The Lady Eagle senior standout posted a personal-best time of 11.85 seconds to win the 100-meter dash, then captured the sectional title in the 200 (24.75) and was also part of the second-place 400-meter relay (50.38) and fourth-place mile relay (4:21.82), marking the first time in program history Mt. Zion will be sending both relays to state.
Wood was joined by Corrssia Perry, Jordan Crews and Lexi Ackles in the sprint relay, while Wood, Perry, Ackles and Jennifer Bagby made up the mile relay squad.
Ackles also qualified individually in the 400-meter dash (1:03.55) with a seventh-place finish, while Bagby ran a personal-best in the 300 hurdles (55.02), though she came up short of qualifying, taking 12th place.
“It’s good to be in this position at this time of the year when you can say just that — that we have a chance to go back again. A fourth consecutive year and five out of the last six years,” MZ coach Nolen Wood said of qualifying for state..
“We really have some kids that have stepped up. Our freshmen, Jordan Crews and Lexi Ackles, you know, they’ve never ran at the varsity level before. Between Crews and Ackles and [Bayli] Bentley, they’ve been alternating in and they realize that it’s just like any other game. We may not have the same people each time, but each day we prepare to put in who can do the job. This time it was Crews that stepped up.”
The Bowdon boys also had a solid showing on Saturday led by senior Maricio “Poo Poo” Askew and sophomore Marcus Thurman, who both qualified in two individual events, as well as teaming up with Alonzo Wyatt and Wezley Stephens in the 400-meter relay.
Askew qualified by winning both the long jump (22-4.5) and the 100-meter dash (10.63), but didn’t compete in the 200 because of muscle stiffness.
Thurman qualified in both hurdle events, taking sixth in 110-meter hurdles (16.40) and seventh in the 300-meter hurdles (42.49).
Wyatt qualified for the triple jump (39-10) in eighth place and the first-place relay team charged in at 42.72 seconds.
“Real good day. Was hoping to get Askew in the 200, but he tightened up a little bit and thought it was best not to do the 200. But a real good day. Got Marcus in both hurdles as a bonus. Thought he might get in one, but he got into both and got Alonzo in the triple jump, which was a big plus for him,” Bowdon coach Jeff Herren said.
Bremen qualified six boys to Jefferson and five girls in seven events to Albany on Saturday.
Erin Vaughn took first in both the shot put (41-9.75) and the discus (119-7) to lead the Lady Blue Devils.
In the pole vault, Laura Sewell finished second (10-6) with Sarah Zimmerman taking sixth (9-0), while Ashley Camp finished seventh in both the mile (5:47.84) and the two-mile (12:55.64) and Amelia Tochtrop finished eighth in the 300-meter hurdles (53.66).
On the boys side, Ethan Stiles had the highest finish, placing second in the high jump (6-2), while Ty Ward took seventh in the 110-meter hurdles (15.50) and Josh Waldrop finished fifth in the pole vault (11-0) — the same height as Dylan Sheppard, who took seventh on attempts. Josh Johnson qualified with a seventh-place finish in the 400-meter dash (52.73) and Noah Mills took eighth in the shot put (42-8.25).
Blue Devil coach Scott Hodges could not be reached for comment as of press time Saturday evening.
Class AAAA West Sectional at Starr’s Mill
The Villa Rica High School track and field program will be sending three athletes to state, as seniors B.J. McCoy and Larcel Coilton qualified on the boys side, while senior Britney Wright got through for the Lady Cats — all with third-place finishes in Fayetteville.
McCoy captured third place in the shot put with a throw of 50 feet, while Coilton (46-2) and Wright (37-0) both earned their state bid in the triple jump. Simone Stubblefield fell just short of qualifying in the discus, finishing in ninth place — just one spot off from earning a trip to Albany.
“We’re just really proud of all of them. I’m glad they did a great job,” VR coach Jason Jackson said. “They had some scratches in there, which probably were their better jumps [for Wright and Coilton], but I think they got better [Saturday]. It was hot for them, and they weren’t used to it being this hot and jumping in these conditions. But it was a good day for jumping and I thought the kids did well.”
Class AA West Sectional at Greater Atlanta Christian
Temple coach Steve Robinson could not be reached to report his team’s results as of press time on Saturday evening.