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Tigers qualify 9 for state track
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Bradwell’s Larry Henry repeated as Region 3-AAAAA high jump champion. - photo by Photo by Jimmy Courier
Now, that the region preliminaries have been held, the table is set for the Region 3-AAAAA track meet.
Bradwell Institute’s boys team, who finished second in the region meet last year, is in the hunt for the region championship.
Meanwhile, the girls’ team, who won region last season, is in first place with 55-1/2 points, 2-1/2 points ahead of Groves and three points ahead of Camden County.
While several athletes will compete in Monday’s region meet at Savannah State University, the field events, the boys’ 3200m and the girls’ 1600m finals have concluded.
Jammie McLemore and Crystal Tui qualified for the class AAAAA girls state meet, held May 3-5 in Albany.
McLemore finished second in the triple jump, leaping 33-feet, 2-inches. Tui placed second in both the shotput and the discus. She threw the shotput 31-feet, 11-inches and threw the discus 84 feet.
Only the top two advance to the state meet, while the top six receive points.
Larry Henry, Antonio Allen, Deron Jordan, Shaquille Russell, Keddrick Brown and Mitchell McKnight qualified for the boys’ state meet, held May 10-12 in Jefferson.
Henry repeated as region high jump champion, clearing 6-feet, 4-inches. Allen cleared 6 feet.
Jordan placed second in the shotput, throwing it 44-feet, 9-inches.
Russell won the discus, hurling it 121-feet, 10-inches. Brown threw the discus 118-feet, 7-inches.
McKnight won the 800m, finishing in 2 minutes, 8.27 seconds.
Bradwell had 17 boys qualify for the region finals, while the girls had 10 girls qualify.
Boys coach Emmett Watkins said he is proud of his team and said if they want to win the region, it must be a team effort.
“We have six going to state and we are looking forward for more to join them,” he said. “Our younger guys have stepped up and if we are to win it Monday, then it’s going to be a total team effort.”
In Watkins’ six years of coaching at Bradwell, the boys have sniffed but have never tasted a region championship. They have finished within 10 points of the champion all six years.
Boys competing Monday
100m: Lewis Frazier, Joshua Gray
200m: Vontavious Pennyman, Gray
400m: Pennyman, Darrell Webb
110m high hurdles: Richard Hobbs, Antonio Allen
300m hurdles: Allen
4x100m relay: Terry Murdaugh, Gray, Frazier, Pennyman; Kavika Lindsey, DeMario Day, Jarad Hall, Devon Russell
4x400m relay: Allen, Webb, Mitchell McKnight, Anthony Motley; Norris Richardson, Ian McKnight, Kennith Alexis, Larry Henry
Girls competing Monday
100m: Kwajenlin Holsendolph
200m: Holsendolph, Jammie McLemore
400m: Kissimee Herring, Jasmine Amiker
4x100m relay: McLemore, Holsendolph, Jasmine Johnson, Camille Jackson; Amiker, Herring, Kandice Smith, Lekeyia Legare
4x400m relay: Herring, Holesndolph, Jackson, McLemore; Amiker, Shapale Snowden, Norissa Townsend, Legare
Other region finals
long jump: Joshua Gray, 7, 19-8; DeMario Day, 8, 18-8, Jammie McLemore (girls), 3, 16-2.5.
triple jump: Larry Henry, 7, 38-7; DeMario Day, 8, 37-8.
shotput: Keddrick Brown, 4, 43-10.
800m: Norris Richardson, 6, 2:15.
3200m: Malachi Bell, 3, 10:56; Anthony Motley, 6, 11:52.
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