Deerfield-Windsor’s Chapman Ivey competes in the triple jump Friday afternoon in the GISA track & field state meet at Hugh Mills Stadium. (Staff Photo: Tim Morse)
ALBANY — Matthew Fox wouldn’t take much credit for his individual state championship in the shot put. The Deerfield-Windsor School senior has his eyes on a much bigger prize.
The team title.
Fox and teammate Nick Michas finished 1-2 in the shot put, giving the Knights 18 points in the team standings at the GISA state track & field meet Friday at Hugh Mills Stadium.
Then the duo did it again in the discus, finishing 1-2. Fox won with a throw of 147-feet, 2-inches, while Michas finished second at 133.
The Knights lead the Class AAA boys team standings with eight of the 16 events completed, including all field events and the 1600 and 800-meter runs. Deerfield-Windsor enters today’s final with 69 points, while Stratford is a close second with 54.
The Lady Knights could also have a chance to compete for the team championship, too. They trail first-place Bulloch Academy by 12 1/2 points.
The final running events begin at 9 a.m. this morning with the 3200 in all classifications.
Deerfield-Windsor’s boys also used 14 points from Alec Miller and Will Calhoun in the pole vault, who finished second and third, respectively. Miller finished with a vault of 12-feet, while Calhoun came in at 11-6.
“It would be pretty nice to win the team title and all of our hard work pay off,” said Fox, who won the shot put with a heave of 50-4 to outdistance Michas, who finished at 46-10 3/4.
The Knights also got a third-place finish in the 800 from Joe Tondera (2:07.80) and a second-place finish from Chapman Ivey (20-10 3/4) in the long jump.
Sarah Parker Jones was the Lady Knights’ lone state champion as she took first in the pole vault, finishing at 9-feet to outdistance second-place Jackie Goodwin of the Atlanta Girls Academy.
“I’m still kind of in shock,” Jones said. “I didn’t think I was going to pull it out.”
Virginia Moore finished second for the Lady Knights in the 800 with a time of 2:21.83. She was also second in the 1600 (5:21.88).
Libby Greene finished third in the triple jump (33-5 3/4) and fourth in the long jump (16-1), while Cheyenne Colvin finished third in the discus (94-3).
Sherwood Christian’s Samantha Pappas earned a fifth-place finish in the 1600 finals on Thursday with a time of 5:56.08.
In Class AA boys, Westwood is in third place with 43 points behind Brentwood’s 47 and first-place Trinity Christian’s 86.5 points.
The Wildcats got a second-place finish from Jamie Davis in the shot put. Davis threw 45-1, while teammate Jacques Irvin was third with a throw of 41-5. Davis also added a fourth-place finish in the discus (113-3)
Collier Baggett finished second in the long jump (19-8 1/2) and fourth in the triple jump (39-9 3/4), while Dylan Smith added a third-place finish in the pole vault (10-0).
In Class AA girls, Westwood is fourth with 28 points. The Lady Wildcats got the majority of their points in the pole vault when Savannah Robertson (8-6) and Leah Hilliard (8-0) finished first and second, respectively.
Terrell Academy’s Ross Hunter won the boys Class AA high jump (6-feet), while Logan Eubanks earned a third-place finish in the discus (113-8).
Meanwhile, Terrell’s Brittany Spillman earned a fourth-place finish in the discus (89-3).
Crisp Academy got a third-place finish from Amanda Foster in the 1600, who finished at 6:15.49. She also finished fourth in the discus (76-7).
Crisp’s Parker Krause finished second in the long jump (15-6 1/4), while teammate Madi Mitchell earned a fourth-place finish in the shot put (28-8 1/4).
Jake Smith of Crisp Academy finished second in the long jump (19-0 1/2) and fourth in the discus (99-2).