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Riverside runner places in 300 hurdles at state
North Hall finishes seventh in points standings
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JEFFERSON Hyung Oh knows his first season of track and field at Riverside Military was a resounding success.

The Eagles’ sophomore — who placed second in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in Region 8-AA — ended his season on a high note with a fourth place finish (40.35 seconds) at the Georgia Olympics on Saturday at Jefferson Memorial Stadium.

"I’m quite pleased with how I did today," Oh said. "I hope to do even better next season."

In the finals, he kept the pace consistent the entire race and finished 3.5 seconds behind the Class AA 300 hurdles winner Jamal Patterson of Henry County.

Oh was the only participant from Hall County in the finals of the sprints on Day 3 of the all-classification state championship meet. He qualified for the finals of the 300 hurdles with a 40.61 in his preliminary heat Friday.

Now that Oh experienced his first taste of success on the state level, he wants to come out and win the state title next season.

"This was a really good day for me," Oh added. "I was more calm today and that really helped me avoid making mistakes."

Deon Orsborn finished fourth (15.34) in the 110 hurdles for Commerce, and Buford’s C.J. Moore placed eighth in the 100 (11.29).

The Jefferson 1,600 relay team finished seventh (3:38.82).

North Hall finished seventh in Class AAA in team points (34).

The Trojans entered the final day in first place thanks to their state championship run by sophomore Cody Barger (9 minutes, 31.91 seconds) and third-place finish from Nolan Clark (9:48.9) in the 3,200 meters Friday.

Clark also earned second place (4:25.33) and Ty McCormack finished fifth (4:30.88) in the 1,600.

Peyton Wilhoite earned the Trojans’ first points in the state championships with a third place and personal best by 12 feet in the discus (159 feet, 11 inches).

Flowery Branch finished 12th in the team standings with 20 points, all earned on the two state titles from senior Daniel Drummond in the discus (169-6) and in the shot put (59-6.5).

The Georgia Tech football signee finished the state championships as the fourth-highest individual points earner in all of Class AAA.

Gainesville’s Paul Malquist won the state title in the pole vault (15-6) Thursday, after finishing as state runner-up in 2008.

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