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Former Effingham County High School runner Gabrielle Houston won the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.03 seconds last weekend in the Appalachian State Invitational.

Houston, the reigning Big South women’s track and field athlete of the year and an all-American, also took third in the 200-meter dash for the Charleston Southern University indoor track team. Houston also ran a 7.55 at Clemson’s Roaring Tiger Invitational earlier this month to win the 60-meter dash.

The Lady Bucs return three of the four members (Houston, Jessica Thomas and Misha Morris) of the All-American 4x100m relay team that finished eighth at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships.

Kyana Barber (Effingham County) — Barber is a freshman for the Middle Georgia Lady Warriors, who are 9-2. She is averaging 6.6 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game. Barber leads the team with 2.6 steals per game. She is shooting 54.9 percent from the field.

Shaniqua Goldwire (Effingham County) — Goldwire is a freshman for Middle Georgia and is averaging 13.7 points per game, the second-best average on the team. Goldwire also is averaging 10.5 rebounds per game and is 20th in the nation in rebounding. She is shooting 58.2 percent from the field, which puts her 38th nationally.

Daniel Browning (South Effingham) — Browning, a sophomore guard for Augusta State, is averaging 1.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game for the 6-0 Jaguars. Augusta State is ranked No. 4 in the nation among Division II teams.