Pierce County High School’s track programs will have nine individual performers and two relay teams competing at the Class AAA finals this month.
The Lady Bears are sending six individuals and two relay teams after Top 8 qualifying performances Saturday at the South sectional at Southeast Bulloch High School. The Bears had three individuals qualify.
Athletes from Regions 1, 3, 7 and 8 converged at SEB with hopes of earning a spot in the state finals with a Top 8 finish. Regions 2, 4, 5 and 6 competed in the North sectional at Gordon Central High School in Calhoun.
The girls’ Class AAA finals will be contested Thursday-Saturday, May 5-7, in Albany at Hugh Mills Stadium. The boys’ finals will be run Thursday-Saturday, May 12-14, in Jefferson.
During Saturday’s meet, Alexus Shaw captured two individual titles and a runner-up to lead the Lady Bears. Shaw won her specialty event, the 300-meter hurdles, with a season-best mark of 44.78 seconds. The winning time in the North was 45.21 seconds.
Shaw captured the triple jump with a season-best mark of 37’8.5”. That topped the mark of 37’4.75” in the North.
Shaw finished second in the long jump with a leap of 18’1.75”. Shatrice Dixon of Washington County had the best distance at 18’4”. Each bettered the 17’8.5” distance from the North.
Pierce’s 4x100m relay team finished second with a season-best time of 50.83 seconds. Laney (Augusta) won the event with a time of 50.62 seconds. The winning time in the North was 48.18 seconds.
The 4x400m relay team also finished second with a season-best time of 4:16.59 minutes. East Jackson High School posted a winning time of 4:11.58. The North’s best time was 4:02.25.
Keara Clark, who qualified in two events, finished fourth in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 35’2”.
Faith Boyette finished fifth in the 100m posting a time of 17.51 seconds. Tyreon Coleman of Butler High School had the fastest time at 15.91 seconds. The winning time in the North was 15.70 seconds.
KellyAnn Howard finished fifth in the high jump clearing the bar at 4’10”. Mia McKensey of West Hall High School won the event with a mark of 5’2”. The winning height cleared in the North was 5’6”.
Clark placed sixth in 800m with a time of 2:33.33 minutes. Sue Ann Morales of East Jackson High School registered a winning time of 2:18.40. The North’s best time was 2:19.79.
Kimberly Gray finished 11th in the high jump with a height of 4’6”. The eighth-best mark at the sectional was 4’8”.
Myesha Snipes placed 13th in the 16-person 300m race posting a time of 53.69 seconds. The eighth-best time was 51.41 seconds.
The Bears’ Leroy Mason, Emmanuel Jernigan and Dalton Newsome all qualified to compete in the state finals.
Mason finished third in the 300m hurdles posting a season-best time of 41.31 seconds. Dodge County’s Larry Johnson posted a time of 40.65 seconds to win the event. The winning time in the North was 39.22 seconds.
Jernigan jumped to a fourth-place finish in the high jump clearing the bar at 6-foot. The winning mark was 6’2” by Tyree Brown of Toombs County, an eighth-grade student at the middle school. The North’s best mark was 6’4”.
Newsome placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 126 feet. Donte Wilson of Jefferson posted the best mark at 152’1”. The winning mark in the North was 151’8”.
Pierce’s 4x400m relay team was 11th in the 14-team event with a time of 3:39.37 minutes. Tattnall County won by four seconds with a time of 3:25.05. The eighth-best time was 3:35.07.
Stetson Bennett finished 12th in the 100m event with a time of 11.59 seconds. Mecole Hardman of Elbert County, who will play football at UGA, was clocked at 10.77 seconds. The eighth-best time was 11.37 seconds.
Chase Royer placed 12th in the 800m event posting a time of 2:09.22. Dawson County’s Jacob Poston recorded the winning time of 2:00.99. The eighth-best time was 2:06.20.