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Alcovy, Eastside track teams find strong start to season in opening meet
Anthony Thomas
Eastside's Anthony Thomas had a runner-up finish in the 800 meter run during the Eagles' first track meet of the season this past Saturday at Allatoona. - photo by Gabriel Stovall

ACWORTH, Ga. — Track season started with a bang for a handful of area track athletes this past weekend, as Alcovy and Eastside opened the track and field season at the Allatoona All Comers meet at Allatoona High. 

For Newton County athletes, the meet was highlighted by the performance of Alcovy’s girls 4x100 meter relay. The Tigers’ team of Katherine Hopson, Destiny Rhodes, Sanaya Scott and Kiara Lipsey finished on top with a time of 50.54 seconds, edging out McEachern by less than a second. 

The Lady Tigers placed second in the 4x800 meter relay with a time of 12:03.07, finishing a little more than half a minute behind Allatoona. 

The boys 4x100 meter relay team also won with a time of 42.67 seconds, defeating Chapel Hill fairly handily. That team consisted of Andrae Robinson, Quindrelin Hammonds, Demetrius Tuggle and Jakob Streeter. 

Meanwhile, the Eastside boys 4x400 squad, consisting of Jeff Haynes, Matthew Brown, Anthony Thomas and Keenan McDonald crossed the finish line with a 3:31.21 time, almost three seconds behind the winners from McEachern. 

Individually, it was Eastside’s Million Cooper-Conally who was the only area athlete to win first place in an individual event. Conally-Cooper took home top honors in the boys shot put by throwing for a mark of 45 feet, 10 1/2 inches. 

Alcovy’s girls team finished fourth among eight teams in team scoring with a score of 96, while the Eastside girls finished eighth. On the boys’ side, Eastside turned in a combined score of 81.66 while Alcovy finished with 73 points to finish fourth and fifth respectively. 

Several athletes for both schools finished high individually. Here are some of the top finishers for both schools.  

Girls Top Finishers

100 Meter Dash: Destiny Rhodes (Alcovy), 2nd, 13.23 seconds; Kiara Lipsey, 3rd, 13.37 seconds. 

200 Meter Dash:  Rhodes, 6th, 27.77 seconds. 

400 Meter Dash: Sanaya Scott (Alcovy), 5th, 1:02.97 

800 Meter Run: Diamond Williams (Alcovy), 6th, 2:52.69

3200 Meter Run: Daishalay Alomar (Alcovy), 2nd, 14:58.12 

300 Meter Hurdles: E-Mara Walker (Alcovy), 4th, 54.76

High Jump: Diamond Williams (Alcovy), tie-2nd, 4 feet, 4 inches. 

Long Jump: Katherine Hopson (Alcovy), 4th, 15 feet, 10 1/2 inches.

Discus: Amaya Rylie (Alcovy), 5th, 87 feet; Jovita Dave (Alcovy), 6th, 81 feet, 2 inches. 

Boys Top Finishers

200 Meter Dash: Quindrelin Hammonds (Alcovy), 2nd, 22.73; Jacorvian Zellner (Eastside), 6th, 23.70. 

400 Meter Dash: Jakob Streeter (Alcovy), 5th, 51.28.

800 Meter Dash: Anthony Thomas (Eastside), 2nd, 2:05.08; Athaniel Lewis (Eastside), 4th, 2:09.11; Maurice Johnson (Alcovy), 7th, 2:10.70. 

110 Meter Hurdles: Niagel Lundy (Alcovy), 3rd, 15.96.

300 Meter Hurdles: Antonio Macek (Eastside), 3rd, 43:66; Keenan McDonald (Eastside), 5th, 43.22. 

High Jump: Jordan Rogers (Eastside), tie-2nd, 5 feet, 6 inches; Dai’Veon Robinson (Eastside), tie-2nd, 5 feet, 6 inches. 

Long Jump: Jakob Streeter (Alcovy), 2nd, 20 feet, 8 inches; Adrien Powell (Eastside), 4th, 19 feet, 9 1/2 inches.

Triple Jump: Oliver Gerard (Alcovy), 2nd, 38 feet, 3 inches; Keenan McDonald (Eastside), 5th, 36 feet, 3 inches. 

Discus: Teddie McCloudy (Alcovy), 3rd, 119 feet, 11 inches. 

Alcovy will be back in action again Saturday with the Newton Rams boys and girls track teams at the Archer Invite. It will be Newton's first meet of the season. Eastside's next track action will be Saturday March 3 at Rome.