Submitted by Davina Profit
April 20th, 2022 Archer High School for the 7A- Region 7 Championship Track and Field Meet.
This year’s Regional Meet was held in just one day. In Previous years, this meet was held over the duration of 2 days with prelims and final races. However, this year would be different and difficult because every race was its own final. Therefore, our Wildcats had to race the clock on each and every race. They would have to throw and jump tirelessly to get as many points as possible, as they went up against teams with twice the number of athletes throughout a very LONG DAY!!
The Field Events would give our Spirited Wildcats just the push that they needed to get ahead on this long day.
Trinity Williams would win the Long Jump AND the Triple Jump. Emma Lovell placed 7th in the Triple Jump. Other Lady Wildcats leaping in the Regional Jumps were Alexa Rubin and Jenna Sailor.
In the Jumps….
Addison Hixon hit some very big jumps placing 5th in the Long Jump and 4th in the Triple Jump. Jacob Eisenmesser placed 6th with his best result in the triple jump. Ahmad Saidy placed 10th in the Long Jump.
The Girls’ High Jump proved to be exciting with 5 girls jumping the same height. Bren Weterrings was able to leap into 5th place.
Mary McLoughlin WON the pole vault in an exciting showdown with Archer. Teammate Chloe Warren had a personal best and placed 7th. Fellow Pole Vaulter and UGA commit, Alon Ragow would continue his winning streak with a win in the vault. Chris Ennis placed 7th
In the Throws,
Anderson Bowe would have a personal best and win Discus and place 4th in the shot put. Trinity Johnson threw herself into 4th place in discus and 6th in the shot with personal bests in each event. Alani Moore scored valuable points by placing 7th in the shot put. Carrington Tate won both the discus AND the shot put. Jordan Wade placed 4th in discus and 6th in shot put . Aaron Laffoon placed 7th in the discus. James Saxton threw the shot put as well.
The Wildcats started the races showing that they came to place. The girls 4X8 consisting of Lucy Neuman, Emma Parker, Kate Bacon and Claire Shelton placed 2nd to start off with a bang. The boys 4X800 also showed their endurance with Ethan Archibald, Wade Parkes, Mark Westrick and Tyson Standard place 3rd.
Jeanne Hardy, “ The Hurdler” leaped into 2nd place in the 100m hurdles and won the 300m Hurdlers. Jenna Sailor ran in both the 100m and 300m hurdles, placing 7th in the 300m hurdles. The boys’ hurdlers Blake Williams ran away with a 5th place in the 100m hurdlers. Malachi Cranshaw also ran in both the 100 and 300 m hurdles.
Jordan Wade placed 7th in a very fast 100 meter foot race. Ahmad Saidy had a personal best in this event. Rachel Jay, Alexa Rubin would all have a personal best race in the 100.
Both the girls and boys 4X200 teams would place 5th. (Addisyn Slipsagner, Weterrings, Hardy and Williams were on the girls relay team. Jayden Saintii, DeJaun Lyons, Shama Shasta and Tyson Standard were on the boys’ relay team.)
The Lady Wildcat Trio of Claire Shelton, Maggie Coxen and Kate Bacon would burn up the track. Shelton won the 1600 with Coxen placing 2nd and Bacon placing 4th. Mark Westrick would race and place 4th in the 1600 with Wade Parkes placing 8th.
Bren Weterrings, Addisyn Slipsager and Hannah Litvak would all set new Personal Bests in the 400 Meter Dash placing 2nd, 6th and 10th consecutively. The Boys would answer the 400 meter call with Tyson Standard winning the 400 with a whirlwind PR under 50 seconds. Jayden Saintil and Ethan Archibold would also have PR’s placing 6th and 8th place consecutively.
The Long Races would continue to give our Lady Wildcats a chance to show their speed as Emma Parker, Lucy Neuman and Jenna McJunkin placed 3rd, 4th and 6th in the 800 Meter race. Wade Parks ran an incredible 5th place personal best in a fast 800 meter race.
Shelton won the 3200 race with her teammates Bacon and Coxen placing 3rd and 5th. Westrick also placed 4th in the 3200 meter.
The Late evening would close with the 4×400 meter relay race. The Lady Wildcats placed 2nd with Litvak, Slipsager, Wetterrings and AHardy. The Boys relay squad of Santil, Archibald, Lyons and Standard would fight their way into 3rd place.
Our Fighting Wildcats would finish the evening with the Girls Track Team placing 2nd at Regionals and our Boys Squad coming home with the Bronze. Well done Wildcats!! Next stop is Sectionals on May 7th at Archer High School.