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RH boys win Apex Invite again, girls second

POSTED: April 10, 2017 11:37 a.m.
Ted O'Neil/

Richmond Hill's Daryn Pettit on her way to winning the 800 meters at Friday's Georgia Game Changers Apex Invite. Pettit also won the 1600.

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The Richmond Hill boys’ track and field team repeated as champs at the Georgia Game Changers Apex Invite Friday, outpacing second-place Liberty County by 60 points. The Richmond Hill girls’ team finished second, 10 points behind their Liberty County counterparts.

“Both are great for this time of year and the performances really accomplished the task of seeing the growth we’re looking for,” Wildcats Coach Levi Sybert said. “This will help bring clarity to our final region roster which closes out a process of taking 80 athletes and reducing that down to 25 to 30 for the end of the season.”

The boys were led by dual winners Marcus Prather (100 meters and 200 meters) and Jacob Hedgepeth (1600 and steeplechase).

The Wildcats swept the top three spots in the steeplechase, with Jacob Collins finishing second and Lucas Van Ginkel third. Richmond Hill also swept the top three spots in the 800 behind Jalen Murray (first), Matthew Jones (second) and Ian Watson (third).

Cooper Williams and Rakeem Littles took the top two spots, respectively, in the 3200, while Jarvis Carr won the high jump.

On the girls’ side, Daryn Pettit and Kayla Gholar took first and second, respectively, in both the 800 and 1600, while Rebekah Wilder took first in the 100-meter hurdles. Ellie Skinkle won the pole vault and Sara Kapheim and Avery Waters took the top two spots in the steeplechase.

Other schools competing included Bradwell Institute, Effingham County, South Effingham, Tattnall County, First Presbyterian Christian Academy, Savannah Christian, Savannah Country Day and Islands.

Sybert said he was pleased with how smoothly the meet went.

“It was a great showing of our program in the athletic, organization and volunteering side,” he said. “We had 38 volunteers step up and run the meet that accommodated 309 athletes over four hours with 34 different events.”

Richmond Hill will host the Region 2-AAAAAA meet on April 20.

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