This weekend, the Commerce High School track team will travel to Athens Academy to compete in the area 4-A meet.
The top four individuals in each event will earn the opportunity to travel to the public school class-A sectional meet at Landmark Christian School in Peachtree City, and the top eight individuals in each event at sectionals will advance to the state finals.
While the area meet is a first for the Tigers, coach Pam Canup says she is confident that several Commerce athletes have a chance to progress.
“Our relay teams really have a chance (to advance to sectionals),” she said. “I think our jumpers – high jump, triple jump and long jump – and our throwers are strong. We’ve also got some kids on the track whose best times are at the top of the area, and they could be in the hunt as well.”
Canup also feels that having the area meet close to home may prove advantageous.
“We are a little more familiar with Athens Academy’s track, so hopefully that will be an advantage for us,” she said. “We are progressively getting better. We had some of our best times at the county meet; so hopefully, we are peaking at the right time.”
The area 4-A field events begin on Friday, April 19, at 11 a.m. Track events will commence on Saturday at 10 a.m.
On Tuesday, April 9, the Tigers competed in the county championship at Jefferson Memorial Stadium. The Commerce boys placed third with a combined score of 51, while the girls placed second with a score of 43.
Results are as follows:
Boys – Jefferson, first, 82; East Jackson, second, 64; Commerce, third, 51; and Jackson County, fourth, 45. Top Commerce performers were Terrick Ramsey, first, 100m dash (11.29); Quay Little, second, 100m dash (11.68); Jamir Walton, fourth, 200m dash (24.09), fourth, long jump (19-07) and fourth, triple jump (41-03.5); D Ramsay, second, 400m run (51.71), first, long jump (21-05) and first, triple jump (45-05.5); Nahum Mendoza, fourth, 1600m run (5:45); boys 4x100m relay, first (34.60); Micah Eason, second, shot put (45-09.5); and Jamal Browner, second, discus (120-00).
Girls – Jefferson, first, 110; Commerce, second, 43; Jackson County, third, 42; and East Jackson, third, 42. Top Commerce performers were Hannah Crumley, fourth, 100m run (13.99); Zoey Forrester, first, 100m hurdles (17.90); Lily Mather, third, 100m hurdles (17.78) and first, high jump (5-04); Joyce Montez, fourth, 300m hurdles (58.25); girls 4x100m relay, third (53.56); girls 4x400m relay, fourth (4:53.89); Cameron Hawkins, first, long jump (15-02.75) and first, triple jump (32-04.5); Rachel Floyd, fourth, shot put (29-06) and fourth, discus (85-03); and Anna Flint, third, discus (84-06).