Battling against teams representing Statesboro, Groves, Appling, Portman and Effingham County high schools Wednesday in Statesboro, the Liberty County Panther track squads both finished second.
The Statesboro boys took first place with a total of 148 points and the Panthers scored 127. For the girls, Statesboro hit 112 and the Lady Panthers netted 88 points.
According to assistant track coach Nathan Mims, Panther Hakeem Clark made a personal best time in the 100m dash with 10.74 seconds, earning 2nd place. Mims said the young man’s hard work at practice is starting to gather finishes at the meets.
Panthers Quinton Harris and Nolan Lowe pulled 1st and 2nd place finishes in the 400m dash with times of 50.5 and 50.6.
Aaron Bennett placed first in the shot put and discus.
"Tyshunn Williams was back after being held out from a knee injury she suffered in basketball," Mims said. "She helped the ladies to a 2nd place finish in the 4x100m relay with a time of 50.91. Unika Williams is still undefeated in the high jump with her best mark 4’10". I think she will be well over 5’4" by state."
Based on the continued improvements, the coaching staff is eager to see how well they place at the Bob Hayes Invitational this weekend in Jacksonville. It’s the largest track meet in the Southeast.
In the top 3, boys
Hakeem Golden 2nd place 100m, 4x100m
Roderick Jones 2nd 4x100m, 3rd place 100m
Quinton Harris 2nd 200m, 400m, 4x100m, 4x400m
Nolan Lowe 1st 400m, 2nd 4x400m
Demetrius Stinson 2nd 4x100m, 4x400m
Aaron Bennett 1st shot put, discus
Andrew Lopez 2nd 3200
Willis Bowman 2nd 300 hurdles
Julius Smith 3rd 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles
Jerry Heath 3rd pole vault
Glyn Finnie 2nd 4x400m
In the top 3, girls
Unika Williams 1st high jump, 2nd 4x100m, 3rd 300 hurdles
Niesha Walthour 1st 110 hurdles, 2nd 4x100m
Nazerene Hines 2nd 100m, 4x100m
Tyshunn Williams 2nd 4x100m
Kayleen Watson 2nd 800m
Toni Walker 2nd triple jump
Jana Jones 1st shot put, 3rd discus