Wednesday November 25th, 2015 9:24AM

Track and field: North Hall boys dominate opening day of 7-AAA championships

By Jeff Hart Sports Reporter
DAWSONVILLE -- North Hall took home three region titles and had four second place finishers to run out to a big lead after Day 1 of the Region 7-AAA track-and-field meet Wednesday at Dawson County High School.

All field events and the 1600-meter run were completed Wednesday. The sprint finals and the 3200-meter run will be held Thursday at Dawson County.

Unlike the girls meet where there were multiple-event winners, all seven finals in the boys were won by seven different athletes. The Trojans tallied 81 points.

The most exciting finish may have been in the discus where it came down to the final throw for White County senior Dalton Whitfield.

Dalton, who was battling a pair of North Hall throwers in Drew Bryant and Destin Bennett, had been in a similar position last year when he finished second.

This time, he took a quick, breath, collected his thoughts, and let loose what he felt was a solid throw. When it landed 160-feet-plus seconds later, Whitfield had recorded a personal-best and new school record toss of 162-feet, 9-inches to come away with the win.

Whitfield's throw helped the Warriors to a second-place showing after the first day's action with 60 points.

Whitfield said he felt it had a shot when it left his hand.

"It felt good when I released it. I was kind of surprised at how far it went," he said afterwards. "I just tried to calm down and focus and give it my best. I finished second last year so I feel I've really accomplished something this time around."

North Hall was strong getting title wins from Bryce Schuebert in the 1600, Malik Gill in the high jump, and Bennett in the shot put. Corson Teasley took second in the 1600, Gil Hoffman was second in the pole vault, Dylan Truelove was second in the shot put, and Bryant finished second in the discus.

Schuebert, who won his first region title, was more than happy to keep things rolling for the Trojans in the 1600 despite a somehwatb slow 4:39.53 time. He finished second to former Trojans Witt Nix last year.

"It was windy but I just tried to get a good start and keep my pace going," Schuebert said. "It feels great to win this. This is what I was building to."

Buford's Brandon Mangram, who won the triple jump with a leap of 41-10, was able to hold the top two jumpers coming into the meet in White County's Coley Loudermilk and Tucker Cook.

"Iknew it would be tough but I got a good jump early," Mangam said. "It feels great to be able to win region. Now I just want to go and finish in the top four (in Sectionals) to get to state."

Loudermilk and Cook scratched several times in the finals attempting to outjump Mangram.

The Wolves' Dequavious Picou took home a pair of fourth place finishes in the shot put and discus.

West Hall's Nick Sullens took second in the high jump and fourth in the triple jump.

The results of the field events and the 1600-meter run, along with the team standings, are listed below. The top four finishers in each event with move on to next week's Sectionals.

Team results after Day 1:
1 North Hall 81
2 White County 60
3 Buford 38.50
4 West Hall 28
5 Banks County 27
6 Dawson County 24
7 Fannin County 7.50
8 East Hall 7

1600-meter run
1 Bryce Schuebert, North Hall 4:39.53
2 Corson Teasley, North Hall
3 Andrew Elliott, Banks Co.
4 Austin Thompson, White Co.

High Jump
1 Malik Gill, North Hall 6-00.00
2 Nick Sullens, West Hall
3 Jordan Egerton, White Co.
4 Will Gearing, White Co.

Pole Vault
1 David Curry, Buford 14-00.00
2 Gil Hoffman, North Hall
3 Rhys Adams, Dawson Co.
4 Andrew Manley, White Co.

Long Jump
1 Maurice Sutton, White Co. 21-07.00
2 Will Ledford, Banks Co.
3 Zack Walker, Banks Co.
4 Isaac Seid, North Hall

Triple Jump
1 Brandon Mangram, Buford 41-10.00
2 Coley Loudermilk, White Co.
3 Tucker Cook, White Co.
4 Nick Sullens, West Hall

Shot Put
1 Destin Bennett, North Hall 47-04.00
2 Dylan Truelove, North Hall
3 Hunter Atkinson, West Hall
4 Dequavious Picou, Buford

1 Dalton Whitfield, White Co. 162-09
2 Drew Bryant, North Hall
3 Destin Bennett, North Hall
4 Dequavious Picou, Buford
© Copyright 2015
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
2014 Top 10: Looking back at the top sports stories of the year
It was another year for the record books in 2014, mostly for the right reasons -- state championships, new challenges and new stars taking their turn to shine. But there were also plenty of big stories that reminded us that sports -- like life -- isn
11:55PM ( 10 months ago )
NASCAR K&N Pro Series schedules set for 2015
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - NASCAR announced recently the 2015 schedules for its top developmental regional touring series, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
2:00PM ( 10 months ago )
Lanierland boys final: Johnson makes history with win over Red Elephants <b> (VIDEO) </b>
Ever the aggressor on the court, Johnson
8:55AM ( 10 months ago )
Lanierland boys semifinals: Unbeatens Johnson, Red Elephants roll into finals
Both Gainesville and Johnson powered their way into the Lanierland Tournament finals on Monday. The two undefeated teams will meet Tuesday for the title at 8:30 p.m. at Chestatee.
10:01AM ( 10 months ago )
Lanierland girls semifinals: GHS, Lady Falcons advance to finals <b> (VIDEO) </b>
Flowery Branch and Gainesville each took impressive wins Monday to advance to the Lanierland Tournament finals...
10:00AM ( 10 months ago )
Girls basketball: Lady Tigers advance to Pickens Holiday finals
The Dawson County girls basketball advanced to the finals of the Pickens Holiday Classic after an 81-54 win over Riverwood Monday.
11:48PM ( 10 months ago )
High School Sports
Wolves proving early skeptics wrong
It’s hard to imagine a Buford team having to play with a chip on its shoulder. But if ever there has been a collective group of Wolves that felt the need, the 2015 squad is it.
5:14PM ( 7 hours from now )
Marshall brothers add turkey to Georgia-Ga Tech rivalry
The Georgia-Georgia Tech rivalry this year will feature a Thanksgiving feast that brings opposing players to the same dinner table.
10:52AM ( 1 hour from now )
Boys basketball: Discovery knocks off White County for Turkey Shootout title
Discovery won the boys Turkey Shootout Tournament at Chestatee High Tuesday with a 71-61 victory over White County in the finals.
By The Associated Press
12:16AM ( 9 hours ago )
Boys basketball: Lions take out Vikings for Piedmont Classic crown
The Lakeview Academy boys basketball team knocked off East Hall 87-69 on Tuesday to claim the Piedmont College Hardwood Classic title in Demorest.
By AccessWDUN Staff
12:07AM ( 9 hours ago )
Girls basketball: East Hall knocks off Lakeview for Piedmont title
The East Hall girls basketball team continued its strong start to the season on Tuesday, pushing past Lakeview Academy 61-51 to claim the Piedmont College Hardwood Classic in Demorest.
By AccessWDUN Staff
11:58PM ( 9 hours ago )