The Fayette Citizen-Sports Page

Wednesday, November 14, 2001

PTC Flash sends teams to regional meet

Twenty-four of 26 athletes qualified for regional competition as the Peachtree City Flash youth track team attended the USATF Association meet Saturday at Carrolton, Ga.

The meet consisted of teams from all over such as the Augusta Flyers (Augusta), Atomic Stars (Macon), Gwinnett Lightening (Gwinnett), Red Runners (Atlanta), Etowah, Walton Track Club (Walton), Track Phi Track (South Atlanta), Gazelles (Smyrna) and many others as well as several individual unattached runners throughout the state. In total, approximately 270 athletes competed.

Regionals will be in Raleigh, N.C. this Saturday.

Twenty-two of the 24 athletes will make the trip to North Carolina to compete against the other Region III associations, which include Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina and Washington, D.C.

Both the eight and under girls and boys teams from the Flash won third place, while the 10 and under girls captured first place again. The team has fully committed to going to the national meet in Lincoln, Neb., if they qualify this Saturday. The girls will also compete in the AAU Nationals in Disney World Dec. 1.

Haley Smith, a member of the eight and under girls team, ran a personal best record last week at AAU state for her first place finish and finished just a few seconds off that on a very tough Carrolton course for her third place finish there. Though only 7 years old, Haley has yet another year in this age group to get even better. Kie Fujii, a member of the 10 and under girls team, was able to achieve a personal best record at this challenging course as well.

Rebecca Stokes is running well with her strong second place finish just behind Emily Reese of the Red Runners. Stokes edged Reese out for the mile state championship last spring.

The top finishers for the eight and under girls were Haley Lynn Smith, third place, 9:55; Chelsey Bowman, 12th, 12:39; Rita Steinger, 13th, 13:45. The top finishers for the eight and under boys were Tomoharu Shimada, seventh place, 9:51; Mitchell Miller, eighth place, 10:12; Ian Roberts, 18th, 11:14.

The top finishers for the 10 and under girls were Mary Roberts, third place, 13:04.29; Shannon Philipps, 10th, 13:58.12; Kie Fujii, 11th, 14:13.13 (PR); Kara Markle, 12th, 14:14.55, Mary Herbal, 16th, 15:32.94. The top finishers for the 10 and under boys were Justin Jarrell, 19th, 13:59.75; Baylen Garrett, 22nd, 15:00.48 Scott Vermeyen, 26th, 15:41.09; Wesley Smith, 33rd, 19:04.53.

The 12 and under girls were lead by Rebecca Stokes, who finished in second place with a time of 12:27.50. Stokes was followed by Fumika Shimada, fifth, 13:19.03; Whitney Huguelet, 10th, 14:27.74, and Tarsha Bingly, 22nd, 22:48.55. Vincent Brown lead the 12 and under boys with a seventh place finish with a time of 11:43.80. Following Brown were Jonathan Garrett, 19th, 13:49.47, and Jake Hainey, 21st, 14:04.79.

The 14 and under girls were lead by Lacey Garrett, who finished 15th with a time of 21:32.63. She was followed by Kelly Huguelet, 18th, 22:25.32, and Katherine Conger, 20th, 23:53.57. Sean Wetli finished 25th in the 14 and under male division with a time of 18:04.02.

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