The Valdosta Daily Times
After not winning a region championship for 25 years, the Valdosta girls track and field team broke that drought last year. On Thursday night, the VHS girls make history again, winning a second straight Region 1 track championship.
The Lady Wildcats racked up 143 points and cruised past the competition to win the championship at Tift County High School. Lowndes’ girls finished second with 123 points.
Camden County won the boys’ region championship, with Lowndes finishing second and Valdosta third.
Valdosta’s Stormm Phillips had another strong showing, winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Valdosta’s Jalissa Hall finished fourth in the 100 meters and Lowndes’ Kiora Spriggs finished fourth in the 200 meters.
Valdosta’s Lanetra Edwards finished second in the 400-meter dash, despite finishing first in the event in the preliminaries.
Lowndes’ Jacki Pinkerton finished first in the 800-meter run, while teammate Ashley Powell finished third in the event.
Lowndes’ Megan Charbeneau, who wore shoes that read, “Pray for Boston” inscribed on the back, finished first in the 1600-meter run, while Pinkerton finished second. Charbeneau, who has signed with the University of Georgia, also finished first in the 3200-meter run, while teammate Alison Peters finished second.
Valdosta’s Destiny Lasane finished first in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles and Zakirra McKinnon finished third. In the 300-meter hurdles, Lowndes’ Jabria Lewis finished first, while McKinnon finished third.
Valdosta finished first in the 4x100-meter relay, and Lowndes finished third. Valdosta also finished first in the 4x400-meter relay, while Lowndes finished second.
In the high jump, Valdosta’s Destiny Lasane and Terri Oglesby finished third and fourth, respectively. In the long jump, Phillips and Hall finished first and second, respectively. Valdosta got another first place finisher in the triple jump, when Shyla Griffin beat out the competition.
In the boys’ competition, Valdosta’s Nelson Herring finished third in the 100-meter dash, while Lowndes’ Brandon Roberts finished fourth. Roberts finished second and Herring third in the 200-meter dash.
Lowndes’ Richard Williams finished first in the 800-meter run, while Jadon Long finished first in the 1600- and 3200-meter runs. Lowndes’ Tyler Thurman finished third in the 3200-meter run.
Lowndes’ Devonte Watts finished first in the 110-meter hurdles, while Valdosta’s Robert Kier finished third. Watts also finished first in the 300-meter hurdles, while teammate Ben Wright finished fourth.
Valdosta finished second in the 4x100-meter relay, and Lowndes finished fourth. In the 4x400-meter relay, Valdosta finished second and Lowndes third.
Valdosta’s Savious Stoney finished second in the long jump and the triple jump. Herring finished first in the triple jump for Valdosta.
Lowndes’ A.J. Harper finished second in the shot put, while Tre’ Jackson finished fourth in the discus. Valdosta’s Adrian Scott finished second in the discus.