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Bulloch Academy boys, girls win track meet
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Bulloch Academy's Anna Newton clears the bar in the high jump during a track and field meet Wednesday at Bulloch Academy. Newton won the event with a leap of 5 feet. - photo by RAHN HUTCHESON/Special

    Bulloch Academy’s track teams combined for 379 points to dominate a six-team meet Wednesday at Gator Alley.
    “It’s coming together,” BA head coach Barbara Conner said. “The girls are really talented but they are working through some injuries right now. The boys are young but they have really matured and are coming on. Right now with them we are trying to nail down who will do the best job in what event.”
    The Lady Gators netted 199 points, outdistancing second-place Pinewood Christian Academy by 81. Robert Toombs Christian Academy was third with 87.5.
    The BA boys tallied 180 points, doubling up second-place Edmund Burke Academy. Memorial Day School was third with 83.
    Coming into the meet, the squads were without their respective leaders and top point-getters. Senior Taylor Collins, who dominates the high jump, the discus, the shot put and helps out in the relays, was in Valdosta competing in the Class AAA literary meet. Senior Jaylen Evans, Bulloch’s go-to guy in the long jump, the high jump and speed races, was battling an injury.
    For the girls, freshmen Pate Lomax and Ashley Burke, and junior Anna Newton won two events each as the Lady Gators captured nine firsts, nine seconds and six thirds.
    Lomax won the long jump (14-9 ¾), the 800-meter run (2:41) and ran a leg on the winning 4x400-meter relay team (4:34 with Mary Margaret Reeves, Anna Newton and Danielle Atkinson). Burke dominated the 3200-meter run (14:12), the 1600-meter run (6:01) and was second in the 800-meter run (2:43). Newton took the high jump (5-0) and the 400-meter dash (63.5).
    Other first-place Lady Gators were junior Marianna Peebles (pole vault, 6-6) and freshmen Cate Williams and Bailey Catrabone (tied for first in the shot put, 25-7).
    For the boys, junior Harrison Averitt won two events as Bulloch garnered seven firsts, eight seconds and four thirds.
    Averitt  won the triple jump (37-9), the 400-meter dash (51.9), ran a leg on the winning 4x400-meter relay team (3:54 with Forrest Spence, Themba Twala and Bailey Smith) and was second in the 100-meter dash (11.64).
    Other first-place performances by sophomore Daniel Hendrix (pole vault, 9-0), eighth-grader Hunter Perry (high jump, 5-6), freshman Aaron Best (100-meter dash, 11.6), and junior Spence (300-meter hurdles, 44.68).
    Conner was pleased with Bulloch's performance.
    “The times keep coming down,” she said. “You can’t ask for much more than that."