Banks boys region champs; girls third while Rabun girls runner-up, boys third (8-AA Recap)
Make it four years in a row as region champions for Banks County boys track and field. The Banks girls finished third, while Rabun’s girls took runner-up position out of 8-AA and the boys third.
The boys’ streak continues with four straight titles, as the Leopards outscored second-place Elbert County 162-128. The boys captured seven individual event region titles.
Junior Wes Ledford was the region champ in the 800 meter run and triple jump, while fellow junior Terrence Walker took the top spot in discus and was runner-up in the 100 meter hurdles. Sophomore Jackson Ramey was the champion in shot put and runner-up to Walker in discus.
Junior Jacob Lehotsky (300 meter hurdles) and senior Hunter Cochran (3200 meter) were also region champions individually, as was the 4×400 relay group. Senior Jimmy Cochran (1600 meter), sophomore Griffin Stephens (3200 meter), sophomore Sean Hall (pole vault) all posted runner-up finishes also.
The Lady Leopards had one region champion in senior Allison Smith (800 meter), who also took third in the high jump. The 4×400 relay team also finished as runner-up, while junior Emily Adams posted a region runner-up finish in the pole vault. The girls came in third overall in the meet.
The Lady Cats produced a runner-up finish in region with a score of 147, narrowly being passed by Elbert County (152). Senior Perryn Morgan won yet another region title in pole vault, an event she has often owned.
Senior Taylor Grimmett had a great showing, taking the title in the 100 meter hurdle event, and runner-up in both the long and triple jump. Junior Zoie Brown won the region title in 300 meter hurdles and finished second to Grimmett in the 100 meter hurdles.
Amaranta Melgarejo, a sophomore, finished second in the 800 meter and third in the 1600. Sophomore Bailey Schmitt (300 meter hurdles) and senior Madison Utt (shot put) were also region runners-up.
The Rabun boys were third in the region, and notched three individual event titles as well. Juniors Jacob Barry (400 meter), Guy Gober (1600 meter) and Grayson Mitchem (pole vault) were all region champs. Senior Justin Wilkes was second in the 800 meter, as were the 4×100 and 4×400 relay groups.