Archer Wins GHSA 7A Region 7 Track and Field Girls and Boys Championships
On Thursday, the Georgia High School Association Class 7A Region 7 championships took place at Discovery High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia. As the meet got underway, the Archer Tigers would make it known early that they have every intention to leave with the region championships. The Tigers would score their first points after picking up a first place finish in the girls 4x100 meter relay in a time of 49.44. In the boys 4x100 meter relay, the Tigers would get edged out by Dunwoody and have to settle for a second place finish in a time of 43.16.
Winning would continue for the Tigers however as they would sweep the top three spots in the boys 400 meter dash, led by Andrew Spearman (50.27), who would also win the boys 200 meter dash in a time of 21.88. Archer senior Kitana Burgard would also have a big day winning both the girls 100 meter dash (11.88) as well as the girls 200 meter dash (24.57). Twin brothers Zach (2:01.60) and Alex Szanti (2:02.72) would take first and second respectively in the boys 800 meter run for Archer while the Tigers would also pick up a first place finishes in the boys 110 meter hurdles and girls 100 meter hurdles. Myles Alister (16.11) would win the biys side and Camryn King (15.18) would take the top spot on the girls side.
The Tigers would also get second and third place finishes in the girls 300 meter hurdles and a first place finish by Shaun Patterson (42.76) in the boys 300 meter hurdles. Following the meet, Archer's Kitana Burgard said that her victories on Thursday were about more than just qualifying for sectionals, "I know a lot of people are like, 'just qualify, just run through', but it's all about getting a good lane for sectionals too,' Burgard said. She added that as she prepares for sectionals with the hopes of qualifying for the GHSA 7A state championship meet, staying healthy will be one of her biggest areas of focus as her final year of high school track begins to wind down.
Watch highlights from the meet and Archer's Kitana Burgard's post meet interview below now!