By Seth Coleman
SPECIAL TO THE HERALD
JEFFERSON — Sometimes the slipper doesn’t fit, Goliath beats David and the villain in the movie gets away.
Such was the case for Westover on Saturday as the Patriots finished second to Carrollton in the GHSA boys track and field meet for the second consecutive year. Westover was ahead of Carrollton, 40-25, going into Saturday’s finals, but the Patriots had just one opportunity to score with Jackie Childs in the 110-meter hurdles, while Carrollton had four chances with competitors in the 200 meters, the 4x100 relay and the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. The Trojans’ hurdler, Jonathan Jones, who is also an Auburn football signee, happens to be one of the best in Georgia.
So Westover A.D. and assistant coach Harley Calhoun knew the odds were against the Patriots.
“Even if we had maximized all of our points, Carrollton would have been too much for us,” Calhoun said. “We had to hope that they didn’t have a good day. But when you have a kid like Jonathan Jones who can score 30 points by himself, that’s tough to beat.
“But I’m very proud of our boys. We came here and got second for the second year in a row to Carrollton, and we scared them a bit. They set the standard for track in Georgia. Last year, we were chasing them the whole meet. This year they had to chase us. We made them work for it.”
Calhoun said he hopes this group of athletes, which includes Childs, Dontrevious Ousley, who took first in the discus on Thursday to repeat as Class AAA state champ, and Brandon Hudson, who won the high jump in a shocker after he came in seeded 16th, will be the foundation for a perennial state championship contender come next seasons.
“When this group started in 2010, they almost couldn’t score 10 points in a Saturday meet,” he said. “But they worked hard and really got after it. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Other athletes from Southwest Georgia competing in Saturday’s finals included Albany’s Jerrod Williams, who finished fourth in the Class AA 800 meters with a personal best time of 1:58.93, which was just .55 of a second out of second place.
In Class AAAA Bainbridge’s 4x400 relay team of Alton Miller, Rhyan Edwards, Hubert Thomas and Dontravious Jackson was disqualified for runners taking too many steps on the other side of the inside lane on the infield, ending their bid for a state title.
In Class A, Terrell County’s 4x100 relay team of Tracy Chick, Jatoria Jones, Bernard Lumpkin and Jerkerious Scott placed fifth in a time of 43.58. Scott and Lumpkin finished fifth and eighth, respectively, in the 100 with times of 11.08 and 11.33. Chick finished seventh in the 400 with a time of 52.12. Terrell finished 11th overall as a team.
Also in Class A, Baconton Charter’s Bryton Wenzel finished sixth in the 800 in Saturday’s final with a time of 1:58.96.