Prior to the start of the season, Jed Hodges, head coach of the Mill Creek High School girls’ track and field team, noted Collins Hill High School would be a true contender this season. His words proved to be true as the Hawks and Eagles switched leads throughout their meet yesterday, but the Hawks had the final say.
The Lady Hawks finished in first place with a score of 144, CHHS tallied 124 points and the Lady Falcons of Flowery Branch High School finished third with 59 points. The boys’ also came out as the victor with a score of 134; Collins Hill came in second (124) and Flowery Branch finished third (52). While Hodges was pleased with his teams’ success, reality set it knowing their toughest road is ahead of them.
“With a big meet coming up this Saturday, neither Collins Hill nor we ran our full compliment of participants. The Icebreaker this Saturday will be the first big meet for many teams in our area. A lot will be seen at this meet,” stated Hodges.
The Hawks kicked the day off right with plenty of top three finishes; the Lady Hawks placed first in the 4×800 meter relay. Ashlyn Loudermilk finished third in the shot put with a distance of 32 feet and 6 inches. Argy Kasmokos took second place in the long jump with a distance of 15 feet and 8 inches. The tight finishes between Collins Hill and Mill Creek unfolded in the 400 meter dash as Nathan Watson of CHHS came in first with a time of 54.46; Mill Creek followed in at 51.90. In the boys 4×100 meter relay, the Eagles came in first with a time of 44.22; the Falcons placed second at 46.12.
The Eagles flew past everyone in the high jump as Devin Monroe (19 feet and 7 inches) was the overall victor; Kelton Hopkins (18 feet and 5 inches) of Collins Hill placed second.
Hannah Lopez dominated the girls 1600 meter run with a 5:50.13 finish, putting her in first place for Mill Creek. Kayla Tithof finished in third place for FBHS in the girls long jump with a distance of 15 feet and 6 inches. Alisha Parks came up just two inches short of winning the girls shot put with a throw of 34 feet and 7 inches, putting her in second place for the Falcons.
The Lady Hawks had a host of first and second place finishes and while many of the numbers didn’t exactly move Hodges, he noted the one area that his team did exceptionally well in.
“None of the events were particularly good last night, however, the triple jump has been a pleasant surprise this season to date. We have three girls that could compete for region placement. Competition is a wonderful thing,” said Hodges.
The first area meet of the season is just three days away and although the Hawks edged Collins Hill this time around, Hodges knows there won’t be a guaranteed win the second time around.
“It is an advantage in some meets if your depth is good enough to place second, third or fourth,” Hodges said.
The Icebreaker is schedule for March 2 at Collins Hill. The first gunfire is set for 9 a.m.