Track and field teams show off at state championships - Oconee Enterprise
The high school state championship track and field competitions were held May 13-15 and, once they were complete, a lot of hardware came back to Oconee County.
There were multiple Georgia High School Association state championships and several top five finishes across the teams from Oconee County High School, North Oconee High School, Prince Avenue Christian School and Athens Academy. The state competition results concluded a wildly successful year for the area’s track and field teams.
North Oconee’s track and field competitors showcased their talents at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany.
Jordan Fick and Rhiannon Held brought home state titles in Class AAAA, marking the highest individual finishes among Oconee County-based competitors.
Additionally, the Athens Academy girls 4x800 relay team set a new state record. The team of Addison Ollendick-Smith, Sarah Harrison, Nathalie Lavender and Davis McLanahan completed the event in 9:36.81. This was the first year that event was held at the Class A-Private girls level.
Fick earned championships in three different events: pole vault, 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles.
In the pole vault event, Fick won the title with a mark of 14-6. He completed the 110-meter hurdles in 14.56. Fick won the 300-meter hurdles in 38.07.
Held won the Class AAAA girls pole vault event. She took the title with a mark of 11-9.
In addition to those individual championships, North Oconee’s boys placed second overall in Class AAAA. The Titans totaled 70.50 points across numerous events. That placed them just behind Stephenson High School, which earned 74 points.
In the girls division, North Oconee placed 10th with 26 points.
Drew Chambers also competed in the Class AAAA boys pole vault event and finished second at 13-6, just behind Fick. John Harris placed fourth at 12-0.
In the boys triple jump, Jack Butler placed 10th at 40-11.25. Chance Cross was fourth in the high jump at 6-2.
The North Oconee boys 4x800-meter relay team finished sixth with a time of 8:34.83. The team consists of Max Pearson, Davis Potts, Creed Sinclair and Tucker Cox.
Davis Potts placed third in the boys 3,200-meter run in 9:31.63. Potts also competed in the 1,600-meter run and finished fifth in 4:26.37.
Cross finished third in the 100-meter dash in 10.93. In the 200-meter dash, Cross used a time of 22.40 and placed fifth.
North Oconee had several in the girls division who shined during the Class AAAA events.
Kelsey Morse placed ninth in the 3,200-meter run in 12:37.97. Caroline Branch was 15th in the long jump at 13-8.50.
Shaliyah Hood took second in the high jump with a mark of 5-0.
The Lady Titans’ 4x800-meter relay team finished third in 10:05.95. The team includes Liv Bledsoe, Kyla Scott, Isabella Dattilio and Emily Smith.
Sarah McNeely placed seventh in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.51. McNeely was eighth in 300-meter hurdles in 50.17.
Oconee County High School’s girls team totaled 32 points, good for sixth among the Class AAA girls teams. The Oconee County boys placed 12th with 20 points.
The Warriors’ boys 4x800-meter relay team placed third with a time of 8:09.80. That team is made of Andrew Guthrie, Aidan Landrum, Cooper Timberman and Jack Stansell.
Carsen Stocklinski placed ninth in the boys shot put event at 44-0.25.
In the 1,600-meter run, Scott Seuser placed seventh (4:28.87), Jack Stansell placed eighth (4:28.88) and Patterson Graham placed 12th (4:41.24).
Graham placed 10th in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:06.03.
Landrum placed third in the 800-meter run in 1:56.24. Timberman finished the event in 1:59.91, good for sixth.
Griffin Roberts finished seventh in the 300-meter hurdles. Roberts did so in 44.59.
In the girls division of Class AAA, Phoebe Brodrick finished second in 11:17.97 in the 3,200-meter run. Molly Meeks finished 12th in 12:15.54. Emma Champer ran the event in 12:19.51, placing her 14th.
Lula Hailey placed fourth in the shot put with a mark of 37-4.50. In the discus throw, Hailey placed fifth at 109-1.
Annalise Hale placed sixth in the pole vault at 9-0. In the triple jump, Lindsay Farmer placed eighth at 34-5.25.
The Lady Warriors’ girls 4x800-meter relay team placed second in a time of 9:55.92. The team consisted of Champer, Abby Provost, Allie Parsons and Leah John.
In the 1,600-meter run, Sydney Matthews used a time of 5:29.17 to finish seventh. Kensley McConnell was 13th in 5:58.94 and Parsons placed 14th in 6:02.38.
Mia Senyitko ran the 800-meter in 2:26.29, finishing eighth.
Athens Academy’s girls earned 39 overall points during the Class A-Private competition. The Lady Spartans finished sixth.
The Athens Academy boys team finished seventh with 35 total points.
Addison Ollendick-Smith placed second in the 800-meter run in 2:16.74. Davis McLanahan ran it in 2:22.69, finishing sixth.
Ollendick-Smith finished fourth in the girls 400-meter dash. Ollendick-Smith completed the event in 58.51.
The Lady Spartans’ 4x400-meter relay team finished in 4:10.27 to finish fourth. The team includes Ollendick-Smith, Nathalie Lavender, Mills Crosland and McLanahan.
The Spartans’ 4x100-meter relay team of Deion Colzie, Preston Darden, Austin McGee and Aidan Saeed clocked in at 43.67, good for fifth.
