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Trojan thinclads win region; to host sectional meet

The Lamar County boys track and field team won the Region 4-AA championship at Trojan Field last week edging out Putnam County 139-132. The Trojans led the meet by 20 points after the field events before a hard charge by the War Eagles came up short in the track events. Sophomore Quay Searcy led Lamar by earning 30.5 points to best Putnam’s Carl Buckner by one point. Searcy won the indiviual championships in the high jump, long jump and triple jump and was a member of the 4x400m relay team that finished seventh. Buckner competed in five events to compile his points. Lamar’s Lawrence Austin tallied a sixth best 19.5 points competing in four events. Searcy is headed to the AA East Sectionals to compete in the three events he won at region. The sectional meet will be held at Trojan Field Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. Also representing Lamar County at the sectionals will be Lawrence Austin (1st 300m hurdles and 4th 110m hurdles), Tre Evans (1st discus), Brandon Higdo, Antwan Wallace, Lance Austin, Lawrence Austin, Marcus Brown and Sidarius Gotell (1st 4x100m relay), Higdon, Lance Austin, Lawrence Austin and Jeremy Fletcher (2nd 4x400m relay), Kyler Selsor (2nd pole vault), Jason Caslin (2nd discus), Higdon, (3rd 400m), Brown (3rd 800m), Nic Harden (3rd 300m hurdles), Searcy, Harden, Fletcher, Maurice Bloodser, Jarmarcus Walker and Ray Lyons (4th 4x100m relay) and Bo Dunn (4th pole vault). Scoring points for the Trojans at region but not qualifying for sectional were Wallace (5th 100m), Lance Austin (8th 200m and 7th triple jump), Walker (7th 400m), Walker, Searcy, Lyons, Brown and Hardin (7th 4x400m relay), Bloodser (5th long jump), Evans (6th shot put) and Alex Gardner (5th shot put). Others competing in the 4-AA meet for Lamar were Lance Austin (100m), Wallace (200m), Noah Eure (800m), Gage Clark (1600m and 3200m), Tyler Treadwell (3200m), Quentin Frazier (110m hurdles) and Fletcher (high jump). For the Lady Trojans, Briana Searcy qualified for sectionals finishing third in both the high jump and long jump. Kenesia Sullivan took third in the 110m hurdles and will also go to sectionals. Others scoring points for the Lamar girls were Tamara Watts (8th 100m), Searcy (8th 200m), Searcy, Watts, Chelsea Bentley and Jessica Caslin (6th 4x00m relay) and Maggie Varner (7th shot put). Also competing for the Lady Trojans were Caslin (100m), Bentley (400m and long jump), Lane Hammond (800m), Christine Hammond (1600m), Libby Templeton (880m and 1600m), Sullivan (300m hurdles), Watts (long jump) and Varner (discus). This is the first year the GHSA has implemented a sectional round in track and field. The top eight performers in each event will advance to the state finals next weekend in Jefferson (boys) and Albany (girls). The East Sectional will be made up of student-athletes from four regions including 81 schools. There is a $5 admission fee to the meet with Lamar County earning all of the gate minus 5% which goes to the GHSA.

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