From basketball, to soccer, to track.
The heart of the Bulloch Academy girls’ track team participated in three grueling sports in five days, winning a state basketball championship Saturday, tying a powerful soccer rival Monday and winning a seven-team track meet Wednesday.
The BA girls won nine events and scored 198 points to run away with a big meet at Gator Alley. The Gator guys won just four events but had plenty of seconds and thirds to net 176 points in an 11-team meet for their second win in as many weeks.
“The boys are strong and have lots of depth,” said BA track and field coach Barbara Conner. “I was tickled to death with the girls. They were all ready to go.”
Two and sometimes three heats of running events highlighted Bulloch’s second home meet of the season as afternoon temperatures hit the 80s. For many of the Lady Gators, it was the first time that they had hit the asphalt this season.
Senior Ashley Burke won the 3200-meter run (13:16) and the 1600m run (5:59). Senior Pate Lomax took the long jump (14-6) and the high jump (5-0). Senior Kristin Kingery overcame the 100m hurdles (18.03) and the 300m hurdles (50.77). Senior Page Spence won the pole vault (7-0). Freshman Mattie Wynn Hendrix took the 800m run (2:43). The foursome of Spence, Burke, Lomax and Kingery topped the 4x400m relay (4:30). All five are key members of the Lady Gator basketball and soccer teams.
Second-place finishers were Spence (discus, 85-8), Kingery (long jump, 14-31/2), Hendrix (1600m run, 6:01), freshman Ava Hiller (100m hurdles, 18.26), the 4x100m relay team of Spence, Lomax, Kingery and sophomore Dailey Averitt (54.59) and the 4x400m relay team of Averitt, Hendrix and freshmen Koree Jacobs and Mackenzie Crooms. Of these, Hiller played soccer Monday, Averitt cheered on Saturday and both Jacobs and Crooms are on the basketball team.
For the boys, senior Atys Cope won the 100m hurdles (16.91) and senior Dylan Stuckey took the 300m hurdles (44.09). Both ran legs on the winning 4x100m relay team (45.56 with junior Jarvis Williams and sophomore Jack Fortune) and the 4x400m relay team (3:48 with sophomore Davis Childs and freshman Will Howard).
Second-place points and honors went to Stuckey (shot put, 39-7; 100m hurdles, 17.88), Cope (300m hurdles, 46.80), Fortune (long jump, 18-9), Howard (high jump, 5-6), sophomore Chet Mason (800m run, 2:29), freshman Kyle Samuels (3200m run, 12:23), freshman Seth Brant (triple jump, 36-91/2).
The double-duty also extends to the boys’ squad.
Cope, Howard and Brant played soccer Monday night, Childs and Williams played on the Gator baseball team Tuesday afternoon and Samuels wrestled in the USAW Freshman National Qualifier on Saturday.