Long County High School has never won a state championship in any sport. The city of Ludowici has not brought home a title since 1961 when Ludowici High School won the boys’ basketball championship. On Saturday May 11, that all changed.
Blue Tide senior track star Travon Phillips brought home not one, but two state championships in the 100 and 200 meter races. He did so in the races at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany this past weekend and fell just short of making state history in the process.
Phillips won the 100 meter dash with a lightning-fast time of 10.68 seconds, the fastest time of any boys’ state champion, early Saturday morning. Later on that day, he won the 200 meter dash with a time of 21.36 seconds. That time is just one-tenth of a second of the state meet record time of 21.26 seconds.
Had Phillips broke the record Saturday, it would not have been the first time that he made history this year. Earlier this season, he broke the state record for the fastest time in the 200 meter dash by running it in 21.67 seconds at a region meet.
Head coach Jason Anthony seemed to be overjoyed with him accomplishing this major feat, but made it known he will be more proud of him next weekend.
“What this young man accomplished today having won class AAA 100/200m State Championship, doesn't compare to how proud of a coach I'm going to be Saturday when he receives his high school diploma,” Anthony said of Phillips in a Twitter post on Saturday.
Phillips will graduate this weekend, so that means he will not have the opportunity to defend his state championship next year. However, despite not having any offers yet, he should have the chance to compete at the collegiate level in the future.