2019-03-13 / Sports

Bears fare well in opening track meet

DIANA ROYAL


At right, Kianni Westbrook serving up some sweet speed over the hurdles. She won first place in both the 100-m and 300-m hurdles. At right, Kianni Westbrook serving up some sweet speed over the hurdles. She won first place in both the 100-m and 300-m hurdles. Burke County’s tracksters dealt with less than favorable weather conditions for their first track meet of the 2019 season, pulling several first place finishes along the way.

The girls came in first place with 86 points, followed by Evans with 68 and Warren County with 4. Four individual athletes took first place in their events: Kianni Westbrook, 100-meter hurdles (16.58 seconds) and 300-m hurdles (51.56); Qua’Nesha Hamilton, long jump (17 feet, 4 inches) and triple jump (35’11”); Sarah Abumere, 400-m (1 minute, 0.62 seconds); and Ar’Nyya Walden, shot put (29’4½”). The girls 4x400 relay team of Abumere, Westbrook, Laila Jackson and Hamilton also finished in first place with a time of 4:34.

On the boys’ side, Burke County finished second with 42 points. Evans was on top with 61 while Warren County had 40 points. Finishing in first place were Jacari Cooley, 110-m hurdles (15.35) and 300-m hurdles (41.18); Donerius Jones, shot put (44’7”); Exavier Jackson, 800-m (2:31); and Leon Mcgee, 200-m (22.39).

Head coach Purvis Dukes said, “The kids did an awesome job of performing, and we look forward to improvement as the season progresses.”

The Bears host Grovetown and Jenkins County at home this Thursday, March 14, beginning at 4 p.m.

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