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High winds hold down meet at BA
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Bulloch Academy’s Troy Poulin stretches out for distance in Wednesday’s long jump competition at Bulloch Academy. - photo by RAHN HUTCHESON/Special to the Herald
    High winds severely hampered individual performances at Bulloch Academy’s three-team track meet with Pinewood Christian and Augusta Christian Wednesday but both the Gator boys’ and girls’ both captured the top team spots.
    Bulloch’s boys nipped ACS by two points, 76-74, while the Lady Gators rolled up 70 points for a comfortable victory.
    Bulloch was down by three points going into the final event, the 4x400m relay. The race was nip and tuck between the BA No. 1 team (Chan Newton, Jordan Walker, Troy Poulin and Ethan Lovett) and the Augusta Christian No. 1 team.
    Behind by about five meters when he took the baton on the last leg, Lovett made up ground on the ACS runner and passed him on the back stretch. The BA senior held off the challenge and won by .40 of a second.
    But it was the third-place finish of the BA No. 2 team (Ben Stephens, John Manack, Will Johnson and Kelly Williams) which gave the Gators enough points for the team victory.
    Lovett and Poulin were Bulloch’s workhorses on the day. Lovett won the pole vault, the 110-meter hurdles and the 300m hurdles and also run a leg on the winning 4x100m relay team (with Poulin, Newton and Darion Carter). Poulin prevailed in the 100m dash and the 400m dash.    
    Other first-place winners for the Gator guys were Manack (1600m run) and Newton (high jump). Second-place points were garnered by Manack (3200m run), Matthew Sapp (pole vault), Paul Son (discus) and Williams (800m run).
    In the girls’ meet, Rachel Gilbert won the 400m run, was second in both the 200m dash and the long jump and ran the anchor legs of the first-place 4x100m relay team (with Taylor Collins, Whitney Hinson and Kaylee Lanier) and the winning 4x400m relay team (with Kelcie Jacobs, Lanier and Collins).
    First-place points were also won by Rebekah Beasley (pole vault), Haley Burke (1600m run), Kaylee Dennard (300m hurdles) and Jacobs (800m run).
    Other second-place winners were Burke (3200m run), Sally Marie Futch (shot), Hinson (triple jump and high jump) and Collins (400m run).
    Bulloch Academy hosts a six-team meet on March 26.