Tigers set 17 personal records at meet

Tamira Walker competes in hurdles.

Both Metter Track teams had a phenomenal day at the last home track meet of the year this past Thursday.  

The Tigers and Lady Tigers hosted Tattnall County, Screven County  and Jenkins County.  The boys’ team set 17 new personal records and the girls set six.  

“It was awesome seeing our teams run so well today, particularly against two region teams that we’ll face at the end of April in Claxton,” stated coach John Mark Sweat.  

The Lady Tigers finished tied for third with Screven County at 52 points, Jenkins County had 56 points, and the meet winner, Tattnall County had 65 points.  The Tigers finished second in the meet with 72 points, trailing Tattnall County’s 96, but ahead of Jenkins County (53) and Screven County (23).

The Lady Tigers were paced by seniors Angel Jarvis, first in 3200 and 1600 and 4th in 4 x 400, and Sarissa Ferrell, first in 100m hurdles and 2nd in 4 x 100.  Sophomore Tye Starnes added to the point total with a win in the long jump and 2nd in 4 x 100.  Others competing for the Lady Tigers were Jeniya Lawrence, 2nd long jump, 2nd in 4 x 100, 3rd in 100, and 4th in 4 x 400; Tamira Walker; 2nd in high jump, 2nd in 4 x 100, 2nd in 100 m hurdles and 3rd in 300m hurdles; Jamie Faith Ferry, 3rd in triple jump, 6th in long jump, 5th in 400 and 4th in 4 x 400; and Terry Bryant; 7th in 200 and 4th in 4 x 400.  

“We are extremely proud of our girls setting six personal records and almost doubling their score from two weeks ago,” commented girls’ coach James Ferry.  He continued, “With so few girls on the team, everyone has to maximize their efforts to compete in the four events allowed to give us a chance of competing for a region title in a month. We’re close.” 

The Tigers were led by Jabari Simmons’ win in the discus, Fernadez Burke’s win in the triple jump, Christian Washington’s win in the 400m, and Burke, JD Wilson, Washington and Sharrod Johnson in the 4 x 100. Burke also place 4th in the 200m. Washington placed 4th in 4 x 400 and 300m hurdles. Wilson placed 3rd in 100m and 2nd in 200m. Johnson placed 2nd in 100m and 2nd in long jump.  

Other tigers scoring for the team were Antwan Coney, 2nd in the shot put; Jovhany Hinojosa, 2nd in 3200; Jamarreon Morgan, 2nd in high jump, 3rd in 4 x 400 and 3rd in 4 x 800; Ashton Eason, 4th in high jump and 3rd in 4 x 800; David Espitia, 3rd in 4 x 800; Robdriquez Lawrence, 3rd in 4 x 800 and 3rd in 4 x 400; Enrique Hernandez, 6th in 1600; Landon McCracken, 4th in 400m; Ayden Kilpatrick, 4th in 110m hurdles; Landis Tobin, 6th in 300m hurdles and 3rd in 4 x 400.  

Head boys Coach Sweat said, “Seventeen personal records, wow! Our guys are really trying hard at practice and willing to do whatever it takes for us to compete as a team.”  

The Metter Track teams are making personal sacrifices to better their team results.  Sacrifice is what makes champions in sports and life.

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