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Wesleyan can't hold lead in 7-A meet

NORCROSS - Wesleyan's lead grew to 27 points when the host Wolves won the 400-meter relay to open the second day of the Region 7-A boys track and field championships.

"We were hoping that might be enough," Wesleyan coach Chad McDaniel said.

Eagle's Landing Christian made sure it wasn't, however.

The Chargers won the final seven events Tuesday and beat out Wesleyan by 12 points to claim the region championship behind the double victories of Darien Hudson and Luke Cathy.

"We knew that we would have to have a perfect day and they would have to fall back a little," McDaniel said. "We had a good day, but they were the ones who were perfect. They have a great team with a lot of speed."

ELCA's fastest athlete was Hudson, a junior who had previously been better know for his football exploits as a running back.

Hudson won the 200-meter dash in a blazing 22.77 seconds after taking the 100 meters in 11.34 seconds.

"I wasn't really thinking about my time," Hudson said of his career best in the 200. "I was just trying to help my team."

While Hudson was dominating the sprints, Cathy was doing the same in the hurdles. He won the 110-meter event in 15.65 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 40.56.

As good as Hudson and Cathy were, though, it was John Riggins who led ECLA overall with 27.5 points. That tied him with Wesleyan's Zander Yost for high-point honors in the meet.

Riggins put ELCA ahead for good by closing with a big kick to catch and pass Wesleyan's Brandon Ramsey in the 800 meters. Riggins was timed in 2:01.10, with Ramsey a fraction back at 2:01.91.

Yost was part of Wesleyan's winning 400-meter relay team and also qualified for the state meet in three other events. He placed second behind Cathy in the two hurdle races after finishing as the runner-up in the triple jump on Monday.

ELCA finished with 184 team points to 172 for Wesleyan. Providence Christian was third in the eight-team competition with 58 points.

Eric Mills was Providence's winner, finishing ahead of Riggins to win the 400 meters with a time of 49.81. Riggins ran 51.97.

Luke Baker, who won the 1,600 for ELCA on Monday, came back to easily take the 3,200 in 9:54.89. Jonathan Preg of Providence earned a berth in the state meet by finishing second at 10:16.10.

SideBar: Region track

Region 7-A Boys

Championships

At Wesleyan

Tuesday's State Qualifiers

400-meter relay

1. Wesleyan, :44.93

2. Greenforest, :45.41

400-meter run

1. Eric Mills, Providence, 49.81

2. John Riggins, ELCA, 51.97

100-meter dash

1. Darien Hudson, ELCA, 11.34

2. Dylan Elder, ELCA, 11:40

110 hurdles

1. Luke Cathy, ELCA, 15.65

2. Zander Yost, Wesleyan, 16.59

800-meter run

1. John Riggins, ELCA, 2:01.10

2. Brandon Ramsey, Wesleyan, 2:01.91

200-meter run

1. Darien Hudson, ELCA, 22.77

2. Brad Bostic, Mt. Pisgah, 22.89

300 hurdles

1. Luke Cathy, ELCA, 40.56

2. Zander Yost, Wesleyan, 42.51

3,200-meter run

1. Luke Baker, ELCA, 9:54.89

2. Jonathan Preg, Providence, 10:16.10

1,600-meter relay

1. ELCA, 3:28.00

2. Wesleyan, 3:31.71

Team results

1. ELCA 184

2. Wesleyan 172

3. Providence 58

4. Mt. Pisgah 48

5. Greenforest 20

6. Fellowship 9

7. St. Francis 3

8. Paideia 1