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Gatewood opens track season; dedicates new complex

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    Lady Gator runners Lizzie Mendez, Ansleigh Hillin, Saige Nobis and Caleigh Bassett stretch out the legs last week during warm-ups. CONTRIBUTED
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    Sophia & Christopher Daniluk with parents Lori and Chris,Chairman of the Gatewood Board of Directors and alumnus Chris Huskins c/o 1990,Jeannette Graham (taught at Gatewood from 1970-1984) with her daughter Stefanie Anderson and grandsons. Joyce Gunn,
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    Gatewood senior Sydnee Belle Eubanks muscles up on a discus throw during last week’s multi team meet. CONTRIBUTED
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    Gatewood high jumper Mia Hudson tries to elevate last week in the field events. CONTRIBUTED

Gatewood opened the 2021 Track and Field season last week with Trinity Christian, Twiggs and Piedmont in the meet. Gatewood coaches Jordan Camp and Jeff Ratliff were pleased with the outcome as the newly dedicated Robert Graham Track and Field Complex opened for business in a pre-meet dedication ceremony.

“I was very pleased with how the entire day went from start to finish,” said girls coach Jordan Camp. “We were expecting more chaos hosting our first home meet in many years and everything went very smoothly. We had Trinity, Twiggs, and Piedmont attend the meet.”

The girl’s team finished first with a total of 116 points with Trinity following at 65. Sydnee Belle Eubanks beat her best shot put distance from last year with a throw of 32-1 1/2, Lily Kate McElhenney matched her best times last year in the 400 meters (67.8) and 800 meters (2:48), Anna Williamson beat her best distance from triple jump with a jump of 26-10 1/2, and Daisy Holder beat her 400 meter with a time of 71.56.

The Gatewood boys turned in a good effort as the Gators look to reclaim the magic that resulted in the 2019 state championship.

“What a way to christen our new track. Both the boys and girls started the track season with wins,” said boys coach Jeff Ratliff. “I was really proud of our team. I felt like the hard work over the past few weeks showed up. More importantly, our athleticism was on full display. We competed. That is my biggest takeaway from Wednesday. We competed at a high level. I told the boys after the meet that we now have a starting point. We must get better each week and work to improve on our efforts.”