Rockale track fares well in Suwanee

SUWANEE -- The Rockdale boys track and field team had a strong showing at the Eagle Icebreaker Invitational at Collins Hill High School last weekend. The Bulldogs, led by 100-meter champion Lawrence Crawford, finished tied for seventh as a team.

Crawford, who ran the 100 in 10.85, also finished fourth in the 200 meters (22.96).

William Mollette just missed an individual title, finishing second to Collins Hill's Devin Monroe in the triple jump (43-07.50-to-43.08), and Dennis Logan was third in the discus throw (126-09). The Bulldogs had three other top-5 finishes as Jhibri Greer placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (15.74) and both the 400-relay team of Crawford, Keijne Thomas, Isaah McClinton and Joseph Wright and the 3200-relay team of Chaz Mapp, Alonzo Allen, Zach Hess and Malik Dawkins finished fifth at 43.93 and 8:53.68, respectively.

The girls finished 12th, thanks in large part to Rachel Hayes, who placed fourth in the triple jump (33-11) and joined Chasin Gaddis, India Davis and Mahalia Paul on the fifth-place 1600-sprint medley team (4:42.19).

At the Panther Relays at Starr's Mill High School, the Salem boys finished 23rd, led by Rafeeq Badee, who was fifth in the discus throw (119-08) and Christian Bagby, who finished sixth in the triple jump (41-00.50).

Austin performing in spring camp

Tyler Austin may not be a top candidate to win a major league roster spot this spring, but it's not showing at the plate.

The Heritage graduate, in his first spring training with the New York Yankees, was 4-for-7 (.571) through March 3, including two doubles, according to the White Plains, NY Journal News.

Austin, a 13th-round pick in the 2010 draft, was invited to spring camp after an excellent minor league campaign a year ago -- .322 with 17 home runs and 80 RBIs at four levels. Once the major league team heads north in a month, Austin is expected to be assigned to either the high-A minor league level or AA.

The Yankees continue their spring schedule with a game against the Atlanta Braves tonight at 7:05 p.m.