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RH girls place 12th at state
Track and Field

In their first year competing in Class 7A Richmond Hill’s girls finished 12th in last weekend’s GHSA state track meet held at Powder Springs as they scored 20 points. The boys, meanwhile, struggled as they finished 29th with five points.

Bryan County High School failed to score in either the boys or girls divisions of the Class A-D1 meet held in Rome.

Akira Burt, Autumn Smiley and Jada Brown placed as individuals for the Wildcats girls and two relay teams earned points. On the boys side Memphis Rich and Joshua Kendrick placed.

Burt, who is headed to Georgia State on a volleyball scholarship, took fourth-place in the 400 meters with a time of 55:05 seconds which was good for five points. She was also a member of the 4x200 meter relay team which was third and the fourth-place 4x400 relay team.

Smiley, who had vaulted 12-0 to win last week’s sectional meet, was seventh in the pole vault as she cleared the bar at 11-0. Brown, a sophomore, was seventh in the shot put with a heave of 38-03.50 feet.

Joining Burt on the 4x200 relay team were Jasmine Wood, Kalyn Heileman and Jayla Lawrence. The other members of the 4x400 squad were Alexa Hamlin, Heileman and Lawrence.

Rich got three points for the Wildcats when he finished sixth in the 3200 meters in a time of 9:33.62 and Kendrick picked up two points when he claimed seventh place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.56 seconds.

With the top eight finishers earning points the Wildcats just missed scoring in the 4x800 when the team of Noah Sybert, Sanantonio Rio, Rich and Kendrick finished ninth at 7:59.85.

The girls 4x800 team of Adeline Althen, Somaria Courtney, Jolee Mitchell and Heileman was also ninth at 9:48.28. Julie Wilson was 11th in the 3200 and Aaliyah Houston was 16th in the shot.

With the GHSA listing the top 16 finishers Rich was 14th in the 1600, Benjamin Hall was 14th in the 3200 and Garrett McDade was 10th in the pole vault.

Finishing in the top 16 for Bryan County’s boys were Jayden Lee who took ninth in the pole vault at 9-6, Javin Collins was 11th in the high jump, Austin Clemons was 10th in the shot and 13th in the discus and the 4x400 relay team of Zane Renteria, Will Summerford, Ethan Trombly and Riley Shuman were 13th.

On the girls side Za’Yana Hankerson was 14th in the long jump and Ashanti Brown finished 15th in the long jump.

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