The Gainesville girls track team bested an 11-team field to win the Barberitos Invitation meet on Saturday at Oconee County High School in Watkinsville.
Sara Hayes led the Lady Red Elephants, placing in five events, including a first-place finish in the 800 meter run. Hayes helped the 4x400 relay team take second and took third in the 300 hurdles, setting the school record at 49.19 seconds. She also fourth in the high jump and was part of the fourth-place 4x100 relay team.
Stasha Hopkins broked the school record and won the shot put with a throw of 35 feet, five inches, and took second in the discus (89-6). Other medal winners included Mia Buffington (second, 4x400 relay), Kabree Randolph (second, long jump; second 4x400 relay), Denisha Lyles (third, triple jump), Happi Sims (second, 4x400 relay) and Alexis Smith (third, pole vault).
WEST HALL WINS WILDCAT INVITATIONAL: The West Hall boys defeated Gainesville 3-0 in the final of the Wildcat Invitation on Saturday at Duluth High School.
The Spartans clinched the win by sweeping the doubles matches and getting a hard-fought win at No. 3 singles from Austin Dyer.
Grayson Kyle and Min Kim teamed up to win at No. 1 doubles, 6-0, 6-4, while Kip O’Kelly and Connor Kirkland won at No. 2 doubles, 6-3, 6-4.
Gainesville advanced to the finals by defeating Duluth, 3-2, on Friday and Flowery Branch, 3-1, on Saturday morning. Jackson Goble, Graham McKinnon and the team of Charles Calkins/Billy Jackson won against Duluth. McKinnon,
Calkins/Jackson and the team of Alec Zais and Nick Dillard their matches against Flowery Branch.
WEST HALL GIRLS WIN INVITATIONAL: The Lady Spartans posted a 298 to win the West Hall Invitational tournament on Saturday at Chateau Elan.
Lady Spartans Malorie Smith and Oliva Davis were each selected to the All-Tournament team for their contributions to the victory, and Morgan Rivett chipped in the third counting score. North Murray’s Jocelyn Blair shot an 88 to take girls low-medalist honors.
Norcross won on the boys side with a 301, led by Jason Mendel’s 71. Richmond Academy finished as runner-up, led by low medalist Greyson Sigg’s 68.