High-point performer Alexus Shaw led the Pierce County Lady Bears to the Region 1-AAA championship.
Shaw, who signed a letter-of-intent with Georgia State University last week, won the 300-meter hurdles, long jump and high jump, and helped the 4x100m and 4x400m to first-place wins during the two-day region meet at Southeast Bulloch April 11-12.
Shaw will be joined by five other teammates participating in individual events during the Saturday, April 30, Class AAA state sectional at SEB.
Only the top four individual performers from each event advanced to the sectionals, which will also include the top performers from Region 3, Region 7 and Region 8. The top eight in each event from each of the two sectional meets will converge for the finals in Albany and Jefferson.
PCHS finished with 106.5 points to win the region crown over Islands (89.5) and end the reign of SEB’s Lady Yellow Jackets (86). The rest of the field included Appling County (69), Tattnall County (62.5), Dodge County (49.5), Savannah Arts (32), Toombs County (28), Brantley County (27), Savannah (22), Johnson-Savannah (20) and Jenkins (15).
Tattnall County dominated the boys’ meet finishing with 148 points. The rest of the field’s finishing order were SEB (103), Appling County (76), Dodge County (69), PCHS (67), Jenkins (33), Toombs County (32), Johnson-Savannah (21), Islands (20), Brantley County (17), Savannah Arts (16) and Beach (10).
The Bears will send six individuals to the sectionals and the No. 2 4x400m relay team.
Shaw (46.01 seconds) won by four seconds in the 300m hurdles finals. She also had the fastest time (47.35 sec.) in the 10-person prelims. Shaw won the 19-person long jump event with a leap of 17’5”. She won the eight-person triple jump event soaring 36’8.5”.
PCHS’s No. 1 4x100m relay team (51.02 sec.) captured first in the eight-team finals after posting the fastest time (51.31 sec.) in the 11-team prelims.
The No. 1 4x400m relay team set a season-best mark of 4:19.37 minutes to win by five seconds. The Lady Bears posted a time of 4:24.23 in the 12-team prelims.
Kimberly Gray won the 10-person high jump event clearing the bar at 5-foot. KellyAnn Howard finished third at 4’8”.
Keara Clark (2:36.79 minutes) secured a sectional bid with a second-place finish in the 800m. The winning time was 2:34.63 minutes. Clark had the third-fastest time in qualifying at 2:40.14 minutes. She also finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 32’4.5”.
Faith Boyette (17.32 sec.) placed second in the 100m hurdles after posting the third-best qualifying time of 17.84 seconds in the nine-person event.
Myesha Snipes (51.90 sec. - season best) finished fourth in the 300m hurdles. She also had the fourth-fastest prelim time (52.86 sec.).
In the 22-person 100m prelim races, Ginny Aldridge (13.37 seconds) and Kimberly Gray (13.09 sec.) posted the sixth- and eighth-best qualifying times. In the eight-person finals, Aldridge (13.54 sec.) and Gray (13.59 sec.) placed seventh and eighth. The winning time was 12.85 seconds and the fourth-best time was 13.34 seconds.
Zaria Thomas (28.43 sec. - season-best) placed sixth in the 200m finals after finishing eighth (28.94 sec.) in the 21-person prelim. Kai-Kai Bell (31.57 sec.) placed 19th in the prelim round. The eventuall winning time was 26.73 seconds and the fourth-best time was 27.70 seconds.
Ellington Day (1:06.82 minutes - season-best) and Katey Hannah (1:08.12 min. - season-best) finished with the ninth- and 11th-best prelim times missing out on the finals. The eighth-best time was 1:06.57 minutes and the eventual winning time was 1:01.93 minutes.
Tristan Deloach (6:28.30 min. - season-best by 16 seconds) placed eighth in the 14-person 1,600m event. Neilee Lowman (8:02.97 min.) finished 14th. The winning time was 5:57.47 minutes and the fourth-best time was 6:10.20 minutes.
Alexis Jenkins (15:54.93 min.) and Kylee Royer (16:26.20 min.) finished seventh and eighth respectively in the eight-person 3,200m run. The winning time was 13:15.67 minutes and the fourth-best time was 13:58.94 minutes.
Haylea Hannah (20.11 sec.) finished eighth in both the finals and the qualifying (20.54 sec.) of the 100m hurdles.
The No. 2 4x100m relay team placed ninth in the prelims with a time of 54.40 seconds. The eighth-best qualifying time was 54.30 seconds.
The No. 2 4x400m relay team (4:56.10 min.) finished eighth in the finals after posting the seventh-best qualifying time (4:47.06 min.). The fourth-fastest time in the finals was 4:29.77 minutes.
