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Dacula takes second at 8-AAAA meet

Loganville - Falcons are predators that fly through the air, but the Falcons of Dacula High School did their damage on the track.

Thanks to a strong showing in the Region 8-AAAA finals, Dacula finished second in the field of 11 at Loganville.

"I think our distance folks and sprinters stepped it up." Dacula coach Dave Machovec said. "They did better than what we really expected them to do, they ran hard, they fought, they ran with heart."

Dacula's 79 points gave it for second place behind first place Eastside High, which had 96 points. Winder-Barrow had 14 points.

Donovan Mahone had a strong showing, finishing third in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.75 seconds and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 40.0.

Maurice Koffi won the 400-meter final with a time of 49.83 as he separated himself from the pack in the final 100 meters. The distance runners also made some noise as Mike McClay won both the 1,600 and 3,200 meter finals and Chris Paterson placed sixth in the 800.

Dacula had a strong showing throughout and also had some surprises as Duke Terry added to the team's point total with an unexpected fifth place finish in the 200-meter dash, a pleasant surprise to coach Machovec.

"Duke Terry finished fifth in the 200 and I believe that he was seventh going into it (the finals), he picked us up, he got us some points."

Dacula finished first in the 3,200 relay and second in the 1,600 relay and had a total of eight contestants qualify for the state tournament.

Ian Marbuger did not qualify, but finished seventh in the 100.

Winder-Barrow did not have a great showing, finishing 10th overall. The team's best performance was the 1,600 relay where Winder-Barrow finished fourth.