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Riverside boys, Flowery Branch girls win Hall County track & field championships
Gainesville's Mallard sets personal record in pole vault
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Flowery Branch's Tyler Lorenz took fifth place in the boys pole vault at the Hall County track & field championships on Thursday at Flowery Branch High School. The Falcons finished in second place in the team standings. - photo by Jared Putnam

Hall County track and field championships

Girls Team totals

1. Flowery Branch 171.5
2. North Hall 156
3. Gainesville 115
4. West Hall 72.5
5. Chestatee 72
6. East Hall 20
7. Johnson 12

Girls 100 meter
1. Olivia Bradley North Hall 13.02
2. Tanisha Watson Gainesville 13.14
3. Alyssa Greene Flowery Branch 13.24

Girls 200 meter
1.Trini Puente North Hall 26.73
2. Heather Moore Flowery Branch 27.20
3. April Huckleberry Flowery Branch 28.89

Girls 400 meter
1. Heather Moore Flowery Branch 1:01.88
2. April Huckleberry Flowery Branch 1:02.37
3. Kiana Mitchell Gainesville 1:05.65

Girls 800 meter
1. Kayla Kelley Gainesville 2:32.91
2. Mariah Millsap Flowery Branch 2:34.29
3. Hennebry Waters North Hall 2:35.35

Girls 1600 meter
1. Mariah Millsap Flowery Branch 5:37.24
2. Makayla Ellis North Hall 5:39.46
3. Mattie Bohanan North Hall 5:44.46

Girls 3200 meter
1. Lindsey Grater Chestatee 12:03.70
2. Cassie Ward Flowery Branch 12:08.52
3. Makayla Ellis North Hall 12:19.14

Girls 100 hurdles
1. Trini Puente North Hall 15.99
2. Summer Boone Flowery Branch 16.68
3. Destiny Trouilliere Flowery Branch 16.81

Girls 300 meter hurdles
1. Destiny Trouilliere Flowery Branch 50.91
2. Summer Boone Flowery Branch 50.93
3. Jada Harrison Gainesville 51.12

Girls 400 meter relay
1. Gainesville 51.31
2. North Hall 51.66
3. Flowery Branch 52.41

Girls 1600 relay
1. Flowery Branch 4:24.19
2. Gainesville 4:33.23
3. North Hall 4:43.34

Girls high jump
1. Mia McKensey West Hall 5-0
2. Maddie Hetzel Flowery Branch 4-10
3. Kayla Kelley Gainesville 4-08

Girls pole vault
1. Victoria Lewis Flowery Branch 9-0
2. Mackenzie Satterfield West Hall 8-0
3. Mary Seid North Hall 8-0

Girls long jump
1. Trini Puente North Hall 16-11.5
2. Tanisha Watson Gainesville 15-08
3. Kia Gomez Gainesville 14-09

Girls triple jump
1. Kayla Kelley Gainesville 32-05
2. Destiny Trouillere Flowery Branch 31-08
3. Ashley Grant Flowery Branch 30-08

Girls shot put
1. Harper Seymour North Hall 38-01
2. Kristine Hunter West Hall 31-09
3. Rebecca Bowen North Hall 30-04
Girls discus
1. Harper Seymour North Hall 107-9.5
2, Rebecca Bowen North Hall 82-06.5
3. Megan Kelling West Hall 79-04.5

Boys team totals
1. Riverside Military 137.25
2. Flowery Branch 132.5
3. Gainesville 115.25
4. North Hall 92.5
5. West Hall 45.25
6. Chestatee 38.5
7. East Hall 34
8. Johnson 27.75

Boys 100 meter
1. Cortez Davis Flowery Branch 11.22
2. Jacques Ash East Hall 11.29
3. Chris Howard Riverside 11.52

Boys 200 meter
1. Dante Tate Riverside 22.69
2. Cortez Davis Flowery Branch 23.06
3. Kieron Graham Flowery Branch 23.16

Boys 400 meter
1. Dante Tate Riverside 50.96
2. Jared Matthews West Hall 52.16
3. Myron Dabney Gainesville 52.62

Boys 800 meter
1. Ethan Hargrove Flowery Branch 2:04.73
2. Walker Peterson Flowery Branch 2:06.16
3. Jorge Galvan Gainesville 2:06.27

Boys 1600 meter
1. Quintin Miles North Hall 4:27.91
2. Grant O’Callaghan Flowery Branch 4:29.36
3. Juan Ortega Gainesville 4:33.13

