The FPCA track team competed in the GISA Track State Tournament in Albany Georgia, April 27-29. The small team consisted of just 6 participants, 5 boys and 1 girl. Despite the small roster, the Highlanders grabbed championship medals in several events and placed well above expectations in team standings.
The only Lady Highlander participating, freshman Vivian Hinze won the state championship in the 400m with a time of 1:02. In the 200m she placed 3rd, finishing at 27.84 seconds. Hinze ran the 100m in 13.69 seconds, earning a 5th place finish. Hinze finished 7th place overall. Although she was the only female athlete participating for FPCA, Hinze accumulated enough points to put FPCA at 11th in the State for Girls track. This is Hinze's first season participating in track.
With only five participants, the Highlander Men placed 4th in the State overall. The relay team consisting of Trayvon Harris, George Mitchell, Isiah Dickey, and Sensier Carnes placed 4th in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Brandon Attical competed in the Shot Put. George Mitchell placed 3rd in the Long Jump and 5th in the 110 hurdles. This is the first year Mitchell participated in those events.
Trayvon Harris is a back to back state champion in both the 400m and the 800m events. Repeating his success from 2016, Harris beat the state with a time of 51.78 seconds in 400m. In the 800m, Harris medaled with a time of 2:04. Accumulating 22.5 points in the state meet, Harris finished 4th in the state overall.
The FPCA track team is coached by Shane Smith. This is Smith's first season as the head coach. Smith, FPCA's Athletic Director, coaches basketball, football, and cross country as well.