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Milton HS Track Teams Kick-Off Season at Marietta Distance Carnival

Two top-10 all-time relay marks lead Eagles to a 2nd & 3rd place finish at inaugural meet.

Junior Connor Cole runs the 3rd-leg of Milton's 4x1600m relay on the way to the 8th best time in school history & the teams only event win at the Marietta HS Distance Carnival (photo by Kris Meade)
Junior Connor Cole runs the 3rd-leg of Milton's 4x1600m relay on the way to the 8th best time in school history & the teams only event win at the Marietta HS Distance Carnival (photo by Kris Meade)

Led by two 8th best performances in Milton school history, the Eagles kicked-off their 2014 track season in very cold & blustery conditions at the first-time ever rendition of the Marietta HS Distance Carnival track meet. 

Girls

Team-wise the Lady Eagles led thru the entire meet and eventually finished 2nd (43 pts) losing to host Marietta (48 pts).  Milton finished well clear of Parkview (3rd-36 pts), Blessed Trinity (4th-24 pts), North Oconee (5th-23 pts) & Northview (6th-22 pts). 

Individually, the Lady Eagles were led by the overall victory by junior Amy Ruiz in the 3200 meters (12:43.15) followed by the 2nd place effort by fellow junior Meagan Thistleton (13:44.84). A 3rd place by sophomore Anna Renko (2:37.72) in the 800 meters and a 6th place by freshman Alyssa Milton (6:51.68) in the 1600 meters concluded all the individual scorers.

In the relays, Milton ran to the 8th best time in school history in the 4x1600. The Lady Eagles posted a 23:40.74, which was good enough for 3rd place in the most competitive relay event in the meet. 

Team members (with split times) included sophomore Riley Burr (5:57.2), junior Juanita Pardo (6:02.1), senior captain Abbey Jordan (5:56.8) and junior Anne Neenan (5:44.6). Milton also scored in the 4x400 (3rd), 4x800 (4th) & the Distance Medley Relay (5th).

Boys

Not in the top-3 the entire meet, a flurry of scorers near the end brought the Eagles a 3rd place team trophy scoring 34 points. Parkview (50 pts) was the overall winner, followed by host Marietta (2nd-45 pts). Milton dispatched North Oconee (4th-30 pts) & Blessed Trinity & Northview (both 5th-26 pts).

Only two individual runners scored team points for the Eagles as senior Kevin McGorrey was 2nd in the 1600 (4:55.13) and freshman Valera Stettner who was 5th in the 3200 meters running a personal best of 11:11.89.

The lone victory for Milton was the Eagles 4x1600 relay. In a back & forth battle for the first 2-legs, Milton was able to pull away with a very strong 3rd-leg to run the 8th fastest time in school history! (19:33.83) This group (with approx split times) included sophomore Jack Bluth (4:51.4), junior Preston Meade (4:55.7), junior Connor Cole (4:49.7) & sophomore Clay Marshall (4:57). 

All the relays scored points for the Eagles with a 2nd place finish by the 4x800 team (9:12.66) that was led by junior Mikey Newell (splitting a personal best of 2:07.7)!  The 4x400 relay (4th) and the Distance Medley relay (5th) concluded the scoring for Milton.

The Milton HS track teams are next in action this Saturday, February 22nd at the Roswell HS 8-Way meet.

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