LaGrange’s Gibbs takes fifth at state
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
ALBANY – LaGrange High’s Kale Gibbs put the finishing touches on a memorable school year with a medal-winning performance at the state track and field meet in Albany.
Gibbs, who was an all-state running back during football season, earned a fifth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles.
Gibbs finished the race in a time of 15.14 seconds, while Jordan Fick of North Oconee (14.56 seconds) took the top spot.
Gibbs enjoyed an exceptional season that included region championships in the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles, and he finished third in both events at the state sectional.
Another highlight for Gibbs came in the Granger Invitational when he not only won both relay events, but also the 100-meter dash.
Also placing at state was the LaGrange’s girls’ 3,200-meter relay team.
The team of Zanay Rhaney, Alyssa Rhaney, Ivorie Smith and Zamya Rhaney earned a fifth-place finish with a time of 10 minutes, 18 seconds.
In the pole vaule, Christian Ector and Carter Cook finished tied for ninth place.
Nathan Fritchley completed his stellar senior season by finishing ninth in the 3,200-meter run, and 15th in the 1,600-meter run.
Aaron Fritchley, who also had a fantastic senior season, was 13th in the 1,600-meter run, and 15th in the 800-meter run.
LaGrange’s boys’ 3,200-meter relay team of Aaron Fritchley, Nathan Fritchley, Marcus Franklin and Terry Franklin finished 13th.
Terry Franklin also competed in the 800-meter run in Albany.
Zamya Rhaney was 10th in the 1,600-meter run and 11th in the 3,200-meter run.
Zanay Rhaney was 13th in the 1,600, and she also competed in the 800-meter run.
Twin sisters Zamya Rhaney and Zanay Rhaney will both participate in track and field at Albany State University.
Alyssa Rhaney was 13th in the triple jump.
Competing for Troup at state was the 400-meter relay team of Kaila Jones-Hooks, Taylar Ross-Johnson, Alyson Snow, Ericka James, India Reed and Erriunna Harris.