By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
Top performances from the weekend. With more than 60 high school teams from Georgia and Alabama competing, the 2012 Coaches Invitational, held last weekend at Georgia Tech, featured some of the region’s best athletes, who had stellar performances.
In the boys 1,600 meters, nine of the state’s top 10 times were recorded at the meet, with Peachtree Ridge junior Josh Brickell leading the way at 4 minutes, 16.13 seconds. He was followed by seniors Zane Coburn of Grady (4:17.54) and Sid Vaughn of Lakeside-Evans (4:20.65). In the 100 meters, McEachern senior Amba Etta-Tawo won in 10.58 with Chestatee senior Brandon Thompson finishing second at 10.61, the first and second fastest times in the state thus far.
In the girls 100 meters, four of the state’s current five fastest times were posted, led by Walton senior Tayla Carter’s 11.80. She was followed by Grayson senior Jasmine Abrams (11.87), Brookwood sophomore Simone Glenn (12.04) and Peachtree Ridge senior Sonkiqua Walters (12.09). In the 1,600, seven of the top 10 times in Georgia were recorded, led by Westminster junior Sahara Fletcher (5:06.08), Peachtree Ridge senior Lauren Kelly (5:07.07), Norcross junior Katherine Yost (5:07.39) and Lassiter senior Marcie Merriman (5:07.73).
Elsewhere, the M.L. King girls 400 meter relay team of Felicia Brown, Tiffany Camper, Jada Martin and Alexis Smith, ran a blistering 47 seconds at the 2nd Annual Gary Townsend Invitational, held at Southern Crescent Stadium in Jonesboro. It ties the Lions for the sixth fastest time in the nation. The Drew boys 400 meter relay team of Timothy Barnes, Andreius McBride, DeAndre McBride and Jadarius West clocked in at 41.04 to win the event in the fastest time thus far in Georgia.
Indoor All-State performers. For the first time ever the Georgia chapter of USA Track and Field has complied all-state indoor teams. Athletes were chosen based largely on their performances at the New Balance Indoor High School Nationals, held March 9-11 in New York, and the USATF South Zone Championships, held Feb. 19. Here are the girls and boys teams:
(60 meters, 200 meters) Tayla Carter, Walton; Briana Vaughn, Union Grove; Jada Martin, M.L. King.
(400) Felicia Brown, M.L. King; Chelsea Caldwell, M.L. King; Venessa Providence, Arabia Mountain.
(800) Greciana Cooper, Southwest DeKalb; Tatiyana Caffey, Miller Grove.
(1,600) Marcie Merriman, Lassiter; Cooper, Southwest DeKalb; Quandra Shanks, Brookwood.
(3,200) Grace Tinkey, First Presbyterian; Merriman, Lasssiter; Annie Kelly, Milton.
(60 meter hurdles) Kendall Williams, Kell; Sydney Griffin, Walton; Shannen-Rose Forde, Dominion Christian (GISA).
(High jump) Williams, Kell; Jaelyn Rice, Wheeler; KeAndrea Ladson, Bradwell Institute.
(Long jump) Williams, Kell; Forde, Dominion Christian (GISA); Kaitlyn Taylor, Therrell.
(Triple jump) Anasterasia Terrell, Howard; Leah Chisholm, Lakeside-DeKalb; Taylor, Therrell.
(Pole vault) Megan P. Clark, Columbus; Sydney Rodkey, North Oconee; Hadley-Reed Hancock, Deerfield-Windsor Academy (GISA).
(Shot put) Torie Owers, Athens Academy; Nyla Woods, Grady; Sarah Howard, Trinity Christian (GISA).
(Weight throw) Avana Story, Woodward Academy; Monica Phillips, Pope; Kelli Thomas, Luella.
(Pentathlon) Williams, Kell.
(60 meters) Joshua Stanford, Duluth; Brandon Thompson, Milton; Amba Etta-Tawo, McEachern.
(200) Michael Newton, Sprayberry; Jordan Moore, M.L. King; Alexander Reese, Lassiter.
(400) Newton, Sprayberry; Mark Watt, South Gwinnett; Ayrian Evans, Morrow.
(800) Cameron Thornton, Whitefield Academy; Andrew Whetten, Druid Hills.
(1,600) Morgan Malanoski, Brookwood; Adam Jones, Columbus; Thomas Miller, Westlake.
(3,200) Jones, Columbus; Preston Jones, Columbus.
(60 meter hurdles) Moore, M.L. King; Devin Williams, Kell; Alan Frye, Campbell.
(High jump) Brandon Goodman, Etowah.
(Long jump) Jamar Sims, Redan; Williams, Kell; Kareem Nicholas, Cedar Grove.
(Triple jump) Jamario Calhoun, Cedar Shoals; Obos Ikpefan, Roswell;
(Pole vault) Austin Eckenroth, Flowery Branch; Dolphurs Hayes, Westover; Eli Sumner, Tift Area (GISA).
(Shot put) Roc-M Nesbitt, New Schools of Carver; Jordan Pickerel, Athens Christian; Justin Bell, West Forsyth.
(Weight throw) Kenneth Brinson, Marist; Chase Carroll, North Cobb Christian; Josh Whitner, North Paulding.
(Pentathlon) Jordan Thomas, Luella.