Rescheduled from Friday to Wednesday, Liberty County High School and Bradwell Institute track and field competed in the 14th annual Derrick Plankenhorn Invitational at Southeast Bulloch High School.
Out of the 16 teams, Liberty County’s girls finished first in their division with 136 points, 29 points ahead of Effingham County.
Alyisha Anderson was the high point award winner for the girls, and finished first in the 100-meter dash with a personal best 12.2 seconds, second in the 200-meter dash, and second in triple jump with a personal best 37-feet, 8 inches.
Asiayna Achane took third behind Anderson in the 200-meter dash, and first in the 300-meter hurdles. Dominique Roberts finished third in the 100-meter hurdles and second in the 300-meter hurdles, while Santana Robinson took third in the 100-meter dash.
In the field events, Javonna Johnson took first in the discus throw and Vivica Neal placed third in shot put.
Kiara Edwards and Dominique Rogers placed in the top three in the high jump, with Edwards taking second and Rogers taking third. In the relays, both the 4x100 and 4x400 teams placed, with the 4x100 taking first and the 4x400 team taking third.
There was a battle in the boys division between Liberty County and Bradwell along with the rest of the teams. The Tigers finished first with 145.50 points, beating the Panthers, who finished second with 90 points.
Both of Liberty’s 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams finished second in their respective races. Joshua Ferrell (400-meter dash), Roger Bizzard (800-meter relay), and Jeremiah Johnson (110-meter hurdles) finished third in their events, while Enrika Tolbert took first in the discus throw.
Terrius Crimiel was the high point award winner among the boys, taking first in the 110-and 300-meter hurdles and third in the triple jump. Crimiel was also part of Bradwell’s 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams, who finished third and first respectively.
Dominic McClinton and Da’Shawn Coleman both jumped personal bests in the high jump; with McClinton finishing first (6-6) and Coleman second (6-4). McClinton also finished second in the triple jump and Coleman also took first in the 400-meter dash, with teammate Anthony McClinton placing second.
Donald McClinton finished first in the long jump, and placed second in the 100-meter dash and third in the 200-meter dash. Wayne Barnett took third in the 300-meter hurdles, and Isaac Coleman took second in the 800-meter run.
The Tigers 4x400 relay team, consisting of Coleman, Crimiel and Anthony and Dominic McClinton, broke their previous personal best by 11 seconds in their first place finish with a time of 3:25.28.
Both Panthers coach Nathan Mims and Tigers coach DeAndre Davis were proud of their team performances. Mims was ecstatic that his girls took first and boys second, saying that this was one of their best meets of the year. Davis said that the boys’ first place finish was a big win for their program.
Bradwell is ranked second in Class AAAAAAA, which is the highest that any school has been ranked in South Georgia in the last 18 years.