Prior to sectionals head coach Justin Deshon said his team will have their work “cut out for them,” but they have been there before and should do well “as long as [they] don’t drop the stick or anything.”
Moving on to the state meet is Niata Alexander in the 200 and 400, Anika Carter in the 100 and 200, Christian Cooper in long jump, Ronnie Hall in the 100, Terrance Jenkins in the 110 hurdles, Cheryl Levine in the 100 hurdles, Daquante’ Pearson in the 800, both 4x400 relay teams and the girls’ 4x100 relay team. Before last weekend, the New Manchester girls’ track team finished as region champions and the boys finished third in the Region 5-AAAAA Championship Meet.
For the second year in a row, the girls’ 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams took first, but this year both boys’ relay teams took first as well with the boys 4x400 team setting a new school record of 3:26.85.
“I am very, very proud of both teams. The girls performed at a very high level and the boys have come a long way. The kids worked really hard over spring break,” said Deshon.
The girls won the region meet with 111.5 points while the boys finished with 85 behind Allatoona and North Paulding.
After competing in this two-day event, four members of this Jaguar program walked away as individual region champs — Alexander in the girls’ 400-meter dash, Carter in the girls’ 100- and 200-meter dashes, Pearson in the boys’ 800-meter run, and Jenkins in the boys’ 110-meter hurdles.
All of these individuals qualified for sectionals, along with Ronnie Hall who placed fourth in the boys’ 100, Levine and Uyriah Lucas, who placed second and third in both the girls’ 100- and 300-meter hurdles, Marque Hall, placing third in the boys’ 110 hurdles and Cooper placing third in the boys’ long jump.