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Lamar wins Griffin’s Ross Invitational track meet

By Ken K. Green Lamar County finished first in six of 16 events to win Griffin’s Ross Invitational track meet at Trojan Field Saturday. The Trojans’ 137.5 points were 27.5 points better than second place Southwest DeKalb in the 10 team field. Lawrence Austin led the Lamar boys with first place finishes in the 110 meter hurdles and 300m hurdles and was a member of the first place 4x100m relay team along with Sidarius Gotell, Ray Lyons and Lance Austin. Their 42.83 time ranks sixth best in all classifications this year. Quay Searcy had the highlight of the meet with a 45-6 to win the triple jump. Searcy’s jump is third best in the state this year out of all classifications and is a Mile Split US Second Team Elite Distance. Searcy also won the high jump and finished fourth in the long jump. Dalton Lawhorne took first in the pole vault followed by his brother Devin who was second in the event. Dalton also finished sixth in the 800m while Devin was fifth in the 1,600m and fourth in the 3,200m. The 4x400m relay team of Gotell, Lance Austin, Tyler Scandrett and Dalton Lawhorne placed second. Also scoring for the boys in running events were Gotell (second, 100m), Harrison Spurlock (eighth, 1,600m), Lyle Guy (eighth, 3,200) and Quentin Frazier (fourth, 110m hurdles, sixth, 300m hurdles). Scoring in field events were LJ Smith (fourth, high jump), Lawrence Austin (seventh, long jump), Noah Eure (fifth, triple jump), Rashad Johnson (sixth, shot put), Alex Gardiner (eighth, shot put), Jason Caslin (third, discus) and Akeem Colquitt (fourth, discus). Of the win, Trojan track coach James Abrams said, ‘It’s always nice to start with a win but the most important thing is to improve and move forward.’ For the girls, the Lady Trojans are young and few in numbers but showed promise in scoring 42 points for eighth place. ’I was extremely proud of our girls who competed, ‘ said Abrams. ‘Our numbers are low and we only have one senior but these girls will get better.’ The Lamar girls scored most of their points in distance running with Sydney Tenney finishing second in the 3,200m and third in the 1,600m. Kirstin Wood was third in the 3,200m. Juliette Henry was sixth in the 1,600m and seventh in the 800m. In field events, Alissa Hicks scored in three events, high jump (fourth), shot put (fifth) and discus (sixth). Maggie Varner was seventh in shot put and eighth in discus. Chelsea Bentley finished sixth in the long jump. This week Lamar County hosts the United Bank Friday Night Lights meet beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Trojan Field. Schools expected to compete in the event along with Lamar include Jeff Davis, Jones County, Spalding, Fayette County, First Presbyterian Day, Jackson, Mary Persons, Peach County and Pike County.

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