“What an amazing track meet,” said Spalding head coach Dolores Owen, whose team has also won a six-team meet at Griffin, a 12-team meet at Sandy Creek and a four-team meet at Lamar County. “We were the only small school there, but left quite an impression.”
“On the virtual meet screen on the website we were picked to finish fifth, but guess what?,” asked Owen. “We won it all again. The kids are amazing. They are working so hard at becoming the best they can be by region (April 24 and 26 at Woodward Academy).”
To top it off, Spalding won the meet competing without two of its top athletes (Dee Dee Matthews and Precious Martin) while another (Jenna Wesley) was at less than full strength because of seasonal allergies and a fourth, Stanariel Phinazee, was battling a sore foot.
Mt. Zion finished runner-up with 102.50 points, while Alcovy (92), Winder-Barrow (77.50), Heritage (73.50), Miller Grove (68.0), Decatur (47), Meadowcreek (46), Morrow (42) and Jones County (45) comprised the rest of the field.
“It was hot out there, but the girls adapted and ran very well,” said Owen.
n Girls Triple Jump: 3rd Dominique Nock 34’0, 11th Lakeria Hastings 30’05.
n 100m Dominique Nock 2nd 12.6.
n Girls 4x800 relay team was 2nd Jenna Wesley, Katherine Pate, Shay Wright and AJA Kendall 11:14.
n The 4x100 relay team broke the school record again, Grenisha Daniels, Dominique Nock, Jenna Wesley andStanariel Phinazee 49.15 first place.
n Girls 1600m run: Jenna Wesley 2nd 5:42.1, Emily Kaufman 6th 6:28.
n 400m Stanariel Phinazee first place 58.41, Shay Wright 1:08.
n 800m run Jenna Wesley 3rd 2:32.
n 200m Stanariel Phinazee first 25.64 Squaria Reid 10th in 28.9.
n 300m Hurdles: Grenisha Daniels 2nd 50.1.
n 3200m run Emily Kaufman 4th 15:00, Lauren Cook 6th 15:33.
n 4x400 relay: First place: Stanariel Phinazee, Dominique Nock, Grenisha Daniels and Jenna Wesley 4:06.45.
n High Jump: Grenisha Daniels 4’10 (ties the school record) 4th place, and Stanariel Phinazee 5th 4’6.
n Long Jump: First place Dominique Nock 17’04.
“I am very excited about the progress we are making in the season so far,” said Owen. “We still have a lot to work to go before we get to the region meet. Teams in our region run a .49 in the 4x100. We have to be the ones with the most desire, and heart to make it to the state meet.”
Wednesday the girls team, ranked 10th in this week's state poll, goes to Wesleyan for a meet and Saturday it goes to the Jefferson Relays.
Spalding High’s distance boys runners also competed Saturday.
“They had a fine showing,” said Owen.
n The 4x800m team of Aaron Ledet, Joe Ragsdale, Adam Miller and Colby Willis finished 6th.
n In the Pole Vault: Joe Ragsdale finished 5th at 9’6, and Colby Willis was 6th at 8’6.
n In the 800m Aaron Ledet had a good run and finished 11th at 2:13.
n In the 3200m Tommy Mixon had a good run at 13.24, and Jon Eady at 13:48.
n In the 1600m Adam Miller continues to drop his time and finished 8th at 5:14, in an excellent field of runners.