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Panthers take first place at own meet
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Liberty County’s track teams took first place last Thursday at home in their first meet of the season.
The Lady Panthers scored 119 points for first place, with South Effingham coming in second with 105. Liberty County sophomore Courtney Bennett cleared 105 feet in the discus for first place. Briannae Gadson placed third in the discus with a throw covering 74 feet. Gadson and Bennett placed second and third in the shot put, respectively.
Lady Panther Nahtae Thompson placed third in the long jump, clearing 14 feet, 2 inches. Thompson also placed second in the 300-meter hurdles, finishing in 54.98 seconds. The Lady Panthers 4-x-400 relay team earned first place, clocking in at 51.5 seconds. Lady Panther Diamond Gadson placed first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.9 seconds.
Ajiah Lewis placed third in the 400 dash (1 minute, 3 seconds), and Nakyus Dean earned first in the 200 dash (27.5). The Lady Panthers’ 4-x-400 relay team finished second, clocking in at 4:51.
In the boys’ division, the Panthers scored 106 points for the first, while South Effingham was second with 94.
Panther Kharn Ellison tossed the discus 91-6 to place first. In the triple jump, Anthony Dabson placed third, clearing 42-1. Shadrach Thornton placed first in the long jump at 21-1. Rashawn Harris earned first place in the 300 hurdles (43.35) and Khalled Barrett placed third in the 1600 run (5:11).
Thorton placed third in the 100 dash (10.9) and Dabson placed third in the 400 dash (53.4). Willis Bowman placed third in the 200 dash (23.3) and the Panthers’ 4-x-400 relay took second place (3:39).
Other schools participating were Wayne County, Groves, Richmond Hill and Effingham County.
The track teams were scheduled to host another meet Thursday. The Courier will post those results once they become available.
For a complete list of the results, go to

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