(Franklin) — The Heard County Middle School track ad field team dominated the field in both the boys and girls divisions to bring home the overall first place trophy in the small school division of the West Georgia Middle School Athletic Conference finals held at HCMS on April 11.
The Braves finished with an overall point total of 432 far besting the second place team Temple who finished with 251.
In the boy’s competition, eighth grader Emory Jones led the way collecting four gold medals including the 100 meter, long jump, high jump, and 4 x 100 relay.
Other gold medal winners included Matthew Nilsen in the 200 meter and 4 x 100, Kearney Balat in the 800 meter, Donta Dunson in the 1600 meter, Mason McLead in the 3200 meter, Gage Cannon in the pole vault, Jacob Ragland in the triple jump, Carlton Williams in the discus throw, Luis Maldonado Vazquez in the shot put, and Chris and Kendaz Goode in the 4 x 100 relay.
Silver medal boys winners were Nilsen in the long jump and 100m, Carlton White in the 200m, Tyson O’Neal in the 400m, Cannon in the 300 meter hurdles, Cannon, McLead, O’Neal, and Nilsen in the 4 x 4000 relay, Kendaz Goode in the high jump and shot put, Ragland in the pole vault, and Jaden Moreland in the triple jump.
Third place boys finishers included Cannon in the 400m, Clayton Shell in the 1600m, Kevin Hendrix in the 100m, and Eli Caldwell in the discus throw.
In the girl’s competition, the Lady Braves shined across the board in several different events. Gold medal winners included Holly Moreland in the 1600m, Lily Langley in the 3200m, Jade Sanchez in the 300m hurdles, Alexis Nelms in the 300m hurdles, and Emily Iddins in the pole vault.
Bringing home silver medals were Maliyah Dunson in the 100m and 200m, Melissa Collins in the 1600m and high jump, Makayla Red in the pole vault, and Tori Caldwell in the triple jump. Dunson combined with Shania Jackson, Brittany Scarborough, and Amiah Person to win silver in the 4 x 100.
Third place medals went to Collins in the 800m, Dunson in the long jump, Scarborough in the triple jump, and Caldwell, Dunson, Scarborough, and Person in the 4 x 400 relay.
Head track coach Allen Sikes was elated at his athletes accomplishment of bringing home the championship trophy for the fourth time in the last five years.
“We tried to get more kids involved this year by moving our traditional Saturday meet to Friday and I think it paid off. The kids worked hard all year and I am very proud of all of them,” said Sikes. “I also want to thank our assistant coaches and volunteers who made this big event happen.”