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Gators in the hunt at state meet
oglesby in long jump
Bulloch Academy's Chelsea Oglesby takes flight during the long jump event in the second day of the GISA Class AAA state track and field meet Friday in Albany. - photo by RAHN HUTCHESON/Special to the Herald

    ALBANY — Senior Chelsea Oglesby won her second straight Class AAA shot put state championship Friday during the second day of the GISA track and field championships at Hugh Mills Stadium.
    “It feels like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders,” she said after her put of 35-7 ½ gave her the title. “There was a lot of pressure on me to win again.”
    Oglesby said that the win was not just for her though.
    “It felt better to win this year than it did last year,” she said. “My team needs the points more than I do.”
    The 10 points that she earned with the first-place victory helped propel the Lady Gators into the lead after the field events portion of the meet. Bulloch has 64.5 total while Deerfield-Windsor from Albany has 52 and Stratford Academy of Macon has 49.
For the day, the Bulloch girls scored 62.5 points with three seconds, one third, three fourths, two sixths and a seventh.
    Oglesby was also the state runner-up in the long jump (15-5 ½) and the triple jump (33-10 ¾). Junior Pate Lomax was the state runner-up in the high jump (5-0). Senior Danielle Atkinson was third in the pole vault (7-6). Junior Page Spence took fourth in the pole vault (7-6) and in the discus (92-8) while Lomax captured fourth in the triple jump (32-8 ¾). Junior Kristin Kingery was sixth in the long jump (15-11 ¾) and freshman Dailey Averitt tied for sixth in the high jump (4-8). Junior Ashley Burke was seventh in the 800-meter run (2:28.36).
    “I was pleased with the efforts of the girls today,” said BA head girls’ coach Barbara Conner. “They all did well. I think Chelsea has personal bests in all of her events. Point wise and position wise, we finished in better shape than I thought we would. But Deerfield and Stratford had some kids step up today and pull some points away from us. One of the keys Saturday will be that we have two 4x4 relay teams. We are the only school in our meet that does.”
    The number one 4x400m relay team of Spence, Burke, Lomax and Kingery had fastest qualifying time with a 4:17.72. The number two team of eighth graders Mattie Wynn Hendrix and McKenzie Crooms, Averitt and Atkinson qualified with a 4:28.19.
    In the boys’ meet, the Gators are fifth with 23 points. Deerfield-Windsor leads the pack with 69 followed by Stratford (54), the Westfield School of Perry (34) and Southland Academy of Americus (28).
    Senior Will Bohlke was the top point man for the Gators. He was the state runner-up in the triple jump (41-11 ½) and took fourth in the long jump (20-2 ¼). Sophomore Hunter Perry tied for fifth in the high jump. Senior Daniel Hendrix took fifth in the pole vault (11-0). Senior Christopher Williams was sixth in the 800m run (2:10.14) and freshman G.C. Kimbrell was eighth in the discus (105-01).
    Both 4x400m relay teams qualified for today’s final.
    The number one team of junior Dylan Stuckey, senior Matt Sheppard, Williams and Hendrix turned in the top time (3:33.00). The second team of freshman Davis Childs, junior Atys Cope, senior John Paul Padilla and Bohlke secured its lane assignment with a time of 3:40.52.