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Big day for SEB
Billie Jean and Don Plankenhorn, standing center, pose with the Southeast Bulloch girls track and field squad after their win at the 11th annual Plankenhorn Invitational Saturday afternoon in Brooklet. The event's namesake comes from the Plankenhorn's son, Derrick, who was a member of the Yellow Jackets' boys team before passing away in 2003. - photo by RACHEL JACKSON/special

       BROOKLET — For the second consecutive season, the Southeast Bulloch girls brought home first place in one of their biggest meets of the year.
        The Lady Yellow Jackets blew past the competition, building a 70-point difference between themselves and second place to claim the girls team title at the 11th annual Plankenhorn Invitational Saturday afternoon.
        SEB’s girls claimed first place finishes in eight out of 16 events en route to piling up 192 total points on the day — far surpassing second place Effingham County’s 122 points.
        “We couldn’t have asked for more,” SEB girls coach Jolie Britt said. “The weather was fantastic and we performed great. I think that today can be a great starting point for the improvements we want to make moving forward.”
        The Lady Jackets got contributions from familiar and new faces alike.
        Veterans Jasmine Roberts and Philicia Batton had great showings. Roberts finished first in the long jump and high jump, second in the 100-meters and anchored the first-place 4x100 and 4x400 squads. Batton placed first in the high jump and 100-meter hurdles while also participating on both relay squads.
        Mary Flott and Suzzana Smith placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 800 meters to give SEB points in an event that hadn’t produced much in years past.
       Naomi Cook swept the throwing events for SEB, taking both the shot put and the discus throw. Montana Cotton was another welcome addition to the contributors, finishing second on Roberts’ heels in the long jump.
        “This is what we’re hoping for this season,” Britt said. “We want to be more balanced. In the past, we’ve leaned on individuals pretty heavily to pull the team. Some girls have moved on, but I think that we still have a very complete team that can compete well all season.”
        The Southeast Bulloch boys also had a terrific day, placing second in their team competition, behind only Class AAAAA power Effingham County.
        SEB's boys had their best showing in the mile run and the 3200 meters as Austin Weinkauf won both events and was followed both times by teammate Quinn Pitts.
        The SEB boys and girls squads are back in action Thursday as they host Tattnall County, Effingham County, Claxton, Savannah Christian and Calvary Day.
        Mike Anthony may be reached at (912) 489-9404.