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AOTW: Hagans shines at Friday Night Lights meet
Amoi Hagans was top finisher in the 100-meter and 200-meter at the Friday Night Lights track meet. - photo by Special Photo

COVINGTON, Ga. — The Newton High School boys and girls track teams competed in the Friday Night Lights track meet at Starr’s Mill High School in Fayetteville. The top finisher for the Lady Rams in both the 100-meter and 200-meter was Amoi Hagans. 

Hagans, a sprinter for this year’s team, recorded a 12.86 finish in the varsity girls 100-meter, which placed her 14th out of 45 runners. In the varsity girls 200-meter, Hagans finished with a 26.48 time that put her 15th overall in a field of 46 runners. 

It was satisfying for Hagans to have a consistent finish. 

“Being that our team had a back-to-back meet Thursday and Friday at the Newrock Championship where I set a personal record  in the 200, and had a consistent time in my 100, I am very pleased with my performance at Friday Night Lights.” 

Hagans first started running track in sixth grade at Clements Middle School and joined the Newton High School varsity track team last year as a freshman. 

So far this season, specifically, Hagans has recognized progress she’s made as a runner. 

“While running track this year, I think I’ve grown the most mentally,” Hagans said. “This year has mostly been a mind over matter type of thing, which helped me fight through my races and workouts no matter how hard they get.” 

Furthermore, Hagans has been a part of the NHS varsity cheer squad the past two years and is involved in the Rambassador Club this year, too. 

Currently, Intro to Law class with Terrance Demps is categorized by Hagans as her favorite class she’s enrolled in. 

But her success on the track is fueling Hagans’ future aspirations for after high school. Hagans is in pursuit of a scholarship for track to run on the collegiate level. She also plans to enroll in nursing school to become an obstetrician. 

For now, though, Hagans is using this year’s success and the meets remaining as a way to develop and grow on the track. 

“So far this year, this track season has had many ups and downs,” Hagans said. “I’m taking this season as more of a learning season to work on my craft so I’m able to reach my full potential by next year. To improve moving forward from Friday’s meet, I noticed that every race is run differently, but as long as I give it my all I can leave the rest in God’s hands.”