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Statesboro coasts to 1st place finish at Womack

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Statesboro coasts to 1st place finish at Womack

    A cold and windy evening couldn’t stop Statesboro from burning up the track as it easily coasted to a first place finish for both boys and girls in a home meet Wednesday at Womack Field.
    The Blue Devils’ first scheduled home meet was canceled last week, making Wednesday’s events just the second competition of the season. Final team totals for the meet — which included Effingham County, Emanuel County Institute and Claxton — won’t be official until today, but both the boys and girls of Statesboro dominated the top spots of enough events to ensure victories for both.
    “I was very pleased with what I saw out of the boys and girls tonight,” SHS coach Rico Campbell said. “The biggest thing is just to see the improvement. It’s sometimes hard to get good times out of practice because you don’t have that same urgency and competition. We did pretty well in our first meet, but it was good to see all of our times improve from our first meet to our second.”
    Whether it was on the track or in the field, Blue Devils dominated in nearly every event.
    Top performers for the boys included Octavian Canty, who won the 200 and 400 meter sprints and ran a leg of the first-place 4x400 relay squad, as well as Quan Daniels, who took the top spot in the 100 meter das on the track and was the top performer in both the long jump and triple jump.
    Other first place finishers for the SHS boys included Andrew Chavers in the 110-meter hurdles, Andreas Ward in the 300-meter hurdles, and David Donaldson in the shot put.
    Fresh off of leading the Statesboro basketball team to a Final Four appearance, Zaquavian Smith anchored the first-place 4x100-meter relay team.
    The Lady Devils were equally impressive.
    Keyonna Gusby took the top slot in both the 100 and 300-meter hurdles and her first-place high jump of 5’6” set an unofficial school record.
    Genevieve Okafor also won three separate events, taking the long jump, 200-meters and 400-meters.
    Other winners for the girls included Alexus Tremble in the triple jump, Shanikwa Buie in the discus throw, and Mahogany Lanier in the 100-meter dash.
    The Lady Devils joined the boys to complete a clean sweep in the relay races, taking both the 4x100 and 4x400 contests.
    “I think that we’ve done a good job of combining our teams and creating a competitive culture,” Campbell said. “At a lot of schools, the girls and boys are separate from each other. You’ll see a school with a good boys team and a bad girls team and vice versa. We like building a big family with both. They compete all of the time and drive each other to be better.”
    Statesboro will get its stiffest competition yet this weekend as the Devils travel to Atlanta to take part in the Atlanta Games Invitational, which will bring over 30 schools into the field.
    “We want to test ourselves,” Campbell said. “We’re going to get that test this weekend. It will be tough, but it’s also going to make us better moving forward.”

    Mike Anthony may be reached at (912) 489-9404.

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