Middle School runners finish season at Tri-State Track Championship

Middle School athletes wrapped up their season at the Tri-State Track and Field Championships hosted by Rabun Gap Nacoochee in late April.

Schools competing at the Tri-State Track and Field Championships included Highlands, Summit, Rabun Gap, and Tallulah Falls.

Boys Teams results:

Tallulah Falls 1st

Highlands 2nd

Summit 3rd

Summit August Stewart-Payne runs the hurdles neck and neck with a Tallulah Falls runner.

Summit Coach Orlando Buck said five boys earning third out of four schools is a big win.

Summit Chase Clement holding a strong lead during the championship at Rabun Gap.

“Once again, these five gentlemen gave all they had while participating in their events,” said Buck. “They represented Summit Charter School well and deserve our congratulations for their efforts and being willing to try new events, even when they thought they couldn’t do something. I appreciate their perseverance on the field and am proud of their efforts.”

Highlands Brian De La Cruz crosses the finish line at the Tri-State Track Championship.

Buck added that Summit 8th-grader Wylie Hoffman took first in the 100 m hurdles scoring 17.48, which is the top score in Georgia for MS boys this year.

Summit Wylie Hoffman glides over a hurdle.

Girls Team results:

Tallulah Falls 1st

Highlands 2nd

Highlands Birdie Sherwood kicks off a relay race at Rabun Gap.

Highlands Cayden Pierson during a relay race headed to the finish line.

Highlands girls lost to Tallulah Falls by only 7 points, 96-89.

Highlands Claire Worley launches over a hurdle.

From left are Summit Jason Dauble, Highlands Stephen Pierson, and Summit Chase Clement.

Highlands Nicole Taylor finishes a relay race strong.

From left are Highlands Ryder Stubblefield and Timmy McDowell hanging out with two Rabun Gap runners after a race.

Highlands Stephen Pierson makes his way around the track at Rabun Gap.

Summit August Stewart-Payne barely has the lead while running hurdles.

Highlands Charlotte Westendorf watches her teammate take off after handing over the baton in a relay race.

Highlands Isaiah Villardo on the home-stretch of a relay race.

Highlands Blaine Dendy jumps a hurdle at Rabun Gap.

Highlands Ryder Stubblefield crosses the finish line.

Highlands Carter Smathers takes off after being handed the baton.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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