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Collins Hill's Hambolu wins pair of county titles

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Brookwood's Jared Munday executes a toss during the boys shot put event in the Gwinnett County Track and Field Championship at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton Monday. Munday placed first in the shot put with a throw of 53-05.50.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Brookwood's Jared Munday executes a toss during the boys shot put event in the Gwinnett County Track and Field Championship at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton Monday. Munday placed first in the shot put with a throw of 53-05.50.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Shiloh's Jeremy McDuffie leaps during the varsity long jump event in the Gwinnett County Track and Field Championship at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton Monday. McDuffie placed first in the event with a jump of 21-05.00.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Collin Hill's Bola Hambolu leaps during the girls long jump event in the Gwinnett County Track and Field Championship at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton Monday. Hambolu won the long jump and triple jump event.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Mill Creek's Tyler Woodrome leads the pack beside Peachtree Ridge's Kevin Mills during the boys 1600 meter race in the Gwinnett County Track and Field Championship at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton Monday. Woodrome won the race in 4:32.56.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Norcross' Casidy Callahan executes a toss during the girls discus event in the Gwinnett County Track and Field Championship at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton Monday. Callahan placed second in the discus with a throw of 108-00.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Parkview's John Patterson executes a toss during the boys shot put event in the Gwinnett County Track and Field Championship at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton Monday. Patterson placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 49-09.50

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Norcross' Katherine Yost leads the pack during the girls 1600 meter run during the Gwinnett County Track and Field Championship at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton Monday. Yost won the 1600 in a time of 5:19.48.

HOSCHTON -- In 40 degree temperatures and the occasional snow flurries, it wasn't the ideal conditions for a track and field meet.

Collins Hill's Bola Hambolu found a way to make the most out of the wintery conditions, though.

The Collins Hill sophomore won the long jump and triple at the Gwinnett County Championships hosted Monday at Mill Creek.

"On a day like today, you take what you can get," Collins Hill coach Richard Ramsey said. "In Gwinnett County, when you can come out on top in both of those events, it's something special. She had a great day and I'm proud of her."

Hambolu won the long jump with a mark of 16 feet, 8.25 inches and claimed the triple jump title with a mark of 36-7. Both marks were just a few inches off her personal records.

"In conditions like this, holy cow. For anybody to jump well is great," Ramsey said.

Hambolu's performance put Collins Hill in third place in the team standings with 36 points. The Eagles trail Mill Creek (47.5) and Norcross (38). In the boys meet, defending county and state champion Brookwood is in first place with 52 points, followed by Mill Creek (37) and Parkview (25). The meet will resume on Wednesday with the running finals.

Brookwood's Bailey Vitatoe won the high jump with a mark of 6-4 and Jared Munday won the shot put at 53-5.5 to boost the Broncos. Munday was also third in the discus.

Mill Creek's Tyler Woodrome took the 1,600-meter run county title with a time of 4 minutes, 32.56 seconds. Shiloh's Jeremy McDuffie won the long jump with a mark of 21-5 and Parkview's John Patterson took the discus title with a throw of 159-5.

Lanier's Devon Valentine won the triple jump with a mark of 45-11.25 to become the program's first county champion in its three years of existence.

Buford's David Curry won the pole vault championship after a mark of 12-6. Curry, the son of former Atlanta Falcon Buddy Curry, is the first county champ for the Wolves since Dana Mayfield in 2002.

"He's a great competitor," Buford coach David Snell said. "He's performs well under pressure. He's been vaulting very well lately."

Mill Creek's girls had a pair of county champions to take the Day 1 lead.

Malayshia George won the high jump title with a mark of 5-4 and Kelsey Gray took the discus title with a throw of 118 feet.

Norcross' Katherine Yost won the 1,600-meter crown with a time of 5:19.58 and Casidy Callahan won the shot put with a throw of 41-4.5. Callahan also took second in the discus with a throw of 108.

Grayson's Kayla Harrison won the pole vault county championship with a vault of 9-0, beating out Peachtree Ridge's Tiffany Kinard on attempts.