The golden ones — medalists — will be those who can both demonstrate the skill and summon up the will to outrun, out-throw, out-jump and outlast their neighbors.
The competition was scheduled to get underway Tuesday and finish up today at Strong Rock High.
The Henry Neighbor checked in with Locust Grove coach Hugh Broderick at the beginning of the week to pick his brain about several topics.
“Last year the Locust Grove track program shifted gears from being the new school to the school that competes in every event we are entered in.
“We are still the smaller new kids on the block, but on the track our athletes demonstrate that Wildcat competitiveness … we sent five athletes to the  state sectionals championship and two of the five went on to the state championship and one of the two made the finals …”
On his current crop of standouts:
“We’re excited about the season we are having with our team this year as it relates to our new region [4-AAAA, Division A].
“We have people in each class ranked [among their peers] in the region:
“Among our freshman, there’s Bria Carter in the 200 meters and Alisha Wright in hurdles. On the boys’ side, we have Daltan Rattes in the 1600- and 3200 meters. Sophomore Keira Parks is second in both the 100- and 200 meters. As for our junior boys, Shaquille Barnes is ranked in the 800-, 1600 and 3200 meters; DJ McDowell is there in the 200- and 400. Kyah Owusu is ranked in the 110 hurdles.
“And, we have five ranked seniors: Sabiyah Broderick (400m, 800m and 300 hurdles) and Rachel Scott in the 1600- and 3200 meters. That includes our boys, Stefan Wah (400 and 800m) and Demeco Benefield and Chris DaSilva — both in the 100 and 200 meters.”
On Henry supremacy
“The county championships are always very competitive and the athletes and coaches are always excited about competing.
“Even though a victory does not send you on to state, it does give you bragging rights and a chance to see how you do against schools from [classes] 1-A to 6-A. Our program is designed to compete at the county for victories or high placement in the events that we are competitive in …”