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Cierski helps Mill Creek to Day 1 lead at region meet

Photo: David McGregor. Mill Creek's Tyler Cierski competes in the shot put during the Region 7-AAAAA boys track and field meet on Monday afternoon at Mill Creek High School.

Photo: David McGregor. Mill Creek's Tyler Cierski competes in the shot put during the Region 7-AAAAA boys track and field meet on Monday afternoon at Mill Creek High School.

HOSCHTON — Halfway through the field events, storms began to roll through Gwinnett.

The bad weather was to the west of Mill Creek High School before closing in and delaying the Region 7-AAAAA track meet nearly two hours Monday.

A halt was called with three events in the books and three more fairly close to finishing.

Region 7-AAAAA boys track meet

At Mill Creek

Monday's results

Shot put

1. Tyler Cierski, Mill Creek, 52-2.5

2. Trevor Joyce, Mill Creek, 50-11

3. Jason Croom, Norcross, 46-1.5

4. Jamarcus Connely, Norcross, 43-7.5

5. Mario Lemuel, Peachtree Ridge, 42-6

6. Erroll Allen, North Gwinnett, 40-7.5

7. Mark Ruskell, Duluth, 40-5.75

8. Anije Williams, Collins Hill, 40-3.5

Long jump

1. Torri Tillman, Peachtree Ridge, 23-7.5

2. Malcolm Davis, Norcross, 21-11.75

3. Alec McGehee, Duluth, 21-10.5

4. Anthony Autry, Norcross, 21-6

5. Chris Wiggins, Collins Hill, 21-1

6. Brian Lewis, Peachtree Ridge, 21-0

7. Zack Davis, Mill Creek, 20-3.5

8. Myles Campbell, Duluth, 19-10.75

Pole vault

1. Matt Morris, Peachtree Ridge, 14-0

2. Mason Sheets, Mill Creek, 14-0

3. Kevin Sangston, Norcross, 13-0

4. Terris Elliott, Mountain View, 12-6

5. Aaron Maness, Mill Creek, 12-0

6. Malik Hargro, Meadowcreek, 12-0

7. Dante Bennett, Meadowcreek, 12-0

8. Bijan Moshglani, Duluth, 11-0

Triple jump

1. Alec McGehee, Duluth, 45-0

2. Malcolm Jackson, North Gwinnett, 44-7

3. Brian Lewis, Peachtree Ridge, 44-2

4. Anthony Autry, Norcross, 41-11

5. J.T. Tolbert, Norcross, 41-4.5

6. Quintaz Shipp, Collins Hill, 41-3

7. Joshua Stanford, Duluth, 41-1

8. Anthonay Asaad, North Gwinnett, 40-0.5

Discus

1. Tyler Cierski, Mill Creek, 162-0

2. Dre Spearman, Mill Creek, 140-6

3. Kevin Sangston, Norcross, 123-4

4. Jamarcus Connely, Norcross, 122-10

5. Anije Williams, Collins Hill, 121-5

6. A.J. Houston, Peachtree Ridge, 115-2

7. Davonta Johnson, Duluth, 113-9

8. Dajon Wideman, Meadowcreek, 107-0

High jump

1. Malcolm Davis, Norcross, 6-8

2. Chris Wiggins, Collins Hill, 6-4

3. Macky McLee, Mill Creek, 6-4

4. John Paul Harley, North Gwinnett, 6-2

5. Julean Harris, Meadowcreek, 6-0

6. Fredrick Hill, Mountain View, 5-10

7. Chad Scott, North Gwinnett 5-10

8. D'Aron Hill, Peachtree Ridge, 5-10

1,600

1. Josh Brickell, Peachtree Ridge, 4:49.63

2. Austin Boetje, Mill Creek, 4:24.74

3. Andy Gonzalez, Collins Hill, 4:31.04

4. Matt Weickert, Peachtree Ridge, 4:31.66

5. Glen Feller, Mill Creek, 4:34.09

6. Taylor Martin, Collins Hill, 4:38.93

7. Matthew Ursprung, North Gwinnett, 4:39.36

8. Arman Rehmann, Norcross, 4:40.96

Team scores

1. Mill Creek, 68

2. Norcross, 52

3. Peachtree Ridge, 46

4. Collins Hill, 26

5. North Gwinnett, 12.5

6. Duluth, 12

7. Meadowcreek, 10

8. Mountain View 7.5

It didn’t derail Tyler Cierski.

The Mill Creek senior, who already had won the shot put, came back from the break to claim a second title in the discus. His throw of 162 feet was more than 20 feet ahead of teammate and runner-up Dre Spearman.

Cierski, a fullback bound for Maryland in the fall, had a season-best effort in the shot put. After plateauing around 48 feet — which was good enough to win the county title earlier this year — Cierski surpassed his previous best, and the field, by several feet.

He won with a mark of 52-2 and credits a change in form with the significant improvement he’s seen since county.

“I’ve been experimenting with a new spin technique the past few weeks now, Cierski said. “It’s starting to pay off.

His performance at region sets up Cierski well for state, where he was third in the discus last year, but didn’t qualify to compete in the shot.

“I’m pretty confident,” Cierski said. “We’ve got two weeks until state so I’ll get some extra work in. My goal is to get to 55.

Mill Creek, Norcross and Peachtree Ridge battled at the top with just five points separating them before the delay. The Hawks were helped primarily by 1-2 finishes in the throwing events (Trevor Joyce was second in the shot) and a state-qualifying runner-up effort for Mason Sheats in the pole vault.

Mill Creek led with 68 points heading into today’s running finals. Norcross kept a steady pace with five top-5 finishes in the first three events and three more after the break. The best performer was Malcolm Davis, who won the high jump and was runner-up in the long jump. Those efforts pushed the Blue Devils into second with 52 points.

Peachtree Ridge got the majority of its points from three championship showings and was third (46) in the team standings.

Josh Brickell closed out the day’s finals with a winning time of 4 minutes, 49.63 seconds in the 1,600. Matt Morris won the pole vault and Torri Tillman went 23 feet, 7 inches to defend his region long jump title.

Tillman was hoping for a bit better mark, but still has the state meet in two weeks to hit his goal. The senior beat out Davis, who won the county title with Tillman sitting out the meet.

“I’ve jumped 24-9 before so I was expecting to jump that,” Tillman said. “I think my first jump was that or better, but then I don’t know, the rest of them was worrying about the mark and stuff. I don’t know. I’ll do better at state.

“It was hot, but it was good weather to run and jump. I kind of like conditions more hyped, too. But this region, you’re just supposed to execute. I’m just thankful I made it through to state.”