The Tallulah Falls track & field program has found early success as both the Eagle Invite and the Rabun County Dual Meet.
EAGLE INVITE – MARCH 7
TFS – Blue skies and warming temp welcomed ten schools vying for good marks, personal records, and competitive placing at the annual Eagle Invite at East Jackson High School. Though missing multiple athletes who were taking the ACT, the meet provided the first dry day to get marks and times.
Veronaye Charlton, Denika Lightbourne, Reid Kafsky, and Macy Murdock ran the 4×1 relay in 51.74 to place second and moved up to #2 on the TFS Legacy List. The 4×2 relay (Charlton, Lightbourne, Kafsky and Layne Kafsky) also placed second. The distance medley quartet of Emma Jackson, Laurel Smith, Maria Whitson, and Kate Trotter also earned a second place medal.
Female scorers for TFS were Lucy Alexander (1600m, 3200m), Reid Kafsky (LJ, 100m), Maria Whitson (800m), Lightbourne (high jump), Murdock (long jump), Shelby Brightwell (pole vault).
Male scorers: Chris Geiger (800m), Mohamed Kanu (triple jump), Gabe Iluma (pole vault), and Henrry Xiong (3200m).
Next meet: Bo James Invite @ Rabun County HS Friday, March 13, 4:00
RABUN CO DUAL MEET – MARCH 5-6
TFS – Rain. Shlog. Fog. The day started with torrents of precipitation, dwindled to consistent dripples, then to mist, and finally to fog from above and vapor from the dewy grass rising to the stadium lights. The wise choice was to delay the meet an hour and a half, contest only running events, and move the field events to TFS the next day. The meet was a non scoring old fashioned non scoring dual between local schools.
Veronaye Charlton, Denika Lightbourne, Reid Kafsky, and Macy Murdock quickly moved up to #5 on the Legacy List by running a hand timed, victorious 52.17 400m relay. Bryan Cope, Mohamed Kanu, Riley Barron, and Grey Bourlet finished the evening with a 4×4 relay victory. Other winners included Reid Kafsky in the triple jump, Walker Bailey in the 1600m, Macy Murdock in the long jump, and Emily Gay in the pole vault. Grey Bourlet set a winning pole vault personal record (12 ‘8). Nelson Wilkinson set a significant personal record in the discus (103’).