Daryn Petitt swept the 800- and 1,600-meters and Jacob Hedgepeth did the same in the 1,600- and 3,200-meters in the girls’ and boys’ 3-AAAAA track and field regionals for Richmond Hill at Statesboro Friday.
Overall, the boys finished second with 106 points and the girls placed fourth with 68 points. The top four qualifiers in each event advance to sectionals on Saturday at Heritage High School on Conyers.
“It was a very good meet for the boys as we scored more points than we ever have before in a region meet,” Coach Levi Sybert said. “We traditionally are not as focused on scoring more points at these final meets as we are in ensuring that each athlete has the best possible chance to perform at their career best.”
Also for the boys, Rakeem Littles took second place in both the 1,600 and 3,200, while Demond Fleming won the 400-meter dash and Marcus Prather took first in the long jump. Sam James was second in the 400, Shane Rowand was second in the 300 intermediate hurdles and Asael Hernandez-Loredo was second in the discus.
The boys’ 4x400 team of James, Jordan Perkins, Rowand and Fleming also finished second. Their time of 3:20.50 is the fourth fastest in Class AAAAA this year, Sybert said.
Aside from her two individual wins on the girls’ side, Petitt teamed with Hannah Bryant, Alexis Sena and Mackenzie Frei to take third in the 4x400. Sybert said Petitt set personal records in all three races and “is poised to have a memorable performance at the state meet as well.”
Frei and Bryant finished second and third in the high jump, respectively, while Rachel Hammesfahr took fourth in the 1,600 and Alycia Ussery finished fourth in the 3,200.
“The next challenge is to qualify as many athletes as we can next weekend at the sectional meet to move onto the subsequent state meet,” Sybert said. “I really feel all that qualified have a legitimate chance to extend their season, but like always at high stakes meets, there is no off day permissible.”