Keough adds state title in 800
by Carlton D. White
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May 11, 2014 04:02 AM | 1281 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Whitefield Academy’s Robby Keough won the Class A private-school 800-meter run Saturday as the boys track and field state championships concluded in Jefferson.

Keough won the race in 1 minute, 55.99 seconds, beating out Darlington’s Avery Cypress (1:57.03).

It was Keough’s second state championship of the week, after he finished first in Thursday’s 1,600.

“There was a downpour before the (800), so the track was wet,” Keough said. “That was a big reason for our slow times. But we were together through the first lap, and I started kicking with 300 (meters) left to go.

“(Cypress) stayed with me for a little bit, but I got some separation with 200 meters left. I just think I wanted it more.”

Keough placed second in both the 800 and 1,600 at last year’s state meet, losing to Cypress and Galloway’s Reilly Friedman, respectively. He beat both runners this season to become a two-time state champion.

“I had a lot of chances to run against (Cypress) this season, which helped me create a strategy on how to race against him in the final,” Keough said.

When asked which championship meant more to him, Keough quickly replied, “the 1,600, because it’s the one where I won my first state title. It’s also my best race because I’ve been running it the longest.

“It hit me earlier (Saturday), before my 800, that I was a state champion. I was loose running the 800 and used it to validate what I had done in winning the 1,600.”

Although Keough was the only Cobb County athlete to take home a title Saturday, several others performed well in their respective events.

In Class AAAAAA, North Cobb’s Anthony Simmons placed sixth in the 400, while teammate Cornelius Scott finished seventh in the 100 and fourth in the 200. The Warriors’ Devin Granville was sixth in the 200.

Kennesaw Mountain’s Robert Dunning was third in the 110 hurdles and eighth in the 300 hurdles, McEachern’s Martice Moore placed fourth in the 110 hurdles and Campbell’s David Collins was the runner-up in the 300 hurdles with a time of 37.74.

Marietta’s Simeyon Bobbett finished eighth in the 800.

McEachern’s 1,600 relay team of Andy Cadely, Arites Clark, Andrew Heyward and Moore placed eighth.

Shiloh won the Class AAAAAA team title with 80 points, with Brookwood (41) a distant second. Walton (25) tied for sixth and was the only local school to finish among the top 10. Last year’s state runner-up, Hillgrove, finished 14th with 16 points.

In Class AAAAA, Pope’s 400 relay team of Carson Day, Kaelon Roache, DeAshton Tandy and Keegan Phipps came in seventh. Day was also eighth in the 100.

Mount Zion-Jonesboro captured the Class AAAAA team trophy with 58 points. Kell (24) was seventh.

In Class A, the Whitefield and Mount Paran Christian 400 relay teams both placed. The Wolfpack’s group of Jordan Edge, Evan Johnson, Brandon Morris and James Johnson finished fifth, while the Eagles’ Josh Brownsworth, Alan Carter, Garrett Harris and Dorian Walker got eighth.

Walker also finished fourth in the 100.

Athens Christian won the team trophy with 119 points. Our Lady of Mercy (63) was the state runner-up, with Whitefield (28) eighth.

North Cobb’s Joshua Joines was the state runner-up in the 200 and 800 wheelchair races.
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