Four middle schools competed at a track meet on a cold and rainy Wednesday last week hosted by Tallulah Falls at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. Highlands, Summit Charter, Rabun Gap, and Tallulah Falls boys and girls middle school teams hit the track, discus, shot put, high jump and more to a large crowd of supporters cheering on the athletes at the first meet of the season.
Middle School Track Results:
Tallulah Falls- 251
Summit Charter- 192
Rabun Gap- 10
Tallulah Falls- 295
Rabun Gap- 98
Summit Charter- 74
See full results HERE.
Highlands Head Coach Jake Page said it was the team’s first meet and it was a learning experience.
“I thought all of our athletes did really well,” said Page. “First meet for a lot of the kids, so a lot are still learning, but I was very proud of the way our athletes competed. They really gave it their all.”
He added that Highlands had some top 3 finishes, including Connor Thorske who placed first in the high jump, with 5-00, a possible personal record, and Highlands relay teams all placed in the top 3.
Moving forward, Page said they’re going to need to work on exchanges to try and shave off some time in the relay department.
Summit Head Coach Gretchen Kapity said the athletes exceeded expectations, especially being the first meet of the season.
“I am pleased with how my kids did,” said Kapity. “It was cold and rainy and miserable, but most persevered and did all of their races. We had a lot of kids get new PR’s, which is great. I am especially proud of my hurdlers and jumpers who haven’t gotten much practice. My two high jump girls haven’t practiced since last year since we don’t have a mat and they both got PR’s and placed 2nd and 3rd.”
She added she is proud of Summit’s 6th graders who are new to the team this year and are working hard and putting in the effort to improve.
“The first conference meet is always a challenge because a lot of the kids haven’t been on a real track and there is a learning curve,” said Kapity. “Plus, the weather was not great. It is still sickness season, so we had a few athletes out as well.”
Highlands Olivia Cole made her rounds on both track and field competing in shot put, discus, and the 4×100 M relay. She earned a PR in discus with 50 ft. 7 in.
“I think I did good today,” said Cole. “I’m pretty glad I got a personal record.”
Summit Anna Nichols competed in the shot put, discus, and 400 M race, and also scored a PR in discus with 50 ft. 2 in.
“I think I did pretty good in the scheme of things,” said Nichols. “I definitely did better than I thought I was going to do.”
Summit Catelynn Couch said she had a couple first-time events on Wednesday and thinks she did well. After a strategy session with Cole, confidence was high minutes before Couch ran the 400 M.
“It’s all good, I know I’m going to kill it,” said Couch.
Highlands Finneaus Garner competed in hurdles, long jump, 400 M, and 100 M. He said hurdles were a little tricky, but said if you maintain your balance when you clip a hurdle, you’re not necessarily going to fall.
“I thought I did really good,” said Garner. “I didn’t knock down every one (hurdle) so I’m pretty happy about that.”
The next middle school track meet is at 4 p.m. on April 9 at Rabun Gap.
Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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