THE JEFFERSON boys’ track team added another highlight to what’s been a victory-filled spring for the Dragons.
Jefferson won the county track championships convincingly Thursday at Memorial Stadium, finishing with 136 points. East Jackson finished second with 68 points. Jackson County (36) was third, and Commerce (18) finished fourth.
Jefferson coach Tim Corbett praised the level of competition in the event.
“We won the meet, but if you look at some of the individual performances, like in the 3,200, our kid ran 15 seconds faster than he has all year and the reason that he did was that he was running against good competition,” he said.
Jefferson won 10 events in securing its second-straight county title. Dalton Hill grabbed three victories, finishing first in the 110-meter hurdles (16.0 seconds), 300-meters (40.05 seconds) and the long jump (20-2).
Others finishing first were Tradd Porter (800 meters, 2:06.03), Satchel Turpin (triple jump, 42-9), Ethan Hix (shot put, 45-4), James Howard (pole vault, 14-0), the 4x100 meter relay team (T.J. Skelton, Howard, Hill and Turpin, 43.86), the 4x400 meter relay team (Skelton, Howard, Jacob Adams, Porter, 3:32.42) and the 4x800 meter relay team (9:47.64).
Aside from those who won events, Corbett was pleased with the efforts of several younger Dragons and the depth they provided. Four Jefferson athletes jumped over six feet in the high jump Thursday, three threw over 100 feet in the discus and the Dragons’ no. 3 vaulter cleared 12 feet. Corbett also pointed to his team’s depth in the 400-meter and 800-meter races.
“It’s nice to see some of those young guys coming up,” Corbett said.
The coach believes his team — which went on to win Saturday’s Beef O’Brady’s Dragon Invitational — is hitting its peak at the right time. The region meet is today (Wednesday) and Friday.
“We’re surging, like we should this time of year,” Corbett said. “With just a few exceptions, we’re in good health. The nice thing is where we’re not in good health, there’s somebody there to step right in.”
East Jackson claimed four victories in its runner-up finish with Deangelo Moore winning the 100 meters (11.35 seconds), Chase Kennedy taking the 1,600 meters (4:40.19) and 3,200 meters (10:32) and Austin Beauchamp (133-10.5).
Jackson County, in finishing third, got victories from Todd Woodring in both the 200 meters (22.64 seconds) and 400 meters (48.49 seconds) and Layson Giles in the high jump (6-0).
Lady Dragons take third-straight county title
THE JEFFERSON girls’ track team continued its recent track and field dominance over the county.
The Lady Dragons won their third consecutive county track title Thursday at Memorial Stadium, accumulating 117 points to finish comfortably ahead of second-place East Jackson (53). Commerce was third, and Jackson County took fourth.
“I thought it was the best day we had all year,” Jefferson girls coach Chad Cheatham said Thursday. “Of course the weather had a lot to do with it. It was warm.”
Jefferson won 10 events, with victories coming from Jaclyn Coleman (400 meters, 1:03.8; long jump, 15-11), Camille Porter (800 meters, 2:40.64), Reese Bowles (1,600 meters, 5:57.29; 3,200 meters, 13:15), Taylor Love (300-meter hurdles, 50.13), Abby Carson (pole vault, 8-6), Maggie Newman (shot put, 31-4.5; discus, 104-1.5) and the 4x400 meter relay team (4:22.35).
Cheatham noted that Jefferson athletes enjoyed personal records in victories in three field events — the long jump (Coleman), discus (Newton), pole vault (Carson).
“And then Maggie (Newman) won the shot put, so you take four field events there and you go win them, and you’re doing a good job,” Cheatham said.
Jefferson’s 4x800 meter relay team — though the event wasn’t scored — set a school record with a time of 10:26.78, shattering the old record of 10:39 set in 2008.
“The 4x800 record was absolutely amazing,” Cheatham said.
Jefferson also tied a PR in 4x400 without Madison Dills, who was out with a hamstring injury. McKenzie Wells served as her fill-in.
With the region meet ahead this week, Cheatham said he’s confident in the running events ranging from the 400 meters and up as well as the 300-meter hurdles and the 4x400 meter relay. The sprint events, however, will present challenges for the Lady Dragons.
“Bottom line is they’ve got to perform, and I feel like our girls will,” Cheatham said. “They’re performers."
Cheatham added that this group has continued to overachieve this year.
“Week in and week out they beat people that they shouldn’t beat,” said Cheatham, whose team went on to place second in Saturday’s Dragon Invitational. “That’s the main thing. They’re flying under the radar and that’s the way we want it.”
As for the rest of the field, East Jackson received victories from Dejanha Saner (100 meters, 13.45), Jasmine Pressley (200 meters, 27.36) and the 4x100 meter relay team of Allie Poole, Pressley, Saner and Christina Stevens (51.66 seconds) in its runner-up finish.
Jackson County received its lone victory from Destiny Gaudlock in the triple jump (33-1).