Clark finished ninth in the long jump with a leap of 14’4”. The fourth-best mark was 15’3”.
Mackenzie Davis (24’5.5”) placed 15th in the 22-person shot put event. Sara Beth King (22’9.5”) finished 19th. The winning mark was 34’11” and the fourth-best mark was 30’.
King (66’2” - season-best) finished 13th in the 19-person discus throw while Kenyatta Hicks (61’5”) placed 18th. The winning mark was 98’5” and the fourth-best mark was 87’8”.
For the Bears, Dalton Newsome registered the highest finish placing second in the discus with a throw of 120’1”. The winning mark was 126’4”.
Stetson Bennett (11.30 sec.) traded in his baseball uniform to participate in the 100m event and finished third in the finals. Bennett posted a time of 11.29 in the 21-person prelim, the fifth-best time. The eventual winning time was 11 seconds.
Chase Royer (2:11.01 min.) finished third in the eight-person 800m event. The winning time was 2:03.55 minutes.
Leroy Mason (41.65 sec. - season-best) finished third in the 12-person 300m hurdles. Mason posted the sixth-best time in the 12-person prelims. The winning time was 40.75 seconds.
Emmanuel Jernigan finished third in the nine-person high jump clearing the bar at 5’10” (season-best). The winning mark was 6’4”.
Dalton Malone finished fourth in the six-person pole vault with a career-best height of 10’. The winning mark was 11’.
PCHS’s No. 2 4x400m relay team finished fourth in the finals with a season-best time of 3:36.63 minutes. The winning time was 3:30.10 minutes. The No. 2 team posted a seventh-place finish in the 15-team prelims.
Shyheim Clark (11.98 sec.) finished 12th the 100m prelim. The eighth-best time was 11.89 seconds.
Dee Bethea (23.76 sec.) posted the ninth-best prelim time in the 22-person 200m race. Clark (24.35 sec.) was 11th. The eighth-best qualifying time was 23.68 seconds and the eventual wining time was 22.11 seconds.
Royer (54.65 sec.) posted the 10th-fastest time in the 23-person 400m prelims with Freddie Foster (56.13 sec.) having the 13th fastest. The eighth-best qualifying time was 54.61 seconds and the eventual winning time was 50.96 seconds.
Dalton Pender (5:06.25 min. - season-best) placed ninth in the 16-person 1,600m run with Alan Pike (5:19.57 min.) finishing 13th. The winning time was 4:42.52 minutes and the fourth-best time was 4:50.65 minutes.
Pender (11:14.82 min. - season-best) finished eighth in the 18-person 3,200m run with Pike (11:52.69 min.) placing 14th. The winning time was 10:30.34 minutes and the fourth-best time was 10:44.96 minutes.
Kylill Miles (16.41 sec. - season-best) and Mason (16.58 sec.) finished fifth and sixth respectively in the 110m hurdles. The winning time was 14.79 seconds and the fourth-best time was 15.79 seconds.. Mason posted a 16.02-second (season-best) time in the prelims, the fifth-best time. Miles qualifed sixth with a time of 16.87 seconds.
Miles (42.58 sec.) finished fifth in the 300m finals after posting a time of 42.36 seconds to finish second in the prelims. The fourth-best time in the finals was 41.98 seconds.
The No. 1 4x100m relay team placed fifth in the finals with a season-best time of 44.43 seconds. The winning time was 43.16 seconds and the fourth-best time was 44.33 seconds. PCHS placed fifth in the 15-team prelims with a time of 45.05 seconds.
The No. 2 4x100m relay team was disqualified in the prelims for exchange infraction.
The No. 1 4x400m relay team finished sixth in the finals with a time of 3:41.39 minutes. The squad posted a 3:41.74-minute fifth-place qualifying time.
Bethea did not qualify in the high jump after not clearing the bar.
Tyler Foreman was edged out by Malone for the final spot in the pole vault. Foreman’s height of 9’6” was the fifth-best mark.
Jernigan (17’6.5”) finished 11th in the 18-person long jump event with Mason (17’3.25”) placing 14th. The winning distance was 20’10.5” with the fourth-best mark 20’.75”.
Kenny Hill (39’5”) placed seventh in the 12-person triple jump with Royer (37’6”) finishing ninth. The winning mark was 44’1” and the fourth-best was 41’10.5”.
Britt Williamson (38’5.5” - season best) had the 11th-best heave in the 21-person shot put event. Renard Matthews (36’9”) finished 13th. The winning mark was 49’5” and the fourth-best mark was 42’9.5”.
Luke Williams (97’2”) placed 12th in the discus. The fourth-best distance was 108’5”.