The Briarwood Academy Lady Bucs track team members hit a peak Monday, capturing seven first places and totally dominating the GISA Region 1AA track meet at Gatewood School in Eatonton.
The top four places in each event will advance to state qualifying, which is being held next Friday, April 29, at Hugh Mills Stadium at Albany State College in Albany.
The top four finishers in qualifying will advance to AA state competition with the field events being held Friday afternoon.
State competition in the running events will be held beginning the following morning, Saturday, April 30.
Senior Steven Sparks led the Bucs, providing the excitement for the meet with photo finishes in both the 100-meter run and the 200-meter run.
Sparks took first in the 100-meter run with a time of 11.39, .05 second better than the Curtis Baptist School runner's time.
The Curtis Baptist runner edged out Sparks in the 200 meter run, .10 seconds ahead of Briarwood's Sparks' time of 23.73.
The Bucs 4x100 meter relay team of seniors Burt Goolsby and Sparks and juniors Tyler Wester and Dustin Pilgrim placed first with a time of 46.36.
The 4x400 meter relay team of Dustin Pilgrim, Joseph Batrous, David Russell and Jacob Gay qualified for state with a fourth place finish.
Sophomore Joseph Batrous and eighth grader Jordan also qualified for sub-state with fourth place finishes.
Batrous finished fourth in the 200-meter run while Keck finished fourth in the 2-mile run.
"Our times were better in just about every running event," Coach Clayton Parrish said of the Lady Bucs who racked up 161 points to second place finisher Brentwood School's 113 points.
"We're starting to hit our peak right now, which is right before the state meet, and that's what you want to happen."
Seniors Blythe Ansley and Anne Wills led the Lady Bucs with each taking two first places in individual competitions. Both also competed on the 4x100 relay team, which placed first.
Ansley captured the long jump championship with a jump of 15'4" and the triple jump with a jump of 33'5". She placed third in the high jump with a jump of 4'4", and she was a member of the 4x400 meter relay team, which placed second.
Wills, who is a past state champion in both the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles, recaptured her title in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.09 and the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 49.10.
Wills tied for second with Briarwood freshman Ali Dyson in the pole vault with a vault of 7'. She was a member of the 4x400 relay team, which placed second with a time of 4:32.
Senior Ashley Pickard took the only other first place the Lady Bucs landed in the competition in the high jump. Pickard, a past state AA champion in the high jump, placed first in the region with a jump of 4'9".
Pickard took second place in the long jump with a jump of 15', fourth place in the 200-meter run with a time of 28.40, and she is also a member of the first place 4x100 meter relay team and the second place 4x400 meter relay team.
Senior Mallory Jo Bradshaw placed second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:49.
Juniors Katie Reese and Beth Gerlach added to the Lady Bucs point total.
Reese took a second place in the discus with a throw of 83'6".
She also qualified in the mile with a time of 7:04 and finished third place in the triple jump with a jump of 31'5".
Gerlach finished third in the shot put with a throw of 30'71/2" and fourth in the 100-meter run with a time of 13.77.
The Lady Bucs 4x100 meter relay team of Wills, Pickard, Ansley and Gerlach placed first with a time of 53.13.
The Lady Bucs number two 4x100 relay team of Bradshaw, Reese, Pickrell and Dyson placed fourth with a time of 56.10 to also qualify for sub-state.
The Lady Bucs 4x400 relay team of junior Melisa Newsome, Ansley, Pickard and Wills, placed second with a time of 4:32.