The Morgan County High School took a record number of competitors to the 2021 GHSA state track and field meet in Albany last week and the strong season continued. The future is bright for the Bulldogs with a number of sophomores taking podium positions as the boys team claimed a top 10 finish and the girls a top 20 finish at the state meet.
On the track, sophomore Joshua Jones brought home a state championship in the 300m hurdles with a 40.35 performance that trimmed over a second off his preliminary time. Omar Lizarde Noriega, another sophomore, ran a 15.73 in the 100m hurdles to finish in fourth place. The Bulldogs 4x100 team of William Jeffreys, Damien Walker, Jared Gilbert, and Rodney Stephens were 0.1 seconds off a podium finish with a 44.05.
Sophomore Jacere Cooper took third place in shot put and eighth place in discus. In the shot put, Cooper threw a 44-foot, 11.5-inch shot and missed second place by 1/2 inch. In the discus, Cooper threw a 138-5. Chance Reid finished in 15th place in the discus with a 111-8. In the long jump, William Jeffreys leapt to a third place finish with a 22-3 performance and Damien Walker jumped to 10th place with a 41-5 jump in the triple jump.
On the girls side of the card, Teeonna Wade and Alana Foster both finished on the podium. Wade used a 35-foot performance and Foster a 34-5.25 jump in the triple jump to finish in sixth and seventh place respectively. Wade also finished in ninth in the long jump with a 17-6 performance while Foster closed the event with a 16-4 and 12th place. Jamiah Cox finished in 12th place with a 33-9 performance in shot put. Destiny Hunter closed her season with a 15th place finish in the discus on the back of a 94-9 throw.
On the track, the 4x800 team of Drew Biersmith, EllaRyann Cottrell, Peyten Spain, and Annabel Moon finished in eighth place with a 10:52.68 which was a season best by more than 20 seconds. Cottrell also finished in 15th place in the girls 1600m with a 6:08.08.
The girls team closed the event in 17th place out of 35 teams while the boys finished in ninth place from 38 teams.