The Long County Blue Tide track team has consistently been one of the most successful in this area. They continued to flex their muscles as they sent several teams and individuals to the state meet this weekend.
On Saturday, May 8, the team traveled to Commerce to compete in the sectionals. To advance to the state meet, teams and individuals needed to place eighth or better and the Blue Tide did that in several events.
The first person to advance to the state meet was Jada Freeman, who placed first in the High Jump. Freeman won several medals at the region meet a few weeks ago and moved on to also advance in the girls’ 400 meter dash, placing second in a photo finish, and the girls’ 300 meter hurdles.
Josh Valembrun individually placed second in the boys’ 400 meter dash as well as advancing in the boys’ 200 meter dash. Also advancing in the individual competitions was Trinity Santiago in the girls’ 100 meter hurdles and Anthony Ferrie in the boys’ 800 meter run.
The Tide sent two teams to the state meet as well. The boys’ 4x100 relay team made up of Valembrun, Josiah Smith, Ahmari Douglas, and Jayden Tanner placed in second, just barely missing first behind Appling County.
The boys’ 4x400 relay team was the final Tide team to advance to the state meet. The team is made up of Valembrun, Ferrie, Josh Foddrill, and Wesley Wilson.
The track team will now travel to Albany to compete at Hugh Mills Stadium in the state competition Thursday, May 13 through Saturday, May 15.