Third-year program New Manchester finished fourth in the Class 5A competition. Terrance Jenkins became the school’s first-ever individual state champion, earning first place in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles competitions. The 4x400 meter relay unit of Tyler Simmons, Amir Ali, Darius Meabon and Jaelin Morgan placed seventh in its event. Jonathan Mays finished fourth in the high jump.
Lithia Springs’ Lasheon Strozier won the Class 5A triple jump event for the Lions. He also earned seventh in the long jump competition.
Alexander’s Collin Giesey finished second in the Class 4A shot put event by one inch to Cedartown’s Nick Chubb. The Cougars also had Lee Leverette place seventh in the pole vault while Broc Ducharme was sixth in the 800-meter run.
Jamarcus Morrissette of Chapel Hill placed seventh in the 100-meter dash in Class 3A while Trevin Quander got sixth in the 800-meter run.
On the soccer pitch, the Lithia Springs boys’ team saw its season conclude in the second round of the playoffs in a 4-0 loss to Gainesville on May 6.
The Lions still had the best season in program history, bringing home the program’s first-ever region championship, playoff appearance and winning 12 matches.
“This season has been about creating a culture and building a foundation for the next decade,” head coach David Ubriaco said.
The Chapel Hill girls’ soccer team ended its season in the quarterfinals of the playoffs with a 6-0 loss to Oconee on May 10. The Panthers won 12 matches this year, earning a region championship for the second consecutive season.
“As the season progressed, we became stronger and molded as a team,” head coach Katie Wolff said.
The Panthers’ boys’ soccer and baseball teams each lost in the second round of the playoffs to Pierce County.