The conclusion to the 2019 track and field seasons for the six local GHSA high schools this past weekend saw 21 events make the podium with the Rockdale County boys' five topping the list.
Jereme Faison and Tre'Mond Pruitt each podiumed twice while Elijah Jefferson rounded out the Bulldogs' placements in Class AAAAAAA. Pruitt took sixth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.65 and took seventh in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.21.
Faison's leap of 22 feet, 10 1/2 inches rewarded him with a runner-up finish in long jump. His jump of six feet, two inches in high jump rewarded him seventh. In triple jump, standout sophomore Elijah Jefferson leaped a season-best 45 feet, nine inches to take home fifth.
Both the Heritage boys and Eastside boys placed in four events. Heritage's Devron Harper repeated as the Class AAAAAA state high jump champion with a jump of six feet, six inches and took second in long jump with a leap of 23 feet, 4 1/2 inches.
Darryl Jefferson took home seventh in the 800-meter run with a season-best time of 1:59.92 while Keveione Zanders's season-best toss of 147 feet, six inches landed him in eighth in discus.
Eastside's Jeff Haynes reached the podium twice for the Eagles in Class AAAA. A time of 21.96 in the 200-meter run landed Haynes in fourth while his time of 50.85 in the 400-meter run landed him in seventh.
Both Eastside relay teams placed third in Saturday's finals. The Eagles' 100-meter relay team of Giovanni Macek, Keenan McDonald, Jordan Rodgers and Jovan King finished third with a season-best time of 42.38 while the 400-meter relay team of Demetirus Williams, Haynes, McDonald and Antonio Macek ran a 3:20.77.
Three podium finishes for Rockdale County's Imani Flanagan were the most of any high school in the area. The senior Georgia State signee took eighth in the 200 with a time of 25.66, fifth in the 400 with a time of 56.60 and fourth in high jump with a jump of five feet, six inches.
Heritage's Jada Banks and Amiel Dabney were the lone Patriot girls to reach the podium. Banks' 5:20.03 in the 1600-meter run landed her in eighth while Dabney's season-best time of 14.09 in the 100-meter hurdles rewarded her with a fifth-place finish.
Elaina Housworth and Giah Thomas represented Alcovy on the podium in Class AAAAAA. Housworth's leap of 37 feet, 5 1/2 inches in triple jump gave her a seventh-place finish while Thomas's 400 time of 58.51 gave her a seventh-place finish, too.
The lone representative from the Newton girls, the 400-meter relay team of Kaylah Allen, Liliyah Sterling, Celene Stringer and Hannah Bodus took eighth with a time of 3:59.44.
Rockdale County boys, 12th
110-meter hurdles: Tre'Mond Pruitt, 15.21, 7th
300-meter hurdles: Tre'Mond Pruitt, 39.65, 6th
Long jump: Jereme Faison, 22-10 1/2, 2nd
Triple jump: Elijah Jefferson, 45-9, 5th (SB)
High jump: Jereme Faison, 6-2, 7th
Rockdale County girls, 18th
200-meter run: Imani Flanagan, 25.66, 8th
400-meter run: Imani Flanagan, 56.60, 5th
High jump: Imani Flanagan, 5-6, 4th
Eastside boys, 8th
200-meter run: Jeff Haynes, 21.96, 4th
400-meter run: Jeff Haynes, 50.85, 7th
100-meter relay: 42.38, 3rd, (SB)
400-meter relay: 3:20.77, 3rd
Heritage boys, 12th
800-meter run: Darryl Jefferson, 1:59.92, 7th (SB)
High jump: Devron Harper, 6-6, 1st
Long jump: Devron Harper, 23-4 1/2, 2nd
Discus: Keveione Zanders, 147-6, 8th (SB)
Heritage girls, 28th
1600-meter run: Jada Banks, 5:20.03, 8th
100-meter hurdles: Amiel Dabney, 14.90, 5th (SB)
Alcovy girls, 33rd
400-meter run: Giah Thomas, 58.51, 7th
Triple jump: Elaina Housworth, 37-5 1/2, 7th
Newton girls, 31st
400-meter relay: 3:59.44, 8th