Sophomore Cameron Hawkins led Commerce High School during the Region 8-A Track and Field Meet, qualifying in three events for this weekend’s sectional meet to determine state finalists.
Hawkins earned third in the triple jump (31-feet, 4 inches) and fourth in the long jump (14-feet, ½-inch). She also raced on the 4x100-relay team that placed third (54.12). Joining her on the relay were Zoey Forrester, Jessica Parkerson and Hannah Crumley.
“As with the boys’ team, the girls keep improving their times,” coach Pam Canup said. “From the preliminaries to the finals, they ran about a half-second faster. There again, it shows the competitiveness. They were bound and determined to make it.”
Individually, Forrester surmounted another challenge.
She qualified for the sectional event in the 100 hurdles after finishing fourth (17.57) despite running into trouble midway through the event final.
“She caught a hurdle with her foot and still ran a good time,” the coach said. “She adjusted and did it that way.”
Lily Mather earned the best individual finish, posting a high jump (4-feet, 8-inches) good enough to secure second-place.
Mather, who has cleared 5-feet most of the season, placed sixth last year at the state finals and remains one of the favorites to advance to the state finals from Commerce High School.