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Machovec sweeps throwing titles

JEFFERSON - Israel Machovec finished his high school throwing career on Thursday by winning two state championships.

The Dacula senior won the shot put by more than six inches over future UGA teammate David Schiedt from Lassiter and then later won the discus title.

"It feels good, I'm happy," Machovec said. "The shot I'm happy with for the most part, overall I'm pretty happy."

Despite winning the shot title with a throw of 58 feet, 73⁄4 inches, Machovec was still disappointed with his throw. The defending state champion was hoping to end his career with the top throw of the meet, but that went to Villa Rica's Wesley Wright with a throw of 60-73⁄4.

"I just couldn't hit on," Machovec said. "But everything's OK. I threw 58, so I should have fun with it."

It was in the discus that Machovec crushed the competition and set a new personal record. Machovec threw 182-1 to beat his previous best of 176-10. Collins Hill's Eric Gill was the second-place finisher and more than 20 feet behind Machovec with a toss of 161-0.

"I feel a lot better about my discus throw than my shot throw," said Machovec, who finished fourth last year. "It's weird because I've been struggling all year in discus."

Averso takes AA high jump title

Providence Christian's Daniel Averso came close to setting the Class AA high jump record and had to settle for just winning the state championship. Not a bad consolation prize.

Averso cleared 6-8 to beat Westside-Augusta's Alex Walker for the state title and then went for the record, but couldn't clear 6-101⁄2.

"I really wanted it," Averso said. "Coming into today one of my goals was to set the state record, but being a state champ feels pretty good."

Two years ago, Averso was sitting on his couch at this time and after the convincing of his coaches, he finally decided to try high jump last year as a junior. Averso finished fourth in the last year's state meet.

The Georgia-bound high jumper, who will room with Machovec in Athens, never considered just tying the state record.

"I felt like go for it all or don't go for it at all," Averso said.

Spartans finish 1-2 in 1,600

When Frank Bolling and Justin Schneider compete in the 1,600-meter race, it's usually Bolling winning for Greater Atlanta Christian.

Thursday it was a passing of the torch as Schneider, a junior, beat Bolling, a senior, to win the Class AA 1,600 state championship

"It feels great to finish that way," Schneider said. "That was our goal. We're a team and that's just what we wanted to do was score 18 points."

Schneider ran a 4 minute, 27.99 second race to claim the title, beating Bolling, who ran a 4:28.74.

Brookwood sophomore

wins state title

Brookwood sophomore Terence Davis used a 6-8 jump to win the Class AAAAA state high jump championship in his first year of competition.

"It's special because it's my first one," Davis said. "I hope there is more to come."

The Region 8-AAAAA champion also set a new personal record, passing his old mark of 6-4.

Other state placers

Norcross' Jodie Meeks placed third in the Class AAAAA long jump with a mark of 23-31⁄4. Dacula's Toheeb Onibipe was eighth in the same event with a jump of 21-73⁄4.

In the 1,600, Collins Hill's Nathan Frasier took third with a time of 4:18.59. Brookwood's Billy Mateker was sixth, Collins Hill's Bryan Wilson was seventh and Parkview's Michael Winston was eighth.

Buford's Justin Roper took fifth in the Class AA high jump with a leap of 6-4. The Oregon football signee attempted 6-6, but could never clear the bar. Roper's teammate, Omar Hunter, finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 47-83⁄4.

Shiloh's Eliott Anderson took eighth in the Class AAAAA shot put with a toss of 47-51⁄2. Kendall Parks of Norcross finished eighth as well in the triple jump with a mark of 44-10.