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Tigers among best in state
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Bradwell Institute’s girls track team is ready to compete with the best in the state this weekend.
The Class AAAAA state track meet is Thursday-Saturday in Albany.
Track coach Readie Kelly said the girls are energetic and motivated about the meet.
“They want to win. At this point, it’s self motivation,” she said. “How bad do you want to win? How bad do you want to compete?”
Five girls, including four freshmen represent the Tigers.
Camille Jackson runs the 800m at 6:05 p.m. Thursday in heat No. 1. To qualify for Saturday’s final, she must finish in the top four.
At the region meet, Jackson ran it in 2 minutes, 33.15 seconds. The top time from all eight region meets was 2:17.55.
Jackson also will compete in the 4x400m relay along with teammates Kissimmee Herring, Kwajenlin Holsendolph and junior Jammie McLemore.
The relay is at 9:10 p.m. Thursday. They are in heat No. 2.
At the region meet, they ran the relay in 4:08.96. The best time from all region meets was 4:03.57.
McLemore also will compete in the triple jump at 10:30 a.m. Friday. At the region meet, she jumped 33 feet, 1.5 inches. The top jumper from the state leaped 38-11.
Crystal Tui competes in the discus and shotput. The discus is at noon Friday and the shotput at 1:30 p.m. Friday.
At regions, she threw the discus 84-1. The top hurl is 124-9.
Tui threw the shot 31-11.75 at regions. The top throw is 41-5.25.
Win, lose or draw Kelly will be pleased if the team gives it their all.
“We go with the mindset that we give 110 percent and when I receive that, that’s all I can ask for,” she said.
Kelly is impressed with her team’s season, particularly the freshmen.
“In order for ninth graders to accomplish this much at this level is a great improvement,” she said. “They come in wanting to be a part and wanting to go some place. I want to keep the motivation going and tell them they have unlimited talents and unlimited abilities.
Kelly reminds her young student-athletes that the possibilities are endless.
“This might be your ticket out of here if you work hard and continue to improve,” she said. “Yes, you will compete against other ninth graders and seniors. Some of the seniors have already signed scholarships with other schools, but you are competing among the best in Georgia.”
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