The Shaw High track and field teams entered Saturday's Columbus Relays with personal goals.
They wanted to win, they wanted to set personal records and they wanted to get their times closer to those of the top competitors in Class AAAA.
Both the boys and girls teams won the overall team titles at Kinnett Stadium, the boys finishing 39.5 points better than second place Hardaway and the girls 11 ahead of Northside.
Individually, Octavia Sims and Kalin Cook also earned the most points for the Raiders.
"I think everyone did really well," Shaw boys coach Greg Sullivan said at the conclusion of the meet. "A lot of them set personal goals, and that's what we're trying to do here. We're trying to get better each and every week."
The boys finished with 130 points, ahead of Hardaway's 90.5 and Spencer's 86. The girls had 120, topping Northside's 109 and Columbus' 87.
Cook had perhaps the top performance of anyone on Saturday, winning all five events he competed in and setting personal records in the 300-meter hurdles and the long jump. Those events were the 110 hurdles, the 300 hurdles, the 4x100 relay, the 4x400 relay and the long jump. He earned his team 35 points.
"It felt great," Cook said. "I feel like I still could have done better, but I'm proud of myself. I came a long way."
Cook said that Saturday was just another step forward for what he is trying to accomplish this season.
While he felt like he had a good chance to win all of his events, he was more concerned with reaching the times he had set for himself and preparing himself for state competition.
"I always set certain times for myself that I want to get," he said.
"I have to push myself. Once I leave the city, it's going to be a lot tougher at regionals, sectionals and state."
Sims earned the girls 33 points, winning in the 100-meter hurdles, 300 hurdles, the 4x100-relay, the 4x400 relay and placing second in the triple jump. Sullivan said he thought the day helped the Raiders get closer to their competition across the state in Class AAAA.
"We wanted to get a little better so we could compete with the Carrolltons and the Marists, and I think we did that today," he said.
"(Cook's) long jump is going to put him in the top three in the state."
The Northside girls had strong days in the relays, winning the 4x1600, the 4x800, the distance medley, and finishing second in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400.
The Hardaway boys didn't take first in any event, but placed in a majority to earn their second-place finish.
Columbus Relays results
Girls 100 meter: Kareema Grier, Shaw, 12.83, Boys 100 meter: Tre Davis, Harris County, 10.81, Girls 100 hurdles: Octavia Sims, Shaw, 15.59, Boys 110 hurdles: Kalin Cook, Shaw, 15.35, Girls 1600 meter: Harper Fine, Columbus, 6:00.90, Boys 1600 meter: Jerric McCoy, Smiths Station, 4:36.24, Girls 300 hurdles: Octavia Sims, Shaw, 48.62, Boys 300 hurdles: Kalin Cook, Shaw, 39.99, Girls 4x1600: Northside Team A, 24:37.15, Boys 4x1600: Northside Team A, 20:53.50, Girls 4x100: Shaw Team A, 49.31, Boys 4x100: Shaw Team A, 43.33
Girls 4x800: Northside Team A, 10:42.49, Boys 4x800: Smiths Station Team A, 8:33.92, Girls 1600 sprint medley: Shaw Team A, 4:28.55, Boys 1600 sprint medley: Spencer Team A, 3:40.97, Girls distance medley: Northside Team A, 14:30.13, Boys distance medley: Smiths Station Team A, 11:12.15, Girls 4x200: Shaw Team A, 1:46.47, Boys 4x200: Shaw Team A, 1:32.34, Girls 4x400: Shaw Team A, 4:07.75, Boys 4x400: Shaw Team A, 3:28.00, Girls discus: Adrianna Jackson, Brookstone, 92-08.50, Boys discus: Blake Jones, Harris County, 136-03
Girls high jump: Cilicia Thornton, Northside, 1.37m, Boys high jump: Antonio Sarluca, Shaw, 1.78m, Girls shot put: Maliyah Holloway, Carver, 32-00.00, Boys shot put: Christopher Baker, Spencer, 44-04.00, Girls long jump: Breeanna Mahone, Shaw, 17.00.25, Boys long jump: Kalin Cook, Shaw, 20-11.25, Girls triple jump: Dymon Brown, Carver, 35-07.00, Boys triple jump: Renold Williams, Smiths Station, 42-05.50, Girls pole vault: Mary Clark, Harris County, 2.74m, Boys pole vault: Ben Jones, Brookstone, 3.51m
1. Shaw, 120; 2. Northside, 109; 3. Columbus, 87; 4. Carver, 76; 5. Hardaway, 70; 6. Spencer, 65; 7. Brookstone, 29; 8. Harris County, 26; 9. Kendrick, 23; 10. Jordan, 11
1. Shaw, 130; 2. Hardaway, 90.5; 3. Spencer, 86; 4. Northside, 73; 5. Smiths Station, 54; 6. Columbus, 53; 7. Harris County, 45; 8. Carver, 42; 9. Kendrick, 39; 10. Brookstone, 29.5; 11. Jordan, 13.