Bainbridge High School track teams prepare for Sectionals

Published 5:02 pm Friday, April 29, 2016

The boys’ and girls’ AAAA State Sectional meet will be held Saturday April 30 in Carrollton. The top four finishers in each event with then advance to the state meet. The girls’ State Class AAAA Meet will be May 5 through May 7 in Albany and the boys’ State Class AAAA Meet will be May 12 through May 14 in Jefferson.

Poncherella Leonard qualified for the sectional Meet by capturing the Region 1-AAAA championships in the 1600 meter and 3200 meter runs in times of 4:35.93 and 10:12.36 respectively. Also qualifying were Zyon McGee, who finished third in the triple jump with a leap of 43 feet, 5 inches, and Jaylyn Scott, who won the Region 1-AAAA championship in the 300 hurdles and finished second in the 110 meter hurdles.

The Bearcats 4×400 relay team of Lorenzo Mitchell, Danbrell Harris, Poncherella Leonard and Jaylyn Scott who finished third in the Region 1-AAAA meet with a time of 3:25.38. Harris also qualified to compete in Carrollton with a second place 300 hurdles time of 40.34 and region championship in the 110 hurdles.

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Dameon Pierce qualified for the Sectional Meet with a fourth place Region 1-Meet finish in the 100.

Bearcats’ head track coach Larry Cosby and expressed pride in his team’s Region 1-AAAA Meet performances.

“Considering all the rain that prevented us from competing in several meets I thought we competed well.” Coach Cosby said.

Lady Cats qualifying for the Class AAAA Sectional Meet include Uriyah Davis who won the Region 1-AAAA championships in the 1600 and 3200 runs in times of 6:02.40 and 13:28.66. Camry Fillingame will also compete in the 1600 meter and 3200 runs, Amaia Taylor advanced in the 100 and 300 hurdles, Mabrey Grace Briggs advanced with a fourth place finish in the 800 run Tyaisha Gant finished third in the 400 run to advance and Iesha Smart finished fourth in the triple jump to earn a spot in sectionals.

Coach Tandra Phillips said her Lady Cat team is very youthful which speaks well for the future of her program.