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Liberty runs to top at first home meet
Panthers place first, girls second
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The Liberty County High School track and field teams both placed in the top two Thursday during their first home meet.
The Panther boys scored 127 points to take the top spot in their division. Wayne County placed second with 112 points, and Richmond Hill had 100 points for third place.
Meanwhile, the Lady Panthers finished second with 124 points, just two points shy of Wayne County’s for the top spot. Richmond Hill’s girls’ team took third with 92 points.
Lady Panthers Courtney Bennett and JaVoni Canty took first and second, respectively, in the discus throw. Bennett cleared 124-feet, 6-inches, and Canty hit 104-2. For the boys, Kharn Collier Ellison placed third in the discus at 91-9.
In the shot put, Lady Panther Brianae Gadson cleared 36 feet to earn first place. Anthony Stewart claimed third place in the boys’ division with a toss of 40-4.
The Lady Panthers also earned first place in the girls triple jump when Destiny Hall leapt 31-4. Christian Rivera leapt 35-4, giving Liberty a third-place spot in the boys’ triple jump
D.J. Bratcher clinched second place in the boys’ long jump by clearing 19-7.25. In the high jump, Jeremey Caldwell-Fabergas nailed first place at 6-0. Asia Rankin leapt 4-6 for third in the girls’ event.
In the 4x100-meter relay, the Liberty boys’ and girls’ teams each took first place. The boys clocked in at 44.4 seconds, and the girls finished in 50.26.
Rashawn Harris (52.96) and Ajiah Lewis (1:05.09) earned second place for the boys’ and girls’ 400 dash. In the 100 dash, Chris Williamson came in second for the Panther boys (11.49), and Fabergas was in third (11.53). In the girls’ race, Diamond Gadson finished second (12.62) and Olivia Wallace placed third (12.69).
The boys’ and girls’ 4X400 teams took second place with the boys finishing in 3:40 and the girls clocking in at 4:45.
Liberty will host another track meet at 4 p.m. Thursday.

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