A trio of Winder-Barrow High School track athletes went out in style last Thursday in Jefferson.
Jamonte Riden, Kendall Isler and Quintin Long each earned top 10 finishes in their respective events and helped cap a successful spring for Bulldogg track.
Riden was ninth in the long jump but just made it to the event on time in order to compete. Riden arrived just as the event was starting (he and his teammates got lost trying to get into the stadium) and was moved into the second heat.
Riden then jumped 21-10 to advance to the finals before finishing ninth. The personal best for Riden is 23-5 and that mark would have almost won state as Cedar Shoals’ Jamorio Calhoun took the event with a jump of 23-5.25.
“Competing at state is very different,” Riden said. “I know my stomach has been churning all day. I do my best not to get nervous but this is a big event. It’s something to compete in front of this many people. It’s tough to block it all out.”