For the first time, the Track & Field team was invited to Archer High School this past Saturday, February 24th, for one of the most competitive meets in the state, with top athletes across all the Georgia classifications from 1A to 7A. The girls team ended the long day with 40 points and a 7th place finish in a field of more than 23 teams, and the boys earned 8 pts. Six new school records were set, and quite a few athletes broke through their previous best performances to set personal records (PRs).
In the field events, Ryan Jackson ('20) placed third in the long jump with her jump of 17'09", and while not placing in the points, David Allan ('19) set a new Triple Jump school record of 34'08" in his first official triple jump performance. Erin Greene ('18) tied for 3rd in the girl's pole vault clearing 9', with Caitlin Kittila ('18) also scoring by clearing 7'6" and placing 7th. Turner Mignerey ('19) beat his previous personal record by 6" when he cleared 12', for a 6th place pole vault finish and 3 points towards the boys' score. A job well done to the other throwers and jumpers, many of whom competed for the first time in their events.
For the track races, the day started with the girls' 4x800 relay team bringing home the bronze medal in 10:35, edging out 4th place by 0.28 seconds. The athletes on this team were Lily Elston('18), Emma Flynn('21), Delaney Goodell('19), and Lauren Harris('19).
This was followed by the 4x100, with the Cambridge 'A' team comprised of Taya Jackson ('19), Ryan Jackson ('20), Lexi Lay ('20), and Michaela Prevallet ('20) finishing in 15th with a 50.85. To put it into perspective, the 8th-16th place teams all finished at 50 seconds and some fraction thereof.
The relays were followed by the 1600m. Grace Gerlach ('19) set a new school record with her 5:27 fifth place finish, and senior Chloe Phelps finished in 12th with a 5:40 (just shy of a PR). The boys didn't finish in the points, but Chris Anderson did best his PR by 4 seconds at 4:51, finishing in 17th out of a field of 57.
Ryan Jackson then went on to set school records in the 100m dash (12.21) for second place, and 200m (25.30) for fourth place, earning a total of 19 pts for the girls for the meet. Additionally, just out of point contention, Lexi Lay finished in 10th in the 400m with her 1:01.55 finish, and Julianna Finelli finished in 12th place in the 800m in 2:32. Taya Jackson ('19) had a stellar 300m hurdles performance, finishing 7th with her time of 47.73, and Michaela Prevallet showed her strength in clearing hurdles in the 100mH with a 13th place finish that was less than a second behind the last point scorers.
The long day ended with the longest race of the day, the 3200m. Ashley Sechrest ('20) shattered her previous school record of 12:01 by running an 11:33 for fifth place. Jack Filan ('19) then broke his school record, by running a 9:49 in the boys 3200m and finishing in fourth.
The CHS Track & Field team will next compete on Wednesday, February 28 at Centennial, and then on Friday and Saturday, March 2-3 at the 11th annual Milton Showcase Invitational.