Pierce County senior Alexus Shaw repeated as the Class AAA 300-meter hurdles champion winning the event Saturday in Albany.
Shaw, who signed a letter-of-intent with Georgia State University, won the event with a personnel-best time of 44.09 seconds in nipping Westside-Macon’s Iycis Hammock’s time of 44.34. She won the meet last year with a time of 44.65 seconds.
The PCHS senior posted a sixth-place time in the two qualifying heats with a mark of 48 seconds. Only the top eight in the field of 16 advanced to the finals.
The 10 points garnered by Shaw helped the Lady Bears to a seventh-place finish in the final standings with 24.50 points. Pierce finished 11th a year ago.
Jackson-Atlanta won the title with 62.20 points. Blessed Trinity (55.20 points), Westminister (46), Westside-Macon (43), Cedar Grove (32.50), and Haralson County (28) finished ahead of PCHS.
There were 44 schools that netted at least one point at the finals. The Lady Bears topped the totals of Region 1 mates Appling County (25th, eight points), Toombs County (36th, three points) and Southeast Bulloch (43rd, 1.20 points).
Shaw had two other Top 5 finishes with a runner-up position in the triple jump (37’8.5”) and a fourth-place showing in the long jump (17’8”). Zoe Jordan of Westside-Macon won the triple jump (37’11.25”) and Tyreon Coleman won the long jump (18’2”).
KellyAnn Howard finished seventh in the high jump clearing the bar at 4’10” earning PCHS’s other points. West Hall’s Mia McKenny won the event at 5’4”.
Keara Clark placed 12th in the triple jump with a leap of 32’11.5”.
Clark and Faith Boyette placed seventh in their respective heats in the 800m and 100m hurdles. Clark was time at 2:40.53 minutes in the 800m with the eighth-place time being 2:26.24. Boyette ran a 17.46-second 100m hurdles with the eighth-best time to advance set at 16.43 seconds.
Neither of the Lady Bears’ relay teams advanced out of the preliminary heats. The 4x100m team of Ginny Aldridge, Clark, Howard and Shaw finished fifth in their heat with a time of 50.97 seconds. The 4x400m team of Clark, Ellington Day, Katey Hannah and Howard were eighth in their heat with a time of 4:23.17 seconds.