October 21, 2018

Lady Brave track shines ‘Under the Lights’ at Central

(Carrollton, GA) — The Heard County High School track team competed at Central High’s ‘Under the lights’ Invitational Friday night and the Lady Brave female contingent earned an impressive first place finish at the meet which featured participants from 18 different high schools from several classifications.

Senior long distance runner Holly Moreland (Photo: Penny Hood)

The Lady Braves scored 118.5 points finishing well ahead of second place Bremen (90 points) and third place Villa Rica (83 points).

The Braves male athletes also competed well and earned a fifth place finish with 50 points.

Leading the way for the Lady Braves was senior distance runner Holly Moreland as she earned first place finishes in both the 1600 meter run (6:00:0) and the 3200 meter run (13:19:00).

Moreland has been one of the best Brave long distance runners of all time and is expected to have strong shot at state this year and will likely be competing in cross-country at the next level.

Sophomore Tori Caldwell also shined at the meet with second place finishes in both the High Jump (5′ 0) and the Pole Vault (7′-5″).

Caldwell will be a contender at the Region Championships and looks to earn another trip to the state meet after making it last year as only a freshman.

Two of the most surprising female performances of the day came from two freshmen athletes, Beth Taylor and Sophia Long.

Taylor earned a second place finish in the Discus with a throw of 97-4 and a tenth place finish in the Shot Put at 27-4. She also had a much longer disqualified throw and these distances could earn her a trip to the State Championships in Albany May 10-12.

Long finished with a strong second place finish in the Triple Jump and at 31-4 and took seventh place in the 400 Meter Dash at 1:07:54. Long is the niece of head Brave football coach Tim Barron and was a big part of the Lady Brave basketball squad this winter in her first year of public school.

Yet another freshman with a strong finish was Rachel Butler who earned third place accolades in both the hurdle events. She ran the 100 Meter Hurdles in 19:14 and the 300 Meter Hurdles in 51:44.

According to head track coach Cory Shelnutt, junior newcomer Miranda Harbin has been a leader early on for the young squad and she scored a solid third place finish in the Long Jump (15-4.5) and a fourth place finish in the 100 Meter Dash with a time of 13.14.

Senior Shania Jackson captured third in the 200 Meter with a time of 28.04.

Two more freshman earned top points for the Lady Braves. Multi-sport athlete Hermonie Garza finished fourth in the long jump and fifth in the 200 Meter. Alyssa Brown finished third just behind Caldwell in the High Jump.

Other Lady Braves earning top eight finishes individually and as part of relay teams at the meet included Lacey Hindman, Kamryn Smith, Avery Barnes, Morgan Kay and Samantha Minix.

Freshman Beth Taylor throwing the Discus earlier this year (Photo: Penny Hood)

Coach Shelnutt thinks the Lady Braves as a team can be strong contenders at region this year.

“Temple has some awesome sprinters and Lamar County is really loaded this year, but I like our chances if our girls continue working hard and improving with each meet,” says Shelnutt.

The top Brave male finisher of the day was junior Jartavious “J.T.” Thornton who notched a first place finish in the 110 Meter Hurdles. He also earned a seventh place finish in the Triple Jump.

Football/basketball player Tray Dunson’s speed translated well to the track with a strong second place finish in the 100 Meter Dash.

Sophomore Corbin Ashworth finished third in the 3200 Meter Run and junior football player Mack Smith was fourth in the Discus Throw and fifth in the Shot Put.

In relay action, the speedy team of Thornton, Dunson, Tae Gray, and Micaiah Austin grabbed fourth place in the 4×100 and the team of Austin, Gray, Dunson, and LaQuincy Sheppard notched eighth place in the 4×400.

Other top eight male finishers included Ethan Lawson, Christian Quick, and Bailey Scarborough.

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