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Panther, Tiger track teams finish season
Tiger track standout Quintunya Chapman and six other Lady Tigers and three Lady Panthers are all headed to the state meet this weekend in Albany. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
The Liberty County Panthers and the Bradwell Tigers boys’ finished their track seasons after competing at state last weekend. The girls head to state this weekend.

Assistant coach Nathan Mims said the boys earned 9 points at the state meet. Junior Aaron Bennett placed fifth in the discus throw, and track and football star Roderick Jones finished fifth in the 100-meter dash.
“That’s great when you place in state as a junior like Aaron did,” Mims said. “And it was a great way for Rod to end his high school career.”
For the Lady Panthers, Jana Jones is set to show off her skills in the discus throw as the region champion heads to state finals. Kourtney Alexander takes her championship pole vault finish to state and Niesha Walthour, the long jump region runner up, is headed to state as well.
“I think they will do extremely well in state,” Mims said.


“The boys finished 18th at state,” Tiger track coach De’Andre Davis said. “I am proud of their accomplishments and extremely proud of winning our third region title in a row.”
Shaquille Russell placed eighth in the discus and Jonathan Blair placed fourth in the high jump.
“We will lose the majority of our team this year to graduation,” Davis said. “But I’m happy with the caliber of talent that will return next year.”
The coach said he expects a better finish next season with his returners and some additions. He said the state meet was a good wake up call for some of his younger participants and hopes it will challenge them to be better prepared.
“A lot of them have committed themselves to being stronger and faster for next year,” Davis said. “Some of the kids in the Atlanta schools run year round. When you have close to 200 kids on your track team, like the Atlanta schools do, you are going to be very competitive.”
The Lady Tigers have seven headed to Albany this weekend for the state meet.
Quintunya Chapman, ranked in the top 20 in the nation for the 400-meter, will run in the 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash and 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays. Camille Jackson will compete in the 300-meter hurdles, the 800-meter run and the 4x400, 4x100-meter relays. Qwajelin Holsendolph will run in the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays and the high jump. Jessica Robinson will run the 100-meter hurdles. Quianika Hatchell will compete in the 1600- and 3200-meter runs. Shonteria Williams will do her part in the  4x400 meter relay and Candice Blair will help the 4x100-meter team.
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