The Long County Blue Tide track and field team continues to be a very successful program and the 2023 season has been no different. This week, the team sent several individuals and teams to the sectionals after performing well at the region meet April 25-26.
Freshman Macey Higgason won the girls 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:40.04. Sophomore Shawn Young was third in the boys 1,600 and sophomore France Smith was third in the girls high jump.
The relay team of Ahmari Douglas, Jesse Magly, Juell Gilroy, and CJ Glenn ran a 44.10 to placed third in the boys 4x100 meter race.
Young followed up his third-place finish in the 1600 with a region championship win in the 3,200 meter race with a time of 10:47.26. Higgason also won the region championship in the 3200 meter with a school record time of 12:33.66-
Smith won the region championship in the girls’ 300 meter hurdles race with a time of 48.36 seconds.
Glenn placed second in the boys’ 400 meter race. Anthony Ferrie placed second in the boys’ 800 meter. Jamie Marriott placed fourth in the boys’ 300 meter hurdles.
The boys’ 4x200 and 4x800 teams both finished third in their respective races to advance to the sectionals. Douglas, Magly, Glenn and Juell Gilroy make up the 4x200 team and Ferrie, Trevor Kuchar, Trent Rutherford and Azaniah Blackmon make up the 4x800 team. The boys 4x400 team, made up of Glenn, Ferrie, Nyzir Davis, and Jashaun Manghane, placed fourth.
The girls’ 4x200 meter and the 4x800 meter teams each placed fourth as well. Tomaj Halley, Tamaira Mallard, Deneiya Davis and Jamari Marzett make up the 4x200 team and Higgason, Isabella Lucas, Kaylyn Hatfield and Tamaiyah Copeland make up the 4x800 team.
The teams will advance to the sectionals on Saturday, May 6 at Kinnett Stadium in Columbus. The top eight finishers at sectionals advance to the state championship at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany May 11-13.