The Carrollton Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department’s track and field team will be sending several of its athletes to the USATF Junior Olympic National Championships in Wichita, Kan., after a strong showing at this past weekend’s Region 3 Track and Field Meet at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton.
The region meet, which ran Thