GROVETOWN — The Region 2-AAAAA Track Championship got under way Tuesday morning at Grovetown High School.
While running events were scheduled to finish with finals on Thursday, field events were completed Tuesday afternoon.
The region championships are the first in a two-step process to getting to the state meet, with the top four in each event qualifying for the sectionals the following week at Grovetown.
Greenbrier got off to a good start in the pole vault as Michael Furman won the boys crown, while McLain Broussard was tops on the girls side.
Broussard cleared 8 feet, 6 inches, but thought she could have done better if she hadn’t injured her leg at a meet the previous weekend.
“I hoped to clear 9-6 and be elite,” Broussard said. “The sectionals will be here next week and hopefully I’ll be better.”
Coming in with a seeded jump of 11 feet, Furman soared past that setting a personal best at 11-6.
Furman had been practicing with a longer pole prior to the meet, but went back to his original size.
“I went back to the old pole and it felt like riding a bike, you never forget,” Furman said. “I know I could have cleared 12 feet but I was tired.”
Greenbrier’s Jewell Smith (5 feet) won the girls long jump and Dominique Brown (6-2) finished second in the boys high jump.
In the girls long jump, Ashlan Rosier outdistanced the field with a leap of 18-41/2.
“I feel I could have done better,” Rosier said. “I was at a constant of 17 feet and I’ve been jumping 19 feet all year.”
Evans’ Jabari Nelson won the long jump and shared the same sentiment of the others.
“It was good, but I felt I could have done better,” he said.