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SEHS girls track team thrives with winning Edge
Aubrey Edge
Aubrey Edge hands off the baton to fellow runner Brianna Williams in the 4x100 relay.

By Donald Heath

Special for the Effingham Herald

GUYTON – Aubrey Edge probably could benefit from a day planner.

On the South Effingham track, she shuffles from the pole vault, to the shot put, then runs sprints in the team's 4 X 100 and 4 X 200 relays.

During the early part of the season, the junior, who announced her commitment to the University of Oregon for acrobatics and tumbling on April 1, combined track and game-day cheer practices. The cheer team won a state championship.

"I have to get in my zone for each," Edge said.

At the South Effingham Invitational on April 11, Edge was in the zone. She topped the field with a throw of 30 feet, 9 inches in the shot put, was second in the pole with a vault of 8-0 and was part of the Mustangs' third-place 4 X 100 relay team with a time of 52.00.

But Edge was particularly proud of her relay team's efforts in the 4 X 200 while setting a school record with a time of 1:50.34.

Edge runs a 200-meter leg along with Caroline Motes, Brianna Williams and Madison Mills. The quartet posted a school record 1:50.42 in SEHS' previous meet, Friday Night Lights at Savannah High on March 31.

"Hand offs are the big thing in the sprint relays," Edge said. "You have to trust your teammates."

Edge also knows success by trusting herself as well. The first time she tried the pole vault in a meet last season, she vaulted to a school-record 9 feet at the Alley Invitational in Richmond Hill.

Edge, who comes from an athletic family (father Kris played baseball at Georgia and brother Kameron is a wide receiver at Army), holds the top eight marks in the pole vault at South Effingham, including a school-record 9-9 set while finishing seventh in the Class 6A state championships in Carrollton last spring.

Jeremiah Chance
Rebels’ runner Jeremiah Chance looks at the scoreboard after completing the fourth leg of the 2x400 Relay.
The South Effingham Invitational served as a good warmup for SEHS and Effingham County athletes with the Region 2-6A track and field championships upcoming on April 25 in Evans.

The Rebels' 4 X 200 relay team topped the boys' field with a time 1:32.16.

South's girls' 4 X 400 and 4 X 800 relay teams both had first-place finishes with times of 4:29.36 and 10:59.69 respectively.

Allie Grassi won the pole vault with a vault of 8-6 and Mia Fitzpatrick won the discus with a throw of 89-2.

For the SEHS boys, Devin Hallman won the 800 with a time of 2:06.86 and the 4 X 400 relay claimed first with a 3:35.64.

Top-three performances from local athletes.

For the ECHS girls: Brooke Maseda (1600, 2nd, 5:38.38 and 3200, 3rd, 12:43.77), Roneisha Goss (LJ, 2nd, 16-9), Sarah Hinely (Disc, 2nd, 84-5 and Shot, 3rd, 29-11) and 4 X 400 (3rd, 4:47.83).

For the ECHS boys: Jeremiah Chance (100, 3rd, 11.22), Donovan Morrison (300H, 2nd, 44.87), Cory Dekle (TJ, 3rd, 41-11), 4 X 200 (1st, 1:32.16) and 4 X 400 (2nd, 3:38.89).

For the SEHS girls: Mia Fitzpatrick (800, 2nd, 2:38.64 and Disc, 1st, 89-2), Christeon Lewis (100H, 3rd, 15.91 and 300H, 2nd, 49.16), Riley Browne (HJ, 2nd, 5-2), Kymberlea Coppin (HJ, 3rd, 5-0), Allie Grassi (Pole, 1st, 8-6), Aubrey Edge (Pole, 2nd, 8-0 and Shot, 1st, 30-9), Jamie Grooms (Pole, 3rd, 7-6), 4 X 100 (3rd, 52.0), 4 X 200 (2nd, 1:50.34), 4 X 400 (1st, 4:29.36) and 4 X 800 (1st, 10:59.69).

For the SEHS boys: Amari Branch (400, 2nd, 51.31), Devin Hallman (400, 3rd, 51.32 and 800, 1st, 2:06.86), Isaiah Campbell (800, 2nd, 2:06.99), Tyler Phillips (1600, 2nd, 4:34.22 and 3200, 2nd, 10:07.91), Zachary Stapleton (110H, 2nd, 16.08 and 300H, 3rd, 45.11), Hayden Lloyd (LJ, 2nd, 20-00.5), Jamari Fields (LJ, 3rd, 20-0), Tanner Hughes (Disc, 3rd, 124-6), 4 X 200 (3rd, 1:33.83) and 4 X 400 (1st, 3:35.64).