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Riverside Military Academy ties for second place at Riverside Indoor Invitational track meet
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Riverside's Mark Shoda competes in the 1500 meter run at the Riverside Indoor Invitational Saturday in the John L. Beaver Field House at Riverside Military Academy. - photo by Erin O. Smith

The torrential rain showers had no effect on Saturday’s Riverside Indoor Invitational at the John L. Beaver Field House Saturday in Gainesville, as Riverside Military Academy made its presence known in the state’s first sanctioned indoor track meet in 31 years.

The Eagles produced two victories and eight top-five finishes to tied for second overall with Marietta behind runner up Marietta High and winner Centennial High. The meet itself featured state and nationally ranked athletes, including the nation’s top-ranked female pole vaulter Carson Dingler, who cleared 13 feet, four inches to win the event.

“It was just a great day for the Georgia running community,” said Riverside Military Academy boys coach Tim Cummings of the turnout. “It was fun, successful, high energy. Better than we could have imagined.”

Charles Dimnwaobi paced the Eagles with two individual victories. He ran a time of 24.47 seconds to edge Marietta’s D’Metrius Washington (24.69) in the 200 meter dash event, while teammate Sam Palmer (25.20) finished fourth. He cleared five feet, 10 inches to win the high jump over Winder-Barrow’s Teague Moore (5-00). Dimnwaobi along with Antonio Copeland, Demarko Hooper and Brad Porter finished third in the 4x400 meter relay (4:13.31). The 4x200 meter relay — Dimnwaobi, Copeland, Hooper, Palmer — took second with a time of 1:47.06.

Preston Vess finished second in triple jump, (35 feet, 1 inch). In shot put, Alfred Ebubechukwudimma (40-09.00) and Miguel Meyer (33-09.50) took fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Hooper finished third in the 55 meter hurdles (9.89), while Copeland added a fifth-place nod in the 55 meter dash (6.93).

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