On Saturday, April 7th the Vidalia Heritage Academy middle school track teams competed in the GICAA track & field state championships in Griffin, GA.  Both the boys and girls teams had great results, placing in the top 8 in almost every event they competed in. For the girls, 5th grader Georgia Meredith placed 8th in the 3200M.  Rebecca Evans placed 7th in the 200M and 4th in the 100M.  Rebecca Proenza placed 8th in the 800M, 5th in the 1600M, and was state runner-up in the 3200M.  Lydia Sammons placed 4th in the 400M, 3rd in the 100M hurdles, 2nd in the 300M hurdles, and was the state champion in the triple jump.  The girls 4 x 400M team also placed 5th, consisting of: Julia O'Neal, Rebecca Proenza, Rebecca Evans, and Lydia Sammons.

On the boys side, Hugh Baird placed 7th in the 200M, 6th in the 400M, and 3rd in the long jump.  Rhett Sikes placed 8th in the discus, and 5th in the shot put.  Tate Sikes was 4th in the 1600M and 3rd in the 800M.  Mason Beacham took 4th in the discus, and was state runner-up in the shot put.  Will Puckett placed 3rd in the 300M hurdles, 2nd in the triple jump, and was the state champion in the 100M hurdles.  The boys 4 x 100M team and 4 x 400M team both took 5th in their respective events, with both teams consisting of: Colt Reddick, Will Puckett, Tate Sikes, and Hugh Baird. 

"To say I am pleased with the results today would be an understatement. These kids have worked hard all spring, improving times and distances. For many of them, this was this first year doing track. The boys team was state runners-up last year, and we lost a big group of 8th graders. Our current 8th graders stepped up this year and led the team. We finished 4th as a team on the boys side, and going into the last event, we were only 6 points out of 2nd place. On the girls side, we went from only having 2-3 competing last year to placing 5th as a team. Last year, we didn't even have enough girls to run relays, now we are scoring enough points to place in the top 5 at the state competition. We had a couple of competitors on both sides that were just a second or 2 or a few inches away from placing in the top 8 in their events as well. We had someone placed in the top 8 in every event we competed in other than 1-2 I believe, which says a lot for the level our kids are competing at." Coach Jeremy Moore said. 4 9 18 Lydia VHA

(Pictured: Lydia Sammons: State Champion, Triple Jump. 4 9 18 Will VHA

Will Puckett: State Champion 100M Hurdles)

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