Athletes to watch at this weekend’s state championship track meet

By Rana Cash

Georgians  have not posted blistering times this track season. While few records are expected to fall, the heat of competition heading into this weekend’s boys’ state championship at Jefferson High is no less intense. 

 

Here are athletes and events you don’t want to miss:

Kenneth Gilstrap, Miller Grove, senior, Middle Tennessee State: He enters with a region time 10.48 in the 100 and is eyeing the 10.33 state record held by Mt. Zion-Jonesboro’s Deangelo Cherry. Look for Perron Jones (10.36) and Jonathan Finch (10.11) from Evans to make this one of the fastest AAAA 100s the state has ever seen.

Andre Carter, Alexander, senior, South Carolina: Carter’s career-best 400-meter time (46.97) isn’t close to his region time (48.50), but expectations are high. In AAAAA, Jaron Roberson, a junior from Campbell, posted a 47.91 in the region meet, but should be pushed by Parkview senior Ethan Kasson.

Vince Brown, McIntosh, senior: After finishing second in the 800 last year, Brown’s 1:53.90 is the fastest in the field. 

Brian Detweiler, Parkview, senior: Detweiler (9:20.85) and Brookwood’s Tyler Anyan (9:20.91) have battled all season in the 3200 in AAAAA. 

400-meter Relay: Miller Grove’s Kendrick Ings, Jonathan Norris, Gilstrap and Antoine Hightower have run 40.71. They are chasing the AAAA record (40.66) set by the 1996 Southwest DeKalb team led by former Olympians Terrance Trammell and Angelo Taylor.

1600-meter Relay: The AAAAA field is incredibly strong, with three teams — Douglass (3:16.14), Redan (3:16.71) and Parkview (3:16.86) — all under 3:17, and South Gwinnett at 3:17.28.

Other individual events to watch: Aleec Harris, Duluth (110 and 300 hurdles); Justin Sims, Redan (110 hurdles); Steve Emere, Redan (300 hurdles); Brian Holmes, Alexander (300 hurdles); Stephen Hill, Miller Grove (300 hurdles), Branden Smith and Antonio Goodwin, Washington (200); Eric Harris, Kell (200); Kirubel Erassa, Grayson (1600); Jamal Patterson, Henry County (300 hurdles); Robert Martin, East Coweta (300 hurdles). 

*Note: All times are based on performances in region meets.

 

8 comments Add your comment

Crystal King

May 7th, 2009
8:57 pm

Congratulation to Darius King! AAA High Jump KING!

qdog2

May 8th, 2009
6:06 am

Did Stephen Hill repeat as the AAAA long jump Champion?

J. N. CORNER

May 8th, 2009
7:43 am

HOW IN THE WORLD COULD YOU LEAVE OFF RAYMOND HIGGS FROM ATHENS CHRISTIAN??? THE BEST ALL-AROUND ATHLETE IN ALL CLASSIFICATIONS…DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE SATURDAY!

Crystal King

May 8th, 2009
8:08 am

Stephen Hill did repeat as AAAA long jump champion.

C A K

May 8th, 2009
8:09 am

Raymond Higgs is quite the athlete. How long has he been competing in field events?

Tom

May 8th, 2009
10:01 am

New state long jump record for Stephen Hill!

Tom

May 8th, 2009
10:03 am

Daniel Drummond (Flowery Branch HS) takes both discus and shot put titles in AAA.

Coweta county

May 8th, 2009
11:58 am

Graylin Ward won the boys AAAA state high jump at 6′8″. Will be back next year for Northgate. A good kid.