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Panther track sends 9 to state
The LCHS Panther boys’ track team placed second at the region meet and nine Panthers qualified for state. - photo by Photo provided.

The Liberty Panthers ran at region track trials on Friday and Saturday and qualified nine athletes to state.

According to assistant track coach Nathan Mims, the Panthers placed second at region.

"We had first place all the way to the last two events, which were the 300 hurdles and 4x400m relay," Mims said.

Panthers Aaron and Trier Bennett took first and second, respectively, in the shot put and discus throw. The finishes qualified the brothers for state. Donte Jones made state by placing second in the long jump.

Also, in pole vault, Panther Glynn Finnie placed second, earning his bid for state.

"Jerry Heath took third place and barely missed his opportunity to go to state," Mims said.

The Panthers had a slim lead on Burke County on Saturday.

"Our 4x100 relay team finished second, sending Roderick Jones, Demetrius Stinson, Hakeem Clark, and Quinton Harris (who was filling in for Donte Jones because he twisted his knee in triple jump) to state along with our alternates Brandon Alvin and Nolan Lowe," Mims said.

"In the 100-meter dash Roderick Jones took first and Clark took second, sweeping the competition. In the 400-meter run Nolan Lowe nabbed second place giving him another event in state. Burke County won the region with 125 points and we took second with119 points."

Boys Results

Aaron Bennett - 1st place discuss, shot put

Trier Bennett - 2nd discuss, shot put

Roderick Jones - 1st 100m, 2nd 4x100m

Donte Jones - 2nd long jump, 4x100m

Hakeem Clark - 2nd 100m, 4x100m

Demetrius Stinson - 2nd 4x100m

Nolan Lowe - 2nd 400m

Quinton Harris - 2nd 4x100m

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