Elliott Berry (first leg), Evan Berry (second), Malik Davis (third) and D’Maurien Franklin (anchor) collectively recorded a time of 41.72 seconds to finish ahead of the Sprayberry and Northside-Columbus relay teams at Starr’s Mill last weekend.
“The relay team has a good shot at a three-peat,” Creekside track and field coach Scott Vaughan said. “They’ve had one of the top two or three fastest times all year. They are right there. It’s not the eye-popping times we had last year. We just had a team full of studs last year.”
The Berry Twins, along with Davion Tookes, Sidney Buchannon and Josh Holsey were all apart of that group.
But this weekend, it will be all about Elliot and Evan Berry, Davis and Franklin or alternates Jayson Stanley and Chris Sanders getting the job done.
“We’re already fast enough,” Evan Berry said. “We just got to clean up our handoffs and make minor tweaks to it. We know what it takes already so we just got to put it in place.”
“I will tell the guys they can’t let up,” Vaughn said. “We can’t be too concerned about what other teams do. Just get out there and run your race. Practice. Practice. Practice. They know it comes down to hard work. That is what is going to be the difference maker.”
The relay teams that will be trying to interrupt the Seminoles’ bid at a three-peat are Cedar Shoals, Clarke Central, East Paulding, Glynn Academy, Greenbrier, Grovetown, M.L. King, Mt. Zion, Northside-Warner Robins, Northside-Columbus, Riverwood, Sequoyah, Sprayberry, Stephenson and Woodland-Cartersville.
M.L. King and Grovetown posted times of 42.17 and 42.18 seconds, respectively, at sectionals.
“MLK is extremely talented but we’re talented too and just can’t let them outwork us,” said Vaughn prior to sectionals.
The Seminoles will be competing in the 4-by-400 meter relay as well and for individual gold also.
“These guys are football players and if they don’t do anything else, they fight,” Vaughan said.
Evan Berry will run in the 100 and 200-meter dash events. Stanley will also race for the 200-meter crown.
Drew, Forest Park, Mt. Zion, Mundy’s Mill, Ola and Union Grove also have athletes competing in individual events in Class AAAAA.