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.
Rob Sullivan’s running career will not end at Athens Academy.
The senior Spartan accepted a scholarship to compete for the cross-country and track and field programs at Sewanee: The University of the South. Located 52 miles northwest of Chattanooga in Sewanee, Tennessee, the university offered Sullivan a chance to continue pursuing his passions in both sports.
Sullivan was honored on Wednesday, Dec. 18, in a joint ceremony that recognized a handful of other Athens Academy student-athletes. The ceremony, held in the Sinkwich Spartan Center, allowed for the students to celebrate with family members, friends and classmates.
“It was great,” Sullivan said about the special celebration. “Seeing all my friends, all my teachers, all the people that have been around me the past four years were here to support me, it feels great.”
When athletic director Kevin Petroski first announced the ceremony, though, Sullivan’s name was not on the list of honorees.
Sullivan spoke with Petroski in the days leading up to the celebration and said he would like to be part of it. Petroski obliged.
The Spartans’ athletic director said Sullivan shows great dedication to running and he expects that will carry Sullivan far.
“We are very excited and pleased to include him in [the] ceremony,” Petroski told the crowd in the Spartan Center. “Rob has really excelled as he has gotten older in cross-country and track and field. I think it's become a passion of his now and something that has definitely propelled him to being able to compete at the next level. We're excited about that.”
Athens Academy cross-country coach Geoffrey Walton also spoke during the ceremony.
Walton told the crowd a little about Sullivan’s journey to running. He said that Sullivan was a “late bloomer” in regard to his running career but that he excelled thanks to consistent hard work.
As a matter of fact, Walton said, Sullivan was spotted doing solo track workouts over the summer. The work ethic Walton sees in Sullivan prompted him to call the star runner “an incredible talent and an even better person.
Sullivan said he puts so much effort into his training because his end goal was achieving a college scholarship. That dream was born a couple of years ago when he became serious about running.
“I've been pretty serious about this for the past two years,” Sullivan said. “It's definitely been something I've been working toward for a while. I kind of came into running a little late but it's definitely been a goal of mine.”
Sewanee was not the only potential suitor that came calling for Sullivan. The program offered more than enough, however, to stand out to him and convince him to sign there.
“I just liked the environment,” Sullivan said. “There are some great people. I really connected with the coaches and members of the team.”
In terms of academics, Sullivan said he wants to do pre-med studies at Sewanee. He eventually aims to become a doctor.
As for his athletic career, Sullivan listed off a handful of goals, including lowering his 5k time and winning titles in track competitions.
Sullivan is excited for his college adventure. Before he gets to that point, though, he has one last track season before him.
His previous success made Sullivan feel proud of his work as a Spartan.
Now, Sullivan wants to end his Athens Academy career on a high note before moving up to the college ranks.
“I'm feeling really good,” Sullivan said about his career as a Spartan. “It's certainly gratifying to see the results. This track season, I really hope to do something pretty big.”
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