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.