Several girls track and field stars from Oconee County made their marks last week.
Clarke Central High School hosted an area boys and girls meet on April 1 that brought together the varsity high school track and field teams throughout Clarke and Oconee counties. Each county was well represented in the final results and Oconee had numerous competitors who placed high in their competitions.
In the girls 100-meter dash, North Oconee High School’s Reese Riddle placed second in 13.24. Ava Moon from Oconee County High School finished fifth with a time of 13.24, followed by NOHS’s America Baker (sixth, 13.69), OCHS’s Jada Harmelink (13.84) and Faith Tucker (13.97) in eighth and ninth, NOHS’s Caroline Branch (10th, 14.16) and Athens Academy’s Popi Marquez (11th, 14.32).
NOHS’s Kassidy Daniel won the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.51. She was followed by teammates Riddle (27.51) and Kolby Ann Underwood (27.95), who placed second and third, respectively. Moon finished seventh (28.55), followed by Marquez (30.06) and fellow Lady Spartans Annie Cross (31.56) and Anna Porter Miller (33.59) in 11th and 12th.
AA’s Addison Ollendick-Smith took first in the 400-meter dash in 1:01.54. NOHS’s Emily Smith (1:03.19) and Daniel (1:03.52) placed third and fourth, respectively, while AA’s Davis McLanahan (fifth, 1:03.64), Underwood and OCHS’s Hailey Boran (1:08.00) rounded out the top seven.
Ollendick-Smith also took the top place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:33.23. OCHS’s Sydney Matthews was right behind in 2:24.96, followed by fellow Lady Warrior Mia Senyitko (2:25.79). AA’s Sarah Harrison finished fourth (2:34.44) and OCHS’s Leah John finished fifth (2:38.39) while NOHS’s Isabella Dattilio (2:39.89), Kyla Scott (2:42.01) and Faith Hetsko (2:43.54) placed sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively. Emily Coggins of AA finished ninth in 2:47.85.
Lady Spartan Sarah Harrison won the 1,600-meter run in 5:40.18. Emma Champer of OCHS placed second in 5:54.51, NOHS’s Caroline Duncan finished third in 5:58.22 and OCHS’s Kensley McConnell (6:00.11) and Allie Parsons (6:17.69) ran fourth and sixth. Hannah Marlowe of NOHS placed seventh in 6:20.43.
Ava Caldwell of NOHS won the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:49.71, followed by OCHS’s Phoebe Brodrick in second at 11:51.07 and McLanahan third in 12:14.66. OCHS’s Molly Meeks placed fourth in 12:30.80 while North Oconee’s Kelsey Morse (12:51.66) and Liv Bledsoe (13:09.40) placed fifth and sixth. Abby Norman of OCHS finished eighth in 14:14.95 and Coggins placed ninth in 14:33.04.
Sarah McNeely of NOHS won the 100-meter hurdles in 16.58, followed by fellow Lady Titan Shaliyah Hood (17.56). Moon (17.65), NOHS’s Ka’Zariyah Ballard (18.03) and AA’s Kavya Menke (18.78) finished third through fifth while OCHS’s Sydney Braswell placed seventh in 21.45.
Faith Tucker of OCHS won the 300-meter hurdles in 51.77. Anna-Joy Crowe of NOHS placed second in 53.65, followed by teammate Kinsey Patrick in 55.14. Menke placed fifth in 55.93 while NOHS’s Sofia Disante finished sixth in 57.03.
NOHS took the 4x100 meter relay in 51.15. AA finished fourth in 55.22 while OCHS finished fifth in 1:03.19.
The Lady Titans also won the 4x400 relay, finishing in 4:17.27. The Lady Spartans were second in 4:22.26.
NOHS swept the relay events by winning the 4x800 meter relay in 10:51.80. The Lady Warriors (11:32.53) finished second.
Hood won the high jump (4-10) followed by teammate Maddie Phillips (4-04).
In the long jump, Branch took second (16-06), Daniel placed fourth (15-10.5) and OCHS’s Annalise Hale finished fifth (14-06). OCHS’s Madison Hawkins (14-02), NOHS’s Charley Wright (14-01.5) and OCHS’s Emma Pachuta (10-05) placed seventh, eighth and 10th, respectively.
Branch finished fourth in the triple jump at 32-10 while Farmer (31-11.50), Menke (31-03.50) and NOHS’s Kate Setter (30-08.50) placed fifth, sixth and seventh.
Rhiannon Held of NOHS won the pole vault at 11-10 followed by teammates Sadie Arnold (8-10) and Laura Walker (8-04). Hale finished fourth at 8-04.
Lula Hailey of OCHS won the discus event at 102-11. AA’s Emma Hooper (93-10), NOHS’s Bella Ripley (78-01), AA’s Mae Kline (78-01) took the third through sixth spots. OCHS’s AnnaBelle Thorpe placed second at 61-04 and AA’s Eliza Connolly finished eighth at 61-03.
Ripley placed second in shot put at 29-02.50 followed by Hailey at 29-00.75 and Kline at 28-10. NOHS’s Katjana Barkhuff finished fifth at 24-09.50, Thorpe placed sixth at 23-04, OCHS’s Callie Woods finished seventh at 22-04.75 and Connolly finished eighth at 21-00.25.