Boys 3200 meter
1. Jake Shewbert Flowery Branch 9:47.97
2. Corson Teasley North Hall 10:00.39
3. Juan Ortega Gainesville 10:12.44

Boys 110 hurdles
1. Malik Faulk Riverside Military 15.47
2. Tucker Pearson Riverside Military 15.55
3. Kyle King Flowery Branch 15.80

Boys 300 hurdles
1. Tucker Pearson Riverside Military 40.80
2. Malik Faulk Riverside Military 42.01
3. Kyle King Flowery Branch 42.44

Boys 400 relay
1. Riverside Military 43.64
2. Flowery Branch 43.69
3. West Hall 44.15

Boys 1600 relay
1. Flowery Branch 3:30.20
2. Riverside Military 3:32.75
3. West Hall 3:34.87

Boys high jump
1. Ryan Broome North Hall 6-0
2. Kyle King Flowery Branch 5:10
3. Malik Gill North Hall 5-08

Boys pole vault
1. Hunter Mallard Gainesville 14-08
2. Gil Hoffman North Hall 14-0
3. Juan Soto Johnson 12-06

Boys triple jump
1. Chris Howard Riverside Military 42-6
2. Messiah Dorsey Gainesville 41-4
3. Marvin Rossario Chestatee 41-0

Boys shot put
1. Chris Howard Riverside Military 50-3
2. Jamel Dabney Gainesville 46-10
3. Prince James Story Riverside Military 42-01

Boys discus
1. David Schofield North Hall 136-1
2. Jamel Dabney Gainesville 130-08.5
3. Imoter Mngerem Riverside Military 130-08

Some of the most gripping action came right at the end of the Hall County track and field championships.

The Riverside Military Academy boys clinched their first county championship with a strong second place finish in the 400-meter relay — the final team meet of the night on Thursday in Flowery Branch. About the same time, Gainesville’s Hunter Mallard, ranked the top pole vaulter in Class AAAAA, twice set a personal best while claiming victory (14-feet, 8-inches) in a battle to the finish against North Hall’s Gil Hoffman. After earning the win at 14-6, Mallard hit his final mark on his third and final attempt, bringing the meet to an exciting close at Falcon Field.

Senior Chris Howard led the charge for Riverside with wins in the triple jump (42-06) and a personal best in the shot put (50-03). Equally as important, Riverside Military took the top two spots in the 110 and 300 hurdles (Malik Faulk and Tucker Pearson). The Eagles (137.25 points) finished ahead of second-place Flowery Branch (132.5) and third-place Gainesville (92.5) for the boys championship.

“It feels great to come out here and have our team win the county championship,” said Howard, who is signed to play football at East Tennessee State University. “I’m just happy to be able to contribute to the team’s victory the way I did.”

On the girls’ side of the championship, Flowery Branch (171.5) prevailed over second-place North Hall (156) and third-place Gainesville (115).

The Lady Falcons took the top two spots in the 400 meter dash (Heather Moore and April Huckleberry) and 300 meter hurdles (Destiny Trouilliere and Summer Boone). Flowery Branch’s Mariah Millsap won the 1600 (5:37) and Victoria Lewis won the pole vault (9-0). The Lady Falcons also took first in the 1600 relay 4:24.19

“Times weren’t our main focus today,” Flowery Branch girls coach Richard Ramsey said. “Today we just wanted to go out and compete, and we had a total team effort today. We told them today was kind of a mid-term. And it was a good indicator of what we can do the second half of the season.”

Two of North Hall’s girls had banner individual performances. Junior Trini Puente won the 200 meter dash (26.73), 100 meter hurdles (15.99), long jump (16-11.5) and was part of the Lady Trojans’ second-place 400-meter relay team. Also for the Lady Trojans, Harper Seymour won by a big margin in the shot put (38-01) and discus (107-09.5).

First-place Riverside Military also received wins from Dante Tate in the 200 meter dash (22.69) and 400 meter dash (50.96).

For the second-place Flowery Branch boys, Ethan Hargrove, a sophomore, won the 800 meter dash (2:04.73), Cortez Davis won the 100 (11.22) and Jake Shewbert ran a blistering time of 9:47.97 to win the 3200.

Mallard, a seventh-place finisher at state last season, didn’t have to jump into the pole vault battle until late in the evening, due to qualifying. Making 14-6 in the two-man battle with Hoffman was enough to win first place. Then he got three attempts at another personal record, so he had the bar raised two more inches. On his third attempt, he got his body over without touching the bar.

“As soon as my body crossed the bar, I felt golden,” said Mallard, who hopes to get to 15 feet for state.

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