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Brickell, Machovec impress at county track meet

Photo: Brian Kamer Brookwood's Bailey Vitatoe clears the pole in the high jump event in Saturday's Gwinnett County Track and Field Championship. Vitatoe won the event.

Photo: Brian Kamer Brookwood's Bailey Vitatoe clears the pole in the high jump event in Saturday's Gwinnett County Track and Field Championship. Vitatoe won the event.

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Photo: Brian Kamer Mill Creek's Quen Moore clears the pole during the pole vault event during Saturday's Gwinnett County Track and Field Championship. at Mill Creek. Moore won the event.

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Photo: Brian Kamer Dacula's Anna Machovec throws the discuss during Saturday's Gwinnett County Track and Field Championship at Mill Creek. Machovec won the event.

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Photo: Brian Kamer Mill Creek's Trevor Joyce throws the discuss during Saturday's Gwinnett County Track and Field Championship at Mill Creek. Joyce won the event.

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Photo: Brian Kamer Central Gwinnett's Jakael Bush jumps during the long jump event of Saturday's Gwinnett County Track and Field Championship at Mill Creek. Bush won the event.

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Photo: Brian Kamer Central Gwinnett's Aaron Taylor jumps in the long jump event during Saturday's Gwinnett County Track and Field Championship at Mill Creek. Taylor won the event.

HOSCHTON -- The opening day of the Gwinnett County Track and Field Championship cranked up Saturday at Mill Creek High School's Community Stadium and there were a number of impressive performances.

Peachtree Ridge's Josh Brickell came within 0.15 of a second of breaking a three-year meet record for the 1,600 meter run held by Grayson's Kirubel Erassa.

Brickell, a junior who posted a personal record of 4 minutes, 16.13 seconds just a week ago at the Coaches Invitational in Atlanta, ran away from the field right from the start and clocked a 4:17.46 and nearly eclipsed Erassa's meet record of 4:17.31.

"Maybe it wasn't my best day today after last week, but I felt good about my chances after the first lap," Brickell said. "It was a little slow at first, but I felt good after that and I'm happy I got the win. It's still early in the season and I don't race again for another two weeks or so. But I'll get in some speed work and get ready to go again."

Senior Morgan Malanoski of Brookwood placed second at 4:23.29 while sophomore Kevin Mills of Peachtree Ridge finished third with a time of 4:23.60.

On the girls' side, Brookwood's Caroline Kissel showed why she will be one of the favorites in the state this year with a title in the 1,600 meters.

Kissel, a senior who didn't enjoy the same success as Brickell last week, was on a mission Saturday and pulled away on the third lap to post a winning time of 5:04.14 -- seven seconds ahead of Katherine Yost of Norcross at 5:11.37.

"I really didn't run that well last weekend (at the Coaches Invitational) and I used that frustration to do better today," said Kissel, who also won the event in 2011. "I knew what I wanted to do today and I knew when I wanted to make a move in the race. It's still earlier in the spring (track season) and I have a lot left to run. It's my senior season and I want it to be special."

QuanDra Shanks of Brookwood placed third with a clocking of 5:15.55.

In the field events, Dacula's Anna Machovec took home a pair of titles in the shot put and discus.

Machovec, a sophomore, posted a 40 foot, 2.50 inches in the shot put and then came back later in the day to win the discus competition with a throw of 120-5.

"That was a PR (personal record) for me in the shot put, so I'm really happy with that," Machovec said.

Stephanie Amichia of Peachtree Ridge finished second in the shot put at 38-9.75 while Casidy Callahan of Norcross placed third at 37-4.5.

In the discus, Callahan placed second with a toss of 118-1 and Madison Sears of Peachtree Ridge was third at 113-8.

On the boys' side, Mill Creek's Trevor Joyce was equally impressive with titles in the shot put and discus.

Joyce, a senior, won the shot put with a toss of 52-6 and returned in the discus to win it with a throw of 152-8.

In the shot put, senior Alex Armah Jr. of Dacula was second with a throw of 50-11 and Grayson senior Matt Roon was third at 49-9.5.

The Parkview pair of sophomore John Patterson and senior Breon Weathersby placed second and third, respectively. Patterson's throw was 142-8 while Weathersby came in at 139-4.

Brookwood senior Justin Grose won his second straight county title in the pole vault by clearing 13-0.

Parkview senior Elijah Clark was second at 12-6 and Mill Creek junior Christian Wilson was third, also at 12-6.

Meanwhile, Mill Creek senior Quen Moore cleared 8-6 to win the girls' pole vault crown.

Moore was followed by Peachtree Ridge freshman Tiffany Kinard -- also at 8-6 -- and Mill Creek freshman Larsen Moore at 8-0.

Brookwood sophomore Bailey Vitatoe won the high jump at 6-6 and he was followed by Mill Creek junior Michael Cheeks (6-2) and North Gwinnett sophomore John Paul Harley (also at 6-2).

Mill Creek junior Malayshia George took the girls' high jump title at 5-4, followed by Peachtree Ridge sophomore Jazmine Johnson and Central Gwinnett senior Caryn Ivey (each also at 5-4).

The boys' triple jump crown went to North Gwinnett senior Malcom Jackson at 46-4.25 and he was followed by South Gwinnett senior Mark Watts (43-8.25) and Collins Hill junior Devin Monroe (43-4.25).

Senior Pakitta Jackson of Norcross won the girls triple jump at 35-0, followed by Shiloh senior Cynthia Butler (34-9) and Central Gwinnett junior Isamaelle Occeus (34-3.5).

Central Gwinnett senior Aaron Taylor won the boys long jump at 21-9.25 and he was followed by Norcross senior Curtis Whisby (21-1.50) and Dacula freshman Jacque Evangelister (20-11.5).

Freshman Jakael Bush of Central Gwinnett won the girls long jump championship at 17-7. Senior Moneice Watson of Berkmar (17-1) second and senior Kamilah Bakari of Norcross (16-7.5) was third.

Brookwood's boys led after the first day with a team score of 46 points, followed by Mill Creek in second at 37.5 and Dacula in third with 33.

The lead after Day 1 on the girls side belonged to Norcross with 48 points while Mill Creek was in second at 37 and Peachtree Ridge in third at 33.

Comments

Gary 2 years ago

Congratulations to Malcolm Jackson of North Gwinnett High School for winning the boys' triple jump at the Gwinnett County track and field championships! Congratulations also to John Paul Hartley for placing third in the boys' high jump! Way to go Bulldogs!

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