May 1, 2014

Southeast’s Salinas on track for success at 4A state track and field meet

Two local high school track and field athletes placed in the top eight to earn team points on the first day of the Georgia High School Association’s girls state meets, and others did well enough in preliminaries to still have a shot at a state title.

For teams in Murray and Whitfield counties, a heavy dose of action happened Thursday, when state meets for all six GHSA classifications began at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany. Those meets continue today and will finish Saturday, when most of the running finals will be held.

In Class 4A, Northwest Whitfield’s Analeigh Hopkins finished sixth in the pole vault at 8 feet and earned three team points. Dalton’s Adrianna Bryant finished eighth in the triple jump, at 35-3 1/4, earning the Lady Catamounts one point.

Southeast Whitfield’s Isabel Salinas qualified for the 800-meter run final with a preliminary time of 2 minutes, 25.52 seconds, good for third in her heat. She will compete today in the 1,600 final, for which there are no prelims, and return Saturday for the 800 final.

“She did what she had to get it in,” Southeast coach Mike Durham said of Salinas’ performance in the 800 preliminary. “In my opinion, it’s anybody’s race. She’s just trying to get out a good start and see how it falls. She ran a pretty smart race. We’re excited and happy for her.”

Salinas’ teammate, Wendy Perez, finished ninth in the discus with a throw of 98-7. Dalton’s Natalie Ramos finished 13th in the shot put at 31-8 1/2.

Hopkins’ fraternal twin, McKinley Hopkins, competed in both the 100-meter hurdles and the triple jump. She finished ninth in the former in 15.54 seconds and 15th in the latter at 33-7 1/2.

Murray County’s Katlyn Richardson qualified for the finals in the Class 2A 800 with a preliminary time of 2:33.07, good for fifth in her heat and eighth-fastest overall.

In Class 3A, North Murray’s Megan Pittman finished ninth in the discus with a throw of 101-2.

Coahulla Creek’s Evelyn Botello was listed as a participant in the 3,200, but that event’s results were not available by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

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