs led all Clayton County teams with seven individual placers. Rashad Francois came in third in the discus and Tyree Leonard placed fourth in the shot put. Corey Turner (400-meter dash) and Max Rameau (pole vault) each finished seventh in their respective events. Justin Onuigbo (triple jump), Tremond Hatten (pole vault) and Quentavies Neal (discus) each placed eighth in their events.

Morrow finished just behind Mount Zion with six individual placers. Gabriel Peacock led the way with a gold medal in the 800-meter run. Derek Stidwell was the runner-up in the triple jump and Cedric Clarrit placed in both the triple jump and the 110-meter hurdles.

Kenrick Williams (400-meter run), Christia’n Jarvis (800-meter run) and Tabious Clemmons (triple jump) also placed for the Mustangs.

Mundy’s Mill also had six placers. Matthew Marley won a gold medal in the discus. Eric McGee placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles and Devon White came in fifth in the discus. John Kelly and Raymond Pearson placed sixth and eighth, respectively, in the shot put, while Javell Johnson placed seventh in the 200-meter dash.

Drew was led by a first-place finish from Denzel Carter in the high jump. Shemar Vance placed second in the long jump and seventh in the 100-meter dash. Anthony Menchaca was fifth in the shot put and Jordan Bolden was eighth in the 200-meter dash.

Elite Scholars Academy saw Benjamin Okafor place in three events. He won the triple jump and was the runner-up in the long jump. Robert Hall also placed in three events with his best finish coming in the high jump (fifth). Jeffrey Enabulele came in sixth in the discus.