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April 3, 2013

Tiftarea track does well at recent meet

TIFTON — The Tiftarea Academy Panther and Lady Panther track and field teams did well in a recent meet held in Valdosta as both teams emerged victorious in a five-team event.

The Panthers won the boys meet with 120 points, easily outdistancing second place Highland’s 77. Valwood, Georgia Christian and Fullington rounded out the field.

In the girls meet, the Lady Panthers were even more dominant with 112 points beating the combined point total of second place Fullington, 51, and third place Valwood, 50. Highland and Georgia Christian rounded out the competition.

Austin Stripling won the boys 100m for the Panthers with a time of 11.26. In the girls 100m, Tiftarea’s Maddie Smith finished second, and Rainee Baker finished fifth.

Tiftarea’s Josh Hancock finished second in the 110m high hurdles, while teammate Taylor Dukes finished third.

In the 200m, Tiftarea’s Ethan Mims fnished fourth, and Stripling finished fifth.  On the girls side in the same event, Smith finished second, Baker finished third, Rachel Thomason finished fourth and Lauren Goforth finished fifth.

Kyle Bernard won the 300m hurdles with a itme of 48.1 seconds. Dukes was second and Hancock was third. Katy Johnson made it a clean sweep in the 300m hurdles as she captured the girls event with a time of 54.1 seconds.

Mathew Myers was second in the boys 400m dash, and Jack Raines was third. In the girls 400m, the Lady Panthers’ Neeli Fortson was second.

Myers won the 800m with a time of 2:26.4, Nathan Carswell took second and was only .1 of a second out of first.

Carswell did win the 1600m with a time of 5:20. In the girls 1600m and 3200m, Tiftarea’s Katherine McGarr finished second.

In the 4x100m relay, the Panthers’ team of Mims, Wesley O’Quinn, Stripling and Eli Sumner finished third, while the team of Terry Nguyen, Joseph Bryant, McKinley Morehead and Sheldon Cooper took fifth.

Fortson, Thomason, Johnson and Smith finished first in the girls 4x100m relay. Goforth, Goodman, Baker and Morgan Strenth finished fourth.

The 4x400m relay saw the team of Mims, O’Quinn, Sumner and Stripling finished first with a time of 4:01. Taylor Folsom, Cooper, Josh Hancock and Chris Gravitt finished third, and Nguyen, Bryant, Morehead and Cooper finished fourth.

Tiftarea’s team of Fortson, Thomason, Johnson and Smith finished first with a time of 5:03. Baker, Stenth, Goforth and Casey Goodman finished fifth as a team.

Bernard finished second in the boys long jump, and Smith won the girls long jump with a leap of 13-11. Goodman took fifth in the long jump for the Lady Panthers.

In the boys high jump, Stripling was first at 5-8. Jack Raines took second, and Hancock was fifth.

Thomason won the girls high jump for the Lady Panthers with a leap of 4-7.

The Panthers and Lady Panthers swept first place finishes in the triple jump. Carswell won the boys at 33-6, and Thomason took first in the girls, 26-10.

Gravitt was fourth in the boys shot put, and Hancock was fifth.

Summer Jordan took first in the girls shot put at 30-5 and in the discus, 86-10.

Layne Powell was fourth in the boys discus, and Gravitt was fifth.

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