Raider boys take second at Loch Johnson Invitational
Host Cedar Shoals didn’t fall in Saturday’s Loch Johnson Invitational, but some Madison County school records did.
Highlighting the Raiders’ second-place finish in the meet were the Raider relay teams and Jamal Cooper, all winning events in record-setting fashion.
Cooper sped to a school-best 21.8 time and first-place finish in the 200 meters and then lent his speed to the relay team efforts.
The 4 x 100 squad — Terry Cobb, Cooper, Kendrick Butler and Al Allen — clocked a 41.8 to set a new school mark.
Then, the 4 X 400 team — Cedric Bush, Cooper, Cobb and Butler — followed suit by winning that event with a school-best 3:26.
The Madison County boys’ track team fell just shy of unseating Cedar Shoals in the final tally, finishing with 109 team points, six behind the champion Jaguars (115).
“It was a great meet,” Madison County coach Marty Tate said. “We did not jump as good as I had wished, but the kids worked their tails off the rest of the meet.”
Madison County added two second-place finishes in its biggest meet thus far this year with Derrell Dukes taking runner-up honors in the pole vault and T.J. McGuire in the high jump.
Third-place finishers were Jeffery Hicks (pole vault), Jazmond Taylor (1,600 meters, 800 meters), Kendrick Butler (300-meter intermediate hurdles) and Corey Brakhage (third).
Other top finishers included Butler (long jump, fourth; triple jump, fifth), Cooper (long jump, fifth), Brakhage (1,600 meters, fourth), McGuire (110-meter high hurdles, fourth; 300-meter intermediate high hurdles, fourth). Mauro Ortiz (800 meters, fourth), Cobb (200 meters, fifth) and Dalton Owenby (3,200 meters, fourth).
Prior to the Loch Johnson meet, Madison County coasted to its second easy home victory in as many events last Tuesday, tallying 82 points in winning three-team meet.
Elbert County was a distant second with 49 points. Hart County finished with 37.
Madison County won by 71.5 points one week earlier in its season-opener.
“We have had three good meets,” Tate said. “It’s time the kids push themselves to be great.”
Madison County enjoyed seven first-place finishes and eight second-place showings in routing the competition last Tuesday.
McGuire (high jump, 110-meter high hurdles), Butler (long jump, 300-meter intermediate hurdles), Dukes (pole vault) and Jamal Cooper (200 meters) all won their respective events.
Madison County’s 4 x 400 relay (Bush, Cooper, Cobb and Butler) also placed first.
Finishing second were Matt Dove (discus), Cooper (long jump), Butler (triple jump), Hicks (pole vault), Taylor (800 meters), McGuire (300-meter intermediate hurdles) and Owensby (3,200 meters). The 4 x 100 team comprising Claude Johnson, Cooper, Butler and Cobb finished second in that event.
Santino Swain (discus), Johnson (shot put), Donavan Carey (110-meter high hurdles), Cobb (200 meters) and Ortiz (3,200 meters) added third-place finishes.