MACON — Westover and Monroe’s coaches had the exact same feeling after Saturday’s state track & field sectional round.
“We got out alive,’’ said Westover athletic director Harley Calhoun, and when asked, Monroe assistant coach Paul Jones said: “We got out alive.’’
There were no team results, no trophies, no ribbons, no plaques, nothing — just an added round to qualify for the GHSA track & field state meets.
Monroe’s Mimieux Land easily qualified for the long jump, triple jump and high jump, where she has already won seven Class AAA state titles, and both of Monroe’s girls relay teams qualified, despite a bizarre timing gaffe, which forced the Class AAA girls 4x100 relay race to be re-run late Saturday after the meet was over because the timing system broke down and there were no backup timers. Monroe won the heat.
Monroe, the three-time girls Class AAA state champion, qualified Land, Alexandria Childs (shot put and discus), Destinee Collins (800), Chakeriah Fletcher (400 and 300 hurdles), and Nydesha McKinley (300 hurdles), and the Monroe boys qualified Larry Bellamy (300 hurdles) and Kevin Williams (long jump).
Westover’s boys qualified Dontrevious Ousley, who is ranked No. 1 in the state and eighth in the nation in the discus, Derrick Akins (discus) McKenny Martin (shot put), Don Mills (shot put), Dolphurs Hayes, the top-ranked pole vaulter in the state, Alex Donnan (pole vault), Jackie Childs (110 and 300 hurdles), Craig Reddix (400), Jeremy Bonner (800) and the 4x400 relay team for the boys Class AAA state meet.
The Westover girls qualified Ericka Taylor (1,600 and 3,200), Ayanna Mitchell (shot put and discus), Alisha Samuels (discus), Alysia Potts (pole vault), Kayla Kirkland (pole vault) and the 4x400 relay team.
Albany High had to travel to Norcross near Atlanta to qualify for the state meets and is sending Roscoe Byrd (shot put, discus), Jontavious Morris (discus), Emmanul Byrd (high jump), Jerrod Williams (400, 800) and its 4x400 relay team to the Class AA boys state meet.
Kair’sha Jackson (400), Na’Kiedra Kervin (100 hurdles), Lineshia Hudson (100-hurdles) Elisia Hollinger and both relay teams qualified for the girls Class AA state meet.
“I’m pleased,’’ said Albany High coach Jessica Thomas, who coaches both teams. “This is the most girls I’ve ever had qualify for a state meet.’’
The girls state meet begins Thursday and runs through Saturday at Hugh Mills Stadium, and the three-day boys meet will be in Jefferson, beginning on May 10.