After a dominating performance against the other county public schools Wednesday, Greenbrier’s boys and girls own track and field bragging rights to Columbia County.
The Lady Wolfpack scored 190 points, besting second place Lakeside (171), while the Wolfpack’s 209 points outdistanced the Grovetown Warriors in second (134.5) at the Columbia County Championships at Wolf Den Stadium.
“It is about bragging rights for the county,” Greenbrier coach Kati Smallwood said. “It’s all about the individual athletes who get to take a medal home.”
Despite the second-place finish, the Lakeside girls took home more first place medals than Greenbrier (seven to six). Brittany Henathore led the Lady Panthers with first-place finishes in the shot put (32 feet, 11.5 inches) and discus (117 feet, 1 inch).
Kayla Tyson led Greenbrier with first place finishes in the 100m and 200m dashes, anchored the winning 4x400 meter relay and was second in the long jump.
In helping her team win, she sent her father, Grovetown head coach Rodney Tyson, to a fourth-place finish (92).
“You’re rooting for your guys, but on the dad side you want to see her do well,” the elder Tyson said. “It’s a unique thing.”
Reyna Walker set a school record and personal best for Greenbrier.
The senior pole vaulter cleared the bar at 10 feet, 6 inches, making it on her third try at that height.
She said figuring out the event helped.
“It’s just experience,” said Walker. “I actually know what I’m doing this year.”
On the boys side, while Greenbrier took eight first places, the theme was multiple-event wins.
Grovetown’s Darius Watkins won the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes; Brandon Coombs took home gold in the 800 meter and 1,600 meter runs for the Wolfpack; Jaquez Donalson won the 110 meter and 300 meter hurdles for Lakeside and Greenbrier’s Jahvon Hardrick won the shot put and discus.
Harlem and Grovetown will start their Region 3-AAA meet Wednesday while the rest of the schools will go to the Region 2-AAAA meet April 21.