The Long County Blue Tide track and field team will send several members to the state competition later this week. Three relay teams and four individuals advanced to the state competition after placing eighth or better at the sectionals on Saturday, May 7, at East Jackson High School in Commerce.
Senior Jada Freeman advanced to state for the third year in a row as she jumped 5’ in the girls’ high jump and officially placed second. Her jump was tied for the highest of the day.
Senior Patrick Wilson broke his school shot put record for the third time this season with a throw of 51’ 1.5”, which was good enough to place second and advance. The boys 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400 meter relay teams all advanced to the state competition as well.
The 4x100 team, consisting of Jesse Magley, Tony Phillips, Jay’Den Tanner and Mason Cook, placed seventh. The 4x200 team, consisting of Christian Glenn, Tashawn Brown, Cook and Phillips, placed fourth. And the 4x400 team, consisting of Anthony Ferrie, Josh Foddrill, Magley and Glenn, placed fifth.
Glenn also placed eighth in the 400-meter race, while Ferrie placed fifth in the 800-meter race. They both advanced to the state meet.
While he missed advancing to the state competition, freshman Shawn Young set a new school record of 11:10.28 in the 3200-meter run.
The state competition will take place May 12–14 at Carrollton High School, with the field events taking place that Thursday, May 12.