Times-Georgian/ from staff reports
Black and Gold dominated Barron Stadium in Rome on Thursday.
With the first step toward the GHSA Track and Field State Championships coming in the form of the Region 7-AAAAA Championships, both Carrollton High School squads stated their case for Class AAAAA contention with first-place finishes among the nine-team field.
The Lady Trojans scored 141 points to roll past host Rome (96), Woodland, Cartersville (95) and Hiram (91) in a tight race for second place, while the Trojans tallied 125 points to edge Rome (117). The Villa Rica girls and boys both finished in seventh place.
Leading the way once again for the Trojans was senior thrower Jeremiah Pierce, who swept his events with first-place finishes in the shot put (59-8) and discus (163-3), while teammate Robert Johnson took second in the shot put (47-4).
Also in the field, Mike Higgins placed first in the high jump (6-4).
On the track, Carrollton was led by Gary Savage, who won both hurdles with a 15.16-second spurt in the 110 hurdles, followed by a 40.79 in the 300 hurdles. Bryce McNealy rounded Carrollton's region champions in the 400 (49.35), while Joshua Beam placed second in the 3,200 (10:26.31).
For the Carrollton girls, Payton Phillips vaulted to first place (11-5) to lead the charge in the field events, while there proved to be plenty of speed on the track for the Lady Trojans.
Both relay squads were victorious with the quartet of Scout Jennings, Adasha Hendrix, Fatima Edmondson and Olivia Dukes taking top honors in the sprint relay in school-record time (47.87), while Jennings, Dukes, Dajah Sheppard and Katie Dortch also finished first (4:07.52) in the mile relay.
Jennings added a first in the 400 (58.39) and a second in the 200 (26.45), while Kaysi Franklin won the 100 hurdles (15.50) and placed second in the 300 hurdles (46.50). Sheppard also took second in the 100 (12.75), followed by Dukes in third (12.82).
For Villa Rica, its sprint relay of Dateria Brown, Hannah Andrews, Aliyah Hindsman and Daja Smith placed second (49.83), as did Andrews in the 400 (59.27) with Smith taking third (1:00.51).
For the Wildcats, Alija Orozco placed third in the 800 (2:06.93), Braxton Shackleford placed third in the triple jump (44-0.5) and Dushaunte Holloway took fourth in the long jump (21-2.5).