|SCHOLASTIC TRACK & FIELD: ATHENS' GAMBRELL FINISHES FOURTH IN LONG JUMP AT NEW BALANACE OUTDOOR NATIONALS (2 PHOTOS) (2018-06-17)
400-METER RELAY TEAM SUFFERS DISQUALIFICATION
Valley Sports ReportGREENSBORO, N.C. — Athens graduate Breana Gambrell capped off her high school career with a fourth-place finish and All-American status here Sunday afternoon at the 2018 New Balance National High School Outdoor Track & Field Championships on the campus of North Carolina A&T.
South Carolina-bound Maya Evans of Colorado won the gold medal with a leap of 20-feet, 1-inch, while Georgia-bound Titiana Dale of Chester, Pa. was second at 19-feet, 9 3/4-inches, and Claire Bryant, a sophomore at Houston Memorial High School, was third at 19-feet, 8-inches.
Penn State-bound Breana Gambrell, who hit a season-high 20-feet, 7-inches to win at the NTL Championships, finished fourth at 19-feet, 6-inches.
On Saturday, Breana Gambrell teamed with Ariana Gambrell, Rachel Hutchison, and Emily Lunger in the 400-meter relay.
The foursome left the facility believing it had finished 25th in 48.75 seconds, only to find out later it had been disqualified.
“We’ve looked over the film, and no flags went up,” said Athens coach Ben Gambrell shortly after finding out about the disqualification Saturday night.
On Sunday, Ben Gambrell learned the disqualification was the result of a baton being passed illegally before the exchange zone.
“After showing video proof that it didn’t happen, the ruling remained unchanged,” said Ben Gambrell.
IN PHOTO 1: Athens’ Breana Gambrell. IN PHOTO 2: From left: Breana Gambrell, Emily Lunger, Ariana Gambrell, and Rachel Hutchison. … PHOTOS PROVIDED.
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