The Lady Greyhounds needed to finish one place behind Kell in order to tie for the region title. They did just that Saturday at Creekview, placing third behind North Springs and Kell.
Pope girls coach Butch Climmons said it was great to win a share of the title. The Lady Greyhounds were region runners-up the last two years, and Climmons was counting points down the stretch.
“This has been a five-year process for us and I am just really, really pleased,” he said.
Pope and Kell tied with 117.5 points atop the girls standings, followed by Creekview (88).
I think our girls ran really well (Saturday),” Kell coach Andi Jenkins said. “They did everything we asked them to. We got points from people I didn’t think we would get points from, and we have several going to sectional, and that was our goal — to get as many as we could to sectional.”
Sequoyah was fifth with 47 points, while Sprayberry (43) was sixth and Osborne (34) eighth.
The Creekview girls entered the day in second place, but they dropped to third by the end of the day despite a strong showing in several field events.
“I’m really pleased with how well our girls ran,” Creekview coach Nathan Cline said. “We qualified several for sectionals. We almost had a few more in there but ended up with some girls who took home fifth.”
In the boys meet, Pope finished with 142 points to win its third straight region title.
Boys coach Jerad Johnson said he was proud of the athletes who qualified for sectionals, but the day was about the team.
“I’m excited beyond anything that they get to go on and compete, but from a coaching standpoint, to see the way our kids came together as a team to win a team championship means the world to me,” Johnson said.
Sprayberry (118) placed second, followed by Riverwood (88) and Kell (71). Sequoyah (48) was fifth, Creekview (45) sixth and Osborne (7) was 11th.
The top four finishers in each event qualified for next Saturday’s sectional meet at Starr’s Mill.
Pope’s Andrea Vahoua won the discus (115 feet, 3 inches), ahead of the Creekview’s Mary Kellan Carr, while Carr’s teammate, Camille Fahrnbauer, finished second to Kell’s Kendell Williams (19-6½) in the long jump.
Pope’s Athena Carpenter won the triple jump (34-1), outdistancing Creekview’s Maya Scott. Sprayberry’s Brianna Fullwood also advanced with a fourth-place finish.
In the 100-meter dash, Sprayberry dominated. Maya Marshall put up a time of 12.44 to win, followed by teammate Cheyenne Easley. Sequoyah’s Katrice Tolbert placed third, followed by Obsorne’s Avian Batts.
In the 400, North Springs’ Diaja Oliver was the winner (58.42). Kell’s Sarah Gardner finished second, followed by Sequoyah’s Tori Gregg and Pope’s Karina Hubbard.
Oliver also won the 200 (25.37), followed by Marshall and Osborne’s Gerica Jones.
In the 3,200, Pope’s Ashley Kehoe won with a time of 11:39.33, with Creekview’s Rachel Garabedian second.
In the 100 hurdles, Williams won in 13.77 — more than a full second ahead of Creekview’s Anna Dunn. Carpenter was third.
Kell’s Marielle Lewis won the 800 (2:16.23), while teammate Sarah Gardner was second. Pope’s Allison Anzelmo and Sequoyah’s Alea Johnson earned the final sectional qualifying places.
Kell’s Ledaysha Smith won the 300 hurdles (45.84), with Dunn fourth to qualify for the sectional in her fourth event.
In the boys meet, Sprayberry’s Willy Dorcin won the long jump with a mark of 21-9¾ — Sequoyah’s Derrion Rakestraw placed third — and the 400 run (50.63).
In the pole vault, Creekview’s Kyle Kampovski cleared a personal record of 11-6 but finished second. Pope’s Gerson Guzman was fourth.
In the shot put, Sprayberry’s Rod Trujillo won with a mark of 48-7, ahead of the runner-up, Creekview’s Nathan Pelletier. Sprayberry’s Malik Young and Pope’s Sean Hayden rounded out the group advancing to the sectional.
Sprayberry won the 400 relay (42.67), followed by Riverwood, Sequoyah and Pope.
In the 3,200, Kell’s Logan Poteet won in 9:57.48, with Pope teammates Steven York and Muhammad Elosta third and fourth, respectively.
Sprayberry’s Miles Wallace won the 100 dash in 10.78 seconds, Pope’s Carson Day was second and Sequoyah’s D.J. Austin fourth.
Wallace also won the 200 (22.06), with Day third.
Kell’s Jordan Jackson won the 110 hurdles (14.85) — ahead of Sprayberry’s Colin Rice (second) and Pope’s Coby Welsh (fourth) — then added the 300 hurdles title (39.94).
Pope’s DeAshton Tandy (third) and Sprayberry’s Charles Cook (fourth) also advanced in the 300 hurdles.
In the 800, Pope’s Patrick Flemming posted a victory of nearly 3 seconds, with a time of 1:59.00. Creekview’s Hunter Carter was second, followed by Pope’s Gunnar Stormark.
Pope won the 1600 relay (3:33.98), with Kell fourth.