You always want to do well in your final home event of the season.
But the Bulloch Academy girls made the last home track meet more than just memorable as they rolled up a phenomenal 258 points Wednesday in a four-team meet.
"Wow!," said head coach Clint Morgan. "We had a good day."
Senior Rachel Gilbert won both the 200-meter and 400m dashes, was third in the long jump and ran legs on the winning 4x100 and 4x400m relay teams to lead Bulloch. Five other Lady Gators took firsts in Bulloch’s tune-up for the Region 4-AAA championship, which will be held next Wednesday at Augusta Preparatory School in Martinez.
"We had Spring Break last week so we didn’t have a meet," said Morgan. "The week before that, the meet was cancelled in Augusta because of rain. We wanted to give everybody a chance to run against someone other than ourselves before region."
The Bulloch Academy boys had a good day as well, scoring 162 points for the win in the five-team meet despite missing some key runners due to illness.
Senior Will Johnson won the 1600m run and took second in the 3200m run to lead the Gators.
For the girls, Gilbert clocked a 27.42 in the 200m dash and a 63.18 in the 200. The 4x100 team of herself, Mary Margaret Reeves, Anna Newton and Pate Lomax clocked a 51.49. Her 4x400m relay team, which included Newton, Emily Morgan and Taylor Collins, had a 4.24.
Sally Marie Futch won her signature events of the discus (122-6) and the shot (34-10). In February, Futch signed a college scholarship with Jacksonville University to throw for the Lady Dolphins.
Junior Emily Morgan won both the 3200m run (13.41) and the 800m run (2:42).
Other Lady Gator first-place winners were Newton (100m dash, 13.37), Lomax (1600m run, 6:15), Haley Burke (300m hurdles, 52.43) and Merrill Nelson (pole vault, 7-6).
Important second-place individual points went to Collins (shot and high jump), Nelson (100m hurdles), Newton (400m dash), Lomax (800m run) and Reeves (200m dash), Ashley Burke (3200 and 1600m runs) and Marianna Peebles (pole vault and triple jump). The number two 4x100m relay team (Peebles, H. Burke, Morgan and Collins) and the number two 4x400m relay team (Lomax, Reeves, H. Burke and Page Spence) also had seconds.
For the boys, Johnson took the 1600m with a 5:14 while fellow senior Blaine Lovett cleared 10-0 in the pole vault for the win. Sophomore Harrison Averitt took the 400-m run with a time of 54.88.
Second-place individual points were earned by Johnson (3200m), Daniel Hendrix (pole vault), Ross Rainey (high jump), Ellis Lane (long jump) and Forest Spence (300m hurdles). The number one 4x100m relay team (Lane, Evans, Lestonz Lewis and Aaron Best) and the number one 4x400m relay team (Lane, Averitt, Best and Matt Sheppard) took seconds as well.