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New Manchester eyes region, state track titles
by E. Marcel Pourtout
April 16, 2014 11:33 AM | 2060 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>New Manchester senior Niata Alexander, who has signed a full scholarship with Troy University, takes off from the blocks during practice last Thursday.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
New Manchester senior Niata Alexander, who has signed a full scholarship with Troy University, takes off from the blocks during practice last Thursday.
In only the school’s third year of existence, the New Manchester track and field teams have developed into the top programs in Douglas County and prime contenders to earn a region championship this week and a state title in May.

Both teams showed their dominance by winning the county meet in Douglasville on April 2. The girls’ team had several standout performers, including the upperclassmen group of Jhordynn Datcher, Niata Alexander, Ashley Germany and Anika Carter winning the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 47.17 seconds.

“The relay team has been together for several years and gotten stronger over time,” head coach Myron Terry said.

Carter also won the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at the county meet while Alexander claimed the 400-meter title. Freshman Sabria Wooten won the 800-meter run and has run a personal best time of 2:25.08, which is the fastest time in Region 5-AAAAA.

The boys’ team also won the county meet behind the efforts of senior Darius Meabon, who won the 200-meter, 400-meter and the 4x100-meter relay. Terrance Jenkins and Marque Hall finished first and second in the 110-meter hurdles and are the top performers in the region of that discipline.

“We’ve learned how to work with our coaches and gotten better as a team throughout the season,” junior sprinter Tahaira Dancy said, noting her second-place finish in the 400-meter dash at the county meet. “We’re ready for the region meet this week.”

This week at Woodland High School in Cartersville, the girls’ team is seeking to win its second consecutive region championship while the boys’ squad attempts to gets its first-ever region title.

“The credit should go to the kids because they want to work hard even on spring break and that’s a testament to the kids wanting to get better,” Terry said.

The Jaguars will then begin preparations for the sectional meet on April 26 in Fayetteville to qualify for the Georgia High School Association championships in Albany starting on May 1. Bringing home a state championship would cap the growth and success of the young program.

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