Augusta Prep and Augusta Christian battled each other down to the final event in Augusta Prep’s quad track meet Wednesday afternoon.
The Cavaliers nipped the Lions 89-82, while Westminster (14) and Curtis Baptist (4) finished third and fourth, respectively. On the girls side, the Lady Lions outpointed the Lady Cavaliers 83-74, Curtis Baptist (40) was third and Westminster (22) was fourth.
Cavaliers’ senior Ben Guthrie took first and set a school record in the long jump (20’7 3/4), was first in the 330 hurdles and ran the anchor as Augusta Prep won the 4x400 relay.
Augusta Christian ran its second meet in as many days, and coach Charles Cooper liked what he saw from both his squads.
“We did better than I expected,” said Cooper. “We put the kids through the grind now and later it’s easier.”
Anna Motes led the Lady Lions in victory, taking first in the long jump at 17’6 3/4 – a new school record. She was also first in the triple jump and 400 meter, was second in the 100 and 200 and anchored the Lady Lions 4x400 relay team which finished second. She doesn’t usually run the 100 and has qualified for the South Carolina Independent School Association state meet in the long jump, triple jump, 200 and 400.
“I’m working to get better every time and hopefully I’ll be able to do well in state,” Motes said.
For the Lady Cavaliers, Jodie Holodak took first in the 800 and 1600 while Margaret Cavanaugh was tops in the 110 and 330 hurdles.
The boys meet featured good individual performances and a few of the more interesting races.
Despite battling a nagging injury, Westminster’s Evan Downs held off Augusta Prep’s Michael Lopez in the 1600 after Lopez challenged Downs at the beginning of the final lap.
“I did not plan to kick that early,” said Downs, adding that a goal was to not let any of the Cavaliers pass him.