The Briarwood Academy Lady Bucs took first place in the GISA Region 1-A track meet, totally dominating the meet with Lady Buc Lizzie Keen achieving a perfect score to take the high points award for the girls, while the Bucs earned second place overall for the boys. The region meet was held last week at Briarwood.
The Lady Bucs also earned Region 1-A Coach of the Year honors for Coach Clayton Parrish. Coach Parrish was named region track Coach of the Year in 2001, 2002 and 2005.
The top four places in region competition will advance to GISA A state competition this Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany. Qualifying is on Thursday, also at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany.
The Lady Bucs finished first in 12 of the 16 events in the region competition and qualified to compete in every event at state competition, except shot put, according to Coach Parrish, who says, "that's pretty good."
"We qualified in enough events to be a factor at the state meet this week," he said. "We need to have a good week at practice and give our best performance in Albany this weekend."
Keen placed first in region in every event in which she competed, winning the triple jump with a jump of 30' 10.5", the 400-meter dash with a time of 66.13, and the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.09.
Sophomore Shannon Newsome was close behind, taking two firsts - the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.41 and the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 54.50 - and a second in high jump with a jump of 5.0' to the first place winner's 5.1" jump.
Junior Brittini Phelps also took two first places - pole vault with vault of 7'9" and discus with a throw of 76'.
Sophomore Emily Henderson took her two firsts in running events - the 800-meter run with a time of 2.48 and the 1600-meter run with a time of 6:06.
Freshman Rachel Coxwell finished first in the long jump with a jump of 14' 5". She took third place in the 100-meter hurdles and in the 400-meter dash.
The Lady Bucs no. 1 relay teams took firsts in the both the 4x100-meter relay and the 4x400-meter relay. Keen, Henderson, Newsome and Phelps combined for a first place finish in the 4x100-meter relay, while Keen, Henderson, Newsome and Anna Goolsby took first in the in the 4x400-meter relay.
Following closely behind the no. 1 relay teams, the Lady Bucs no. 2 4x100-meter relay team of Anna Goolsby, Rachel Coxwell, Maria Johnson and Kristian Dawson took second, while the no. 2 4x400-meter relay team of Brittini Phelps, Marcie Rivers, Coxwell, and Dawson took third.
Eight grader Marcie Rivers took third place honors in both the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.
The Bucs finished first in four events, second in three events, third in three events and fourth in six events, qualifying 16 competitors for the Class A state meet.
Senior Mathew Graziano placed first in discus with a throw of 120' 4", while junior Saul Smith placed first in pole vault with a vault of 10'3". Junior Trey Stadler placed first in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.54.
Senior Nick Dawson took second place in the 300-meter hurdles, third in the 200-meter dash, and fourth in the 100-meter dash. Freshman Russell Burdette finished second in the 3200-meter run, while freshman Jacob Patterson finished second in pole vault.
Junior Matthew McElveen finished third in the 400-meter dash. Sophomore Steven Gunn finished third in discus and fourth in shot put. Senior Ben Raburn took third in the 1600-meter run and fifth in the triple jump.
The Bucs no. 1 4x100-meter relay team fell behind on a bad pass of the baton in that race, but the no. 2 4x100 relay team of junior Andrew Coxwell, junior Trey Stadler, senior Price Chalker and senior Chase Walker stepped up to qualify for state competition by finishing fourth in that event. The Bucs no. 1 4x400-meter relay team of freshman Michael Kent, sophomore Ryan Nelson, junior Matthew McElveen and senior Nick Dawson qualified for state competition by placing fourth.
Nelson qualified individually for state competition with a fourth place in the 800-meter run. He placed fifth in the both the long jump and the high jump.