Liberty County High School hosted four local track teams Thursday afternoon for their third home meet, where the Lady Panthers earned 169 points for a first-place win after 15 events.
The Panthers boys competed in 16 events, earning 188 points for a second-place finish behind first-place Wayne County’s 194 points.
For the third time in a row, Lady Panther Courtney Bennett won the girls’ discus throw, clearing 130 feet, 1 inch. JaVoni Canty earned second, tossing the discus 96 feet, 10 inches. Bennett also took first in shot put, hitting 37 feet, 9.5 inches. Canty placed third in shot put, clearing 31 feet, 5 inches.
Panther Anthony Stewart placed third in shot put at 40 feet, 5 inches.
The Lady Panthers also took first and second in the triple jump. Brianna Reece topped the list with a leap of 31 feet, 2.5 inches. Destiny Hall placed second at 30 feet, 10 inches. Christian Rivera placed third in the men’s division at 36 feet, 5 inches.
The Panther boys took first and second place in the long jump. DJ Bratcher earned first at 20 feet, 4 inches, and Jeremy Caldwell-Fabergas was right behind him in second at 19 feet, 7 inches. In the girls’ division, Reece placed third at 15 feet, 6.5 inches.
Panther Freddie McSwain jumped 6 feet, 4 inches to take first place in the high jump. Fabergas earned second at 6 feet, 2 inches. In the girls’ division, Asia Rankin and Reece placed second and third, respectively, jumping 4 feet, 6 inches.
The Panther boys also dominated the pole vault with Thomas Fields clearing 9 feet for first and Chris Helvie clearing 8 feet for second.
The Lady Panthers and the boys topped the 4x100-meter relay. The girls’ first-place finish timed in at 50.01, and the boys clocked in at 44.2 seconds.
Panther Chris Williamson won the boys’ 400-meter dash with a time of 51.26 seconds.
In the 10-meter dash, Lady Panthers Diamond Gadson and Jaelynn James earned first and second with times of 12.20 and 12.93, respectively. In the boys’ heat, Fabergas earned second place at 11.3 seconds.
Liberty’s Rashawn Harris placed first in the 110-meter hurdles at 16.18 seconds.
In the 200-meter dash, Ajiah Lewis took second place for the girls, clocking in at 27.42, and Williamson took first for the boys at 22.12 seconds.
Harris and Rivera claimed first and third, respectively, in the 300-meter hurdles. Harris finished first at 41.49, and Rivera finished in 45.85 seconds. Lady Panther Sarah Great finished first in 55.30 seconds.
The Liberty girls took second and third places in the 4x400-meter relay, clocking in at 4:44 and 4:47. The boys took first place at 3:42 and third place at 3:45.