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Bears Track and Field Team Sets Seven School Records, Crowns CHS's First County Champions

Bears Track and Field Team Sets Seven School Records, Crowns CHS's First County Champions

In a two day meet held at Westlake HS, March 24 & 26, the Cambridge Track and Field team again set new records and performed well against rivals from throughout Fulton County.   The girls team placed 5th overall, and the boys team placed 7th, but most noteworthy were the seven school records broken, and two first place finishes by distance runners Jack Filan ('19) in the 1600m, and Ashley Sechrest ('20) in the 3200m race.  

Field events kicked off the meet on Saturday, with strong performances by Connor McDaniel('19), Erin Greene ('18), Ryan Jackson ('20), Michaela Prevallet ('20) and Harmoni Brown ('19).   Conner brought home the bronze medal in the high jump, clearing 6' for a new school record, Erin cleared 9'2" for 2nd place in the pole vault, and Michaela cleared 4'10" in the high jump and placed 5th.  Ryan finished in the medals with her third place season best performance in the long jump, at 17'9.75", and Harmoni had another great throw with a discus mark at 84'2", inching ever closer to the school record of 85'3".

The races on Saturday were primarily preliminary heats for the finals on Tuesday afternoon, however, there were several distance finals.   The races started with the 4x800 relay, an event not held at the state level.  The Lady Bears brought home silver and a new school record with a finish in 10:09.  This team was composed of Clarissa Beck ('19), Chloe Phelps ('18), Isabel Suero ('19) and Grace Gerlach ('19).   The boys 4x800 team of Yahya Merchant ('20), Kyler Wilson ('19), Mark VanDeWater ('19), and Zach Ellison ('18) added to the boys' team score with their fourth place finish.   In the 800m, Julianna Finelli ran a 2:29 to place in 9th, just shy of scoring for the team.    The only other boys distance race of the day was the 1600m in which Jack Filan earned his county champion title and new school record by 3 seconds, finishing in 4:23.  The final distance race of the day was the girls' 3200m, and sophomore Ashley Sechrest earned the gold medal and county champion title in 11:26 with last year's state champion for this event unable to keep pace in the last of the eight laps.  

Sprinters had to qualify for the finals held on Tuesday, and the Lady Bears had several runners who did just that.   Ryan Jackson managed to qualify third for the 100m dash, but also had a bad hamstring pull that meant she missed out on the finals.  We are all hoping she'll be back at the end of the season for the region meet.   Michaela Prevallet and Taya Jackson both qualified for the 100m hurdles, and Michaela also qualified for the 300m hurdle finals.  The Cambridge 'A' teams in the 4x100m and the 4x400m also placed high enough to compete again on day 2.  Lexi Lay ('20), while not placing high enough to qualify for finals, did set a new school record of 59.55 in the 400m dash, officially breaking the elusive 1 minute mark in this event.

On Tuesday after school, all the sprint finals along with the girls' 1600m and the boys' 800m and 3200m races led to more personal and school records.   The girls 4x100 team finished in 7th place, and was composed of Lexi Lay, Taya Jackson, Michaela Prevallet and Quiniche Peets in for the injured Ryan Jackson who had run in the qualifier on Saturday.  The girls 4x400 team composed of Kathryn Suplee ('21), Delaney Goodell ('19), Lexi Lay ('20), and Michaela Prevallet ('20) finished in 6th place with a 4:02.  For comparison, the first place team from North Springs ran the fastest time for a 4x400m high school this year in the US, finishing in 3:43.  Ashley Sechrest was just edged out by a Milton rival to earn third place, but still beat her school record by 4 seconds with a time of 5:17.21, and senior Lily Elston earned 6th place and more points for the girls with a speedy 4:23.99.   Tanner LeeMaster ('18) ran a personal record time of 2 minutes flat in the 800 for a third place finish, with Carson Ertwine ('19) finishing in 6th to add to the boys' overall point total.  Jack Filan bested his school record by 9 seconds to finish the 3200m in 9:40 but was unable to hold off his Alpharetta and Milton rivals so finished in third.  Chris Anderson('18) finished in 5th with a personal record time of 9:53.

Next up for the Track Field team will be the JV Region Championships on March 28, and the Rumble in the Jungle at Parkview on Friday, March 30.