The Bulloch Academy girls’ track team rolled up 215 points to easily capture the GISA Region 2-AAA track and field crown Wednesday at the Georgia Southern track and field complex.
Senior Pate Lomax, who sprained her ankle Tuesday night in the Bulloch Academy girls’ final regular-season soccer match, won three individual events and ran legs on two first-place relay teams to score 35 points and capture the meet’s High Point Award. Lomax’s tally is the most points that can be scored during a meet.
Lomax took the long jump with a leap of 15-8 ¾, captured the triple jump with a 32-2 ½ and was the high-jump region champion with a 4-8. She also was a part of the winning 4x100-meter relay team (53.18) and the 4x400 foursome (4:23).
Senior Ashley Burke also won three events while classmate Kristin Kingery won two. Burke swept the distance runs; winning the 3200m run with a time of 12:43, the 1600m run with a 5:54 and the 800m run with a 2:37.27. Kingery captured both the hurdles (100m, 17.21; 300m, 49.08). Burke was second in the high-point running with 32.5 points while Kingery was third with 31 points.
But, more importantly, the Lady Gators claimed 26 entries into next week’s GISA Class AAA state track meet. Athletes who finished in the top four qualified to advance to the season-ending meet, which will be held at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany on April 30-May 2.
Other qualifiers include senior Page Spence (300m hurdles, pole vault, discus, 4x100, 4x400), Kingery (long jump, 4x100, 4x400), sophomore McKenzie Crooms (400m dash, 4x100, 4x400), sophomore Mikay Sands (shot put), sophomore Dailey Averitt (200m dash, high jump, 4x100, 4x400), sophomore Hannah Potter (triple jump), freshman Mattie Wynn Hendrix (3200m run, 1600m run, 800m run, 4x400, 4x100), freshman Regan Cope (100m dash, 4x100), freshman Koree Jacobs (4x400) and freshman Brianna Rushing (4x100).
The Bulloch Academy boys took the region runner-up spot, netting 187.5 points to finish behind Trinity Christian School of Dublin.
The Gators captured only four region titles. Senior Atys Cope won the 110m hurdles (17.06), senior Dylan Stuckey took the 300m hurdles (42.87) and freshman Seth Brant scored big in the triple jump (38-7 ½). Cope and Stuckey were both a part of the region championship 4x400m relay team (3:40). Stuckey was third in the boys’ high-point running with 28.5 and Cope was fourth with 26.5.
But the Bulloch boys had plenty of seconds, thirds and fourth and will have 22 entries into the state meet.
Other state qualifiers include Stuckey (110m hurdles, shot put), Cope (300m hurdles), Brant (high jump, 400m dash, 4x400, 4x100), junior Hunter Perry (shot put, 4x100), junior Jarves Williams (100m dash, 200m dash, 4x100), sophomore Jack Fortune (long jump, 100m dash, 200m dash, 4x100), sophomore Davis Childs (4x400, 4x100), sophomore Tyce Lovett (discus), freshman Wilson Joiner (pole vault, 800m run), freshman Skyler Shuman (800m run), freshman Kyle Samuels (3200m run, 1600m run) and freshman Will Howard (4x100).