(Franklin) – Heard County Middle School hosted its annual Heard County Invitational Track Meet last Saturday in front of a very large crowd of spectators. The meet featured 10 of the top middle school track squads from the West Georgia and East Alabama area.
Auburn Junior High School dominated the meet with both the girls and boys teams winning first place trophies as well as the team winning the combined overall first place trophy with 296 points. Opelika Middle School finished second with 183 points and Carrollton Junior High finished in third with 171 points.
The Braves came in fourth place with 154.5 points. In the female division the Lady Braves garnered the second place trophy with 97 points. In the boys division, the Braves finished fourth with 57.5 points.
Austin Miller (HCMS Record Long Jump)
Lady Braves Team – 2nd Place
Shealynn Sumner (L) and Chelsie Ray (R)
Austin Miller won the first place medal in the Long Jump after breaking the HCMS record with a jump of 18-feet and 2-inches. Other top male finishers for the Braves were Michael Cadwell with a tie for second place in the high jump and a fourth place finish in the 100 meter hurdles. John Helton brought home third place in the 800 meter run.
Chelsie Ray scored the most individual points for the Lady Braves as the top finisher in both the Shot Put and the Discuss Throw. Madison Laprade finished second in the triple jump and third in the long jump. Shealynn Sumner won second place in the Discuss Throw.
Other top placers for the girls included Ashton James (2nd-100 meter dash), Dekaii Ogletree (3rd-200 meter dash), Maliyah Dunson (4th-400meter dash), Carmen Elrod (3rd-3200 meter run), and Kimberly Harris (4th-300 meter hurdles).
In the relay competitions, the team of Ogletree, Laprade, James, and Nikki Grier won fourth place in the 4×100 relay while Ogletree, Dunson, Grier, and Laprade combined for fourth place in the 4×400 relay.
Head track coach Allen Sikes was pleased with the team’s performance versus such a talented field of local teams:
“I was very proud of how our team came out and performed today. Our girls did an outstanding job. We have laid a great foundation the last couple of years and we are starting to get a lot of younger kids involved in the program. Considering the caliber of competition especially from the bigger schools, I think our entire team did great today,” said Sikes after the meet.