Liberty’s track team had its second meet of the season against Beach High on Tuesday and ended with a first place overall finish.
According to assistant track coach Nathan Mims, both the boys and girls squads look strong. He credits a strength training program that incorporates plyometrics, weightlifting and specialty training, saying it improved the team from last year.
"It shows on the track and in the field when we compete," Mims said. "I really think we have a strong chance to win region with our boys and our girls."
Mims said they have a strong core of junior athletes on the squad and more girls competing than last year. Also, they’ve expanded to field events, giving them more scoring opportunities.
Last season, the Lady Panthers placed fifth at region. This year, Mims thinks they are the team to watch.
Hakeem Clark (senior) 1st place 100m
Michael Rodriguez (sophomore) 2nd 100m
Demetrius Stinson (senior) 1st 200m, 2nd 4x400m, 400m
Stephen Brown (junior) 2nd high jump, 4x400m
Donte Jones (senior) 2nd long jump, triple jump
Aaron Bennett (junior) 1st shot, discuss
Javon Bennett (sophomore) 2nd shot put
Andrew Lopez (junior) 1st 1600m
Nicholas McMillan (senior) 2nd 4x400m
Norris Richardson (senior) 2nd 4x400m
Niesha Walthour (junior) 1st long jump, 4x400m, 3rd 4x100m
Unika Williams (junior) 1st high jump, 4x400m, 3rd 4x100m
Meisha Quarterman (junior) 1st 4x400m, 2nd 100m, 3rd 200m, 4x100m
Brandi Thomas (senior) 3rd 400m, 4x100m
Jana Jones (sophomore) 2nd shot put
Jasmine DeBrossard (freshman) 3rd 1600m