Strong programs from Cobb County schools Pope (girl’s team winner-142 pts) & McEachern (boy’s team winner-135 pts) walked away with team victories and the Greyhounds of Pope were the overall meet winners (combined boys & girls point totals). The Eagles of Milton finished 5th in both boys (91 pts) & girls (88 pts) team scoring.
In the unseasonably good weather, all the teams took advantage and posted many spectacular performances.
Middle distance strength was the highlight of the day as the
Lady Eagle 800 meter runners led the way for Milton. Recording the only individual meet win on the
girl’s side for Milton was junior Anne Neenan with her 2:23.96, her 2nd-fastest
ever. Running a big personal best,
sophomore Anna Renko took 4th (2:31.77). Both came back to run on the 5th
place 4x400 meter relay team (4:31.14) that also included seniors Chloe Clark
& Caroline Winnett. Neenan & Renko followed suit from the earlier run relay
win by the 4x800 meter relay team. Their 10:38.31 performance led the way as
junior Juanita Pardo, sophomore Riley Burr, senior captain Abbey Jordan &
junior Amy Ruiz, won the event by close to 30 seconds!
Burr (5th-5:43.66) & Pardo (7th-5:49.80, a personal best) came back to score valuable points in the 1600 meters & Ruiz (3rd-12:37.99) & Jordan (5th-12:47.96) did the same in the 3200 meters. Top meet scorer for the Lady Eagles was senior Kia Carson. Her 3rd place in the 100 meters (12.80), 4th place in the 200 meters (26.36), 2nd place in the long jump (16 ft) and her 400 meter carry on the 7th place 4x400 meter relay team (4:32.45) led all Milton athletes.
Just like their Lady Eagle counterparts, the boys of Milton
were led by their 800 meter runners as senior captain Kevin McGorrey led three
Eagle runners to score in the 800 meter individual event! McGorrey was never
challenged in his wire-to-wire win running his second best time ever (2:03.19)
and was followed by sophomore Jack Bluth (3rd-2:05.34) in a personal
best & freshman Michael McCarthy (6th-2:09.25).
All three also ran another event that scored
for the Eagles. McGorrey ran a leg on Milton’s 4th place 4x400 relay
(3:37.21), McCarthy ran a leg on Milton’s 3rd place 4x1600 relay
(20:29.25) & Bluth was part of the victorious Eagle 4x800 relay (8:54.76).
Joining Bluth on that relay were sophomores Jacques Du Plessis & John
Fravel along with senior Peter Randall.
The 1600 meters saw another big Milton point
grab as Eagle runners went 2nd, 3rd & 4th with
juniors Connor Cole (4:41.91) & Preston Meade (4:43.36) & sophomore
Clay Marshall (4:45.41) all recording personal bests! In the field, many Milton
athletes scored big team points with senior Connor McNamara winning the pole
vault in 10’-6” leading 2 other point scorers in Matthew Ballard (5th-9’)
& James Breyen (7th-8’).
The Eagles had two scorers in the high jump with Mikey Newell (3rd-5’-8”) & Spencer Greene (8th-5’6”) after both of them ran personal bests in the 4x1600 relay.
The Eagle track & field teams next see action on Monday
at the Titan relays at Northview HS and later in the week are at Centennial HS
in Roswell fro a tuneup meet as the teams get ready to host 20+ schools at the
Milton Showcase on Saturday, March 1st.