Last season, Norcross and Peachtree Ridge High School were at the top of the leader board in the 6A-AAAAAA region for track and field. The Hawks of Mill Creek High School were not too far behind by finishing in third place; they are well aware of the two teams standing in their way. The Hawks have a very special athlete that will anchor the girls’ team who has a shot at winning the region this year.
“[When it comes to Mill Creek track and field, you can’t go too far without talking about Malayshia George. She is a 200 meter, 400 meter and high jump record holder at Mill Creek as of right now,” said Head Coach Jed Hodges.
While the Blue Devils and Lions have made their presence felt, Hodges can’t forget another Gwinnett County school that has a legacy of its own.
“You can never overlook Collins Hill – they have many state championships with the same coach,” Hodges said.
Like many basketball teams, the Hawks will open their season outside of region play. Flowery Branch and Oconee County High School will be the contenders at MCHS.
“This is the first meet for all the teams. If we have it today it will be the first meet in the state. It’s a chance for everyone to get their feet wet. Our next meet will be against Brookwood; [the Broncos] are out of our region but not out of our county,” stated Hodges.
Hodges admitted that starting with non-region opponents doesn’t necessarily give his team an advantage but could come in handy if there are some mishaps.
“Last year we started with Brookwood. It’s not a big deal [to start the season out of the region]. You have so many kids in our program that have never been to a track meet and you’re throwing them in it. They are learning it as they go. There will be some that miss their event because they will miss the call and stuff like that,” Hodges said.
Hodges won’t be jumping over hurdles today to put the finishing touches on his season opening speech; instead he will have a day without the usual fuss that most head coaches face.
“Today will be more laid back. We won’t get a chance to coach today. We will be running other things as far as making sure the races start on time,” said Hodges.
Hodges doesn’t have a plethora of record holders returning but has a few that can have an impact on how well they do this season. Dami Agboola is currently on top of the shot put standings with a distance of 39 feet and 1 inch.
If all runs smoothly, Mill Creek should be able notch a few wins under their belt today which could serve as a momentum booster before heading into conference play. The Hawks will return to action on Feb. 21 at Brookwood.