TIFTON — The GISA held their track and field championships at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany recently and the Tiftarea Academy Panthers had several athletes participating in the events. Overall, the Lady Panthers finished seventh in competition with 21 points and the Panthers were 13th with 12 points. Class AAA championships went to Bulloch Academy and Stratford Academy, respectively.
Top honors went to Eli Sumner, who captured his fifth pole vault championship. He cleared 14 feet to easily take the title, a distance nearly 3 feet better than his nearest competitor, Alec Miller of Deerfield-Windsor, who vaulted 11-06.
Sumner also holds the state record for pole vaulting.In last year’s state meet, he cleared 15-01. He has also won five region titles.