2019-03-13 / Sports

Edmund Burke dashes into track season


Track season is underway for Edmund Burke Academy, and the Spartans started things off with respectable finishes at their first meet.

Both the boys and girls teams competed at Trinity in Dublin on March 6, with the boys earning a team total of 64 points to round out the top five. Finishing ahead of EBA were John Milledge in first with 126; Pinewood, 120.5; Trinity, 100; and Covenant 85.

Senior Ryan Duffie won both the 100-meter dash (11.6 seconds) and the 200-meter dash (24.2) and was the high point scorer with 32 points in four total events.

Tripp Parker finished second in high jump with a jump of 5 feet, 6 inches, and Collier Smith placed third in shot put (39’02”). Carson Woods’ 48.05-second time earned him a third place finish in the 300-m hurdles. Both the boys 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams came in third place.

The girls finished in a tie for sixth place with Citizens Christian with 39 points. Trinity’s girls were on top with 191 followed by Pinewood with 97. Completing the top five were John Milledge, 92; Covenant, 49; and Vidalia Heritage, 46.

Sally Kate Blackburn earned a personal best in the 300-m hurdles, finishing first in a field of 15 with a time of 50.75. She also earned a second place finish in the 100-m hurdles (17.94). Marlee Mobley placed fifth in the high jump (4’0”), and Malana Williams came in fifth in the 100-m dash (14.30). The girls 4x100 relay team (Blackburn, Williams, Baylor Redd and Elaina Hirschauer) finished fifth (58.26).

A total of 10 schools com- peted in both boys and girls events. “The first track meet is always tough,” said girls coach Kasey Land, adding that at this point, they are still trying to figure out where everyone needs to be to excel individually while gaining as many team points as possible. “The only thing I can say is that it was forty degrees in Dublin when we ran, and they still powered through a tough meet. My girls and Aaron Phillips’ boys are working harder than ever and the team dynamic is incomparable. Although it was cold last Wednesday, the coaches and the kids had a successful and productive meet.”

Assisting Land and Phillips this season are Monika Mobley and Charlie Waters. Both teams consist of more than a dozen athletes in a program that is growing, and one of which Land says she is very proud of. “At practice we hear, ‘How can I get better?’ We have set schedules and routines and it makes me feel so happy to be a part of and to represent EBA because you can see a huge difference in the dynamic from where we began and where we are now.”

The Spartans travel to Brentwood in Sandersville today (Wednesday) for a 3:30 p.m. meet.

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