November 23, 2017

Gutsy performance by Sanders leads HCMS Girls to strong finish in St. Patty’s Day Meet

[gpslideshow]The Heard County girls middle school track team finished in second place at the big track meet Saturday thanks to two unlikely medals won by Hannah Sanders who competed in the shot-put and discuss events with a broken left ankle.

Despite the injury, Hannah was able to score the first place finish in the discuss throw and third place finish in the shot-put.

The points earned by the seventh-grader propelled the girls to the runner-up finish which was outstanding considering the quality of the eight school field that participated including teams from West Georgia and East Alabama.

The Carrollton Trojans won the girls first-place trophy with 137 points. The Braves followed with 121.5 points and Auburn rounded out the top three with 114.

On the boy’s side, Auburn literally ran away from the competition with 171 points. Carrollton (126) and Gardner-Newman (113.5) scored second and third-place finishes.

The overall trophy also went Auburn who finished with a stout 285 points. Carrollton was not far behind with 263 and Opelika rounded out the top three with 198 overall points. The Braves finished in fourth place in the overall standings.

“I am extremely proud of our efforts today especially from our girls. My expectations were low coming into the season after the loss of a lot of our best athletes to the high school last year but our girls really worked hard and it showed today.”~Coach Allen Sikes

The other middle schools who competed in the all-day event were Long Cane, Haralson County, and Callaway.

Eighth-grader Johanna Beyer also did well for the Braves winning first place in the 100 hurdles and the triple jump.

One of the most shocking medals of the day went to sixth grader Melissa Collins who won first place in the 1600 meter race with a time of 6:20. It was the first ever 1st-place medal for Melissa who just started competing in track this year.

Based on this very strong finish in such a strong field of competition, Collins should really be an athlete to keep an eye on during the next few years.

Other top Brave finishers were Erica Emory (2nd in the long jump and 3rd in the high jump), Brandon Cooley (2nd-Discuss), and Holly Moreland (3rd-1600).

In the 4 X 400, the team of Alexis Emory, Maleyah Dunson, Erica Emory, and Nikki Grier finished third. The 4 x 100 team of Dekali Ogletree, Tori Dobbs, Erica Emory, and Ashton James also took home third.

The team also finished strong on Wednesday capturing both first place wins (boys and girls) at a smaller meet which also took place at HCMS.

To see more photos from the St. Patrick’s Day meet visit www.facebook.com/bravenation.

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