Additionally, Colzie placed fourth in the 100-meter dash. Colzie had a time of 10.95.
Ryland Marley placed seventh in the 300-meter hurdles in 43.79.
Prince Avenue Christian School sent a handful of competitors to the Class A-Private championships.
Audrey Vandagriff placed second in the 100-meter dash. Vandagriff finished in 12.62.
The Wolverines’ boys 4x400-meter relay team placed fourth in 3:29.70. The team consists of Robert Skaggs, Zach Hill, Luke Lanier and Josh Britt.
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The Athens Academy girls team finished second with 109 overall points while its boys team was third at 138.
Addison Ollendick-Smith was second in the girls 400-meter dash at 1:00.53 with Mills Crosland finishing eighth in 1:05.42.
Ollendick-Smith won the girls 800-meter run in 2:19.74. Davis McLanahan (2:20.85) and Nathalie Lavender (2:31.01) were third and sixth.
Sarah Harrison placed second in the girls 1,600-meter run in 5:26.75, followed by Davis McLanahan in fifth at 5:39.77 and Lavender in sixth at 5:45.77.
Harrison finished second in the girls 3,200-meter run at 11:51.55 while Emily Coggins placed ninth in 14:36.24. Kavya Menke (18.22) placed seventh in the girls 100-meter hurdles.
The Lady Spartans finished fifth in the 4x100 relay and second in the 4x400 relay.
Athens Academy’s team of Ollendick-Smith, Harrison, Lavender and Davis McLanahan won the 4x800 relay in 9:32.60.
In the girls pole vault, Hanna McLean finished fourth at 7-00. Popi Marquez (14-06) was sixth and in the girls long jump & Menke (32-05.50) finished third in the girls triple jump.
Mae Kline placed third in girls shot put at 30-04.50, followed by Emma Hooper at 30-00 and Millie McLanahan at 23-07 in fourth and 11th, respectively.
Hooper was fourth in the discus throw at 93-07 with Millie McLanahan finishing sixth at 84-10 and Kline finishing eighth at 79-02.
Deion Colzie won the boys 100-meter dash in 11.19. He was followed by Austin McGee in second (11.40) and Tre Hawkins in fifth at 11.80. McGee also finished second in the boys 200-meter dash in 22.85.
Evan Smith placed sixth in the 400-meter dash in 53.84 while Preston Darden was seventh in 54.51. Rob Sullivan finished runner-up in the 800-meter run in 2:01.88 followed by Grant Tribble in 12th at 2:22.42.
Jackson Scruggs was second in the boys 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:44.27. Robbie Dillon (4:58.31) finished sixth. Scruggs was second in the 3,200-meter run in 10:07.82 while Dillon’s time of 10:39.93 led to a fourth place finish.
Ryland Marley placed fifth in the boys 110-meter hurdles in 17.75 and finished third in the 300-meter hurdles in 43.45.
Athens Academy’s boys 4x100 relay team of Colzie, Hawkins Darden and McGee won its event in 43.34.
The Spartans finished third in the 4x400 relay in 3:42.00 and second in the 4x800 relay in 8:53.01.
Colzie won the boys high jump at 6-06.00. Collin Edge (10-00) took sixth in the pole vault while Michael Cashin (9-06) was ninth. Tom Hollingworth was 12th in the long jump at 16-08 and fourth in the triple jump at 38-01.50.
Johnerio Holt (48-10) won the boys shot put. J’Rico Wright (35-01.50) was 12th and Khoa Le (31-05) was 19th.
Holt was second in discus throw at 126-03 followed by Le at 101-07 and Wright at 87-08.
Lady Titans, Warriors and Spartans win at Clarke-Oconee meet - Oconee Enterprise
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.
Watch Notre Dame football signee Deion Colzie shatter the Athens Academy high jump record - ABH
Had Athens Academy's Deion Colzie not chosen Notre Dame to continue his football career, the senior likely would have many college track and field coaches ready to hand him a scholarship.
The four-star receiver cleared a high jump of 6 feet, 8 inches to up his personal best, and Athens Academy record, by an inch on Thursday and win the event at the Area Track Championship at Clarke Central. The school was hosting its first event on a newly renovated track that was completed last week.
Colzie's jump on Thursday would have won the Class A Private championship two years ago when he finished third with a jump of 6 feet, 4 inches. Stratford Academy's McKinley Thompson won the state title that year with a 6 feet, 6 inch leap. Last year's state meet was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
He beat the field on Thursday by six inches.
The 6-foot-4 four-star receiver twice pledged to Notre Dame, his final commitment coming in September after backing off a previous pledge. He signed with the Irish in December. He He had 590 yards receiving on 32 catches and seven touchdowns in nine games this past season.
Teammates greeted Colzie with hugs and high fives after eclipsing his career high jump, and his mother, Yolanda Jackson, took to Twitter to congratulate Colzie by stating that she was a #1proudmomma.
Athens Academy traditionally fields a successful track and field program with excellent participation paired with frequent region and state recognition. The emphasis is for participation and development of enhanced endurance while striving for personal best results within an athlete’s area of specialization. A large reason for success has been a result of so many athletes achieving their personal best performances at the end of the season. State Champion: 2016, 2017