The Metter High Boys’ Track Team placed 11th out of 83 Class A Public Schools at the GHSA Track and Field State Championships this past weekend. The Tigers were only a quarter point out of a Top Ten finish.
The boys’ team set one new school record and seven personal records in the effort.
State Champion Fernandez Burke led the way for the Tigers, winning the Class A Triple Jump State Championship.
Burke was also a member of the State Runner Up 4x100 relay team which included JD Wilson and graduating seniors Sharrod Johnson and Zamarion Kirkland.
JD Wilson finished seventh in the 100-meter dash and was the only freshman in the final field.
“It was awesome and anxious watching Fernandez in the triple jump. We are all extremely proud and happy for him. It was exciting watching our 4x100 relay team run. Our guys showed out in the prelims and had a strong showing in the finals,” stated head boys coach John Mark Sweat.
Other guys competing and setting personal records at the state track and field championships were Christian Washington in the 400 meter; Kirkland in the 100 meter and 110 hurdles; Lantis Tobin in the 300-meter hurdles with a personal record; Antwan Coney in the discus throw; the 4x800 relay team of Ashton Eason, David Espitia, Jamarreon Morgan and Ayden Kilpatrick; and the 4 x 400 relay of Washington, Tobin, Morgan and Kilpatrick setting another personal record.
Sweat added, “We are grateful to our seniors and encouraged by our underclassmen. We have a great foundation on both teams to build a bright future for Metter Track. We will be back here, and we will finish higher.”