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Dacula throwers sweep at Region 8-AAAAA meet

Staff Photo: John Bohn Caryn Ivey of Central Gwinnett won the girls high jump with an effort of 5' 2" during the Region 8-AAAAA Track  and Field Championships held at Brookwood High School Wednesday. On this attempt, she fails to clear the bar at 5' 5" after winning the event.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Caryn Ivey of Central Gwinnett won the girls high jump with an effort of 5' 2" during the Region 8-AAAAA Track and Field Championships held at Brookwood High School Wednesday. On this attempt, she fails to clear the bar at 5' 5" after winning the event.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn AaronTaylor of Central Gwinnett jumps 21' 7" to win the boys long jump in the Region 8-AAAAA Track and Field Championships held at Brookwood High School Wednesday.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Anna Machovec of Dacula wins the girls discus throw in the Region 8-AAAAA Track and Field Championships held at Brookwood High School Wednesday. Machovec won the event with a throw of 120' 9" as well as winning the girls shot put.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Grayson pole vaulter Kayla Harrison clears 9 feet to win the girls pole vault during the Region 8-AAAAA Track and Field Championships held at Brookwood High School Wednesday.

SNELLVILLE -- Not that many years ago, Anna Machovec was a beribboned kid running around the infield at her older sister's track meets.

Now Anna is ready to challenge Eve's record for region titles -- and she's right on track.

Machovec, a sophomore at Dacula, repeated as Region 8-AAAAA champ in both the discus and shot put on Wednesday at Brookwood High School.

The discus mark of 120 feet, 9 inches was a person record by 4 inches and beat the field by nearly 12 feet.

"She works hard," said David Machovec, her dad and coach. "She's a three-sport athlete. She doesn't have the years of reps that Eve did."

Machovec wasn't all that pleased with her winning mark of 37-4 -1/2 in the shot put, but was happy with picking up another region title.

"Sectionals, I'll have to do better at," Machovec said. "But things have been going really well this year. I've improved so much since last year."

A driving rain drenched competitors in the early afternoon, but finally let up as the running prelims began.

"The weather really did affect by shot," Machovec said. "But it cleared up for discus and that actually helped a lot."

Machovec is the third of her siblings to win throwing championships for Dacula. Her older brother Israel and sister Eve are both now at the University of Georgia.

As a grade-schooler, Anna was at a lot of meets with her family.

But she wasn't paying attention.

"I would play," Machovec said with a laugh. "I was just hanging out."

Her dad has coached all his kids in both events, but he took a different tack with Anna than her older siblings.

"I backed off training her as early," David Machovec said. "She's picked up on it. She's really improved. Even though she didn't PR today, her practice reps are looking real good. So I'm happy with that.

"She's a sophomore and having fun with it. I'm trying to keep it more fun. It was a lot more business with Israel and Eve."

It's hard to argue with his results. Machovec wasn't the only Dacula thrower to sweep.

Senior Durum Alarms won the boys discus (147-9) and shot (51-7). His teammate Alex Armah Jr., was runner-up in both events.

The Falcons' throwers were the only multiple-title winners on the cold and rainy day.

But Brookwood's Caroline Kissel won her fourth straight region title in the 1,600, cruising to the win in 5 minutes, 16.74 seconds.

It wasn't a personal best, but it did accomplish her goal.

"It's my senior year and I've won since I was a freshman in the mile, so this is a really nice way to finish it," Kissel said.

Central Gwinnett's Caryn Ivey also repeated as the high jump champ.