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TFS varsity track & field team excels at Eagle Invite



Student-athletes finished strong at the first meet for the Tallulah Falls School varsity track and field team.

Competing among 16 teams and nearly a thousand entries at the Eagle Invitational hosted by East Jackson High School on March 3, TFS girls placed seventh while the boys placed 15th.  

According to TFS Athletic Director Scott Neal, the female Athlete of the Meet award goes to Jenni Gallagher of Clarkesville, who set a PR (personal record) in the pole vault (8’0) to place eighth, in addition to running well on two relays. Her counterpart recipient, junior Zac Smith of Clarkesville ran PR times in the 1200 of the distance medley relay, 800m, 1600m and 4x400 relay split, an arduous day of racing.

Sophomore Sophie Alexander of Clarkesville, senior Cindy Trusty of Mountain City, senior Sarah Catherine Fordham of Cornelia and senior Perry Gresham of Clarkesville ran 15:06.81 to set the TFS school record in the distance medley relay. Junior Sydney Spivey of Demorest, junior Damali Danavall of Jonesboro, sophomore Reid Kafsky of Clarkesville and senior Anna Davis of Clarkesville were .4 off the school 4x200 relay record while placing fifth. Spivey, Gresham, Kafsky and Davis placed sixth in the 4x400 relay in 4:19.83, the fastest opening meet time in school history. Similar to Smith, Gresham had a rigorous day of racing (1600m of the distance medley, open 800m, open 1600m, and 4x400).

Smith, freshman Grey Bourlet of Tallulah Falls, junior Caleb Griffis of Martin and sophomore Chris Geiger of Sautee-Nacoochee ran 11:54.47 to set the school distance medley relay record.  

Other notable and competitive performances include Davis placing third in the 100m hurdles and fifth in the long jump. Sophomore Gabe Iluma of Nigeria with an increase of 18” for a PR in the pole vault (12’0 to place fourth), sophomore Santy Dembele of Tampa in the high jump (4’6 for sixth in her first performance), freshman Simeon Respress of Cleveland with a 5’8 high jump and Bourlet with an 11’0 pole vault for seventh. 

Upcoming meets are set as follows: 
Thursday, March 8 - Home meet - HS Field Event Frenzy, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, March 9 - HS @ Rabun for Bo James Invite, 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 10 - MS @ East Jackson HS for Jr. Eagle Invite

TFS results can be found here.
Full results can be found here.


E. Lane Gresham/Tallulah Falls School 
Tallulah Falls School junior Zac Smith of Clarkesville ran personal record times in the 1200 of the distance medley relay, 800m, 1600m and 4x400 relay split at the Eagle Invitational held March 3 at East Jackson High School. Smith was named Athlete of the Meet along with Jenni Gallagher of Clarkesville.