August 1, 2021

Heard County Invitational Track Meet

The annual Heard County Invitational Track Meet took place Saturday at the middle school and featured an extremely qualified field of athletes from three different states.

Oxford High School from Alabama was on hand as well as the Anderson County Cougars from Clinton, Tennessee which made the big meet a tri-state competition. The Cougars were added to the meet after a Rome meet they were scheduled to compete in was cancelled.

In the team competitions, the Lady Braves finished in second place (82.5 points) overall behind the first place Central Lions (95 points). Rounding out the top three was Oxford High School who finished just one half point behind the Lady Braves (82 points).

On the boy’s side, Oxford High School dominated the field with 145 points to take home the biggest trophy. Columbus High finished second (108 points), and New Manchester High School came in third (97 points).[gpslideshow]

The boys MVP trophy (most points scored individually) went to Darrell Seldon of Columbus High School. The girls MVP race finished in a tie between Central’s Kayla Byerly and Columbus High’s Megan Clark.

Clark was very impressive in the pole vault where she took the top prize with a leap of 11 feet. Clark is one of only three girls in the nation to have topped the 13 foot mark in the vault and has signed a track and field scholarship with the Duke Blue Devils.

Individually, several Braves won medals at the meet which was no easy task versus such a strong field. Reece Walker and Jasmine Cook were the big medal winners bringing home three apiece.

Jasmine scored second place in both the shot put and the discuss throw while also competing in the 4 x 100 relay team which finished third.

Reece took home second in the long jump and third in the high jump. She also was on the third place relay team along with Jemeka and Shemeka Parks.

Shemeka Parks took home one of only three first place medals for Heard County overall as she placed first in the triple jump with a distance of 33-feet and 9.5 inches.

Crystal Dunson scored a huge first place win in the discuss competition with a throw of 116-feet 10-inches.

In the boys individual competitions, Bill Singleton once again dominated the field in the pole vault with a mark of 13 feet. Windy conditions and an injured hamstring kept Bill from topping his school record-breaking performance from a week earlier.

Corey Freeman took home two third place medals for the shot put and the discuss throw. Hank Barnes was impressive with a second place finish in the discuss throw.

Hank Barnes Discuss Throw from on Vimeo.

Duranta Dunson grabbed third in the 400-meter dash. Bowdon Senior football star Mauricio “Poo-Poo” Askew brought the crowd to life when he ran the 100-meter dash in 10.47 seconds to blow away the field.

Coach Sickman along with Todd Hunt and the rest of the coaches did an outstanding job at keeping the all-day meet on schedule and as it once again turned out to be a huge success. Several Brave athletes will have a solid chance to do well at the region/state competitions this year.

The Brave Nation would like to thank the Warcry (Heard High School Newspaper) for helping to sponsor this big event. To see more photos from this event visit


  1. Pam Seldon says

    Darrell Seldon attends Columbus High School in Columbus, Georgia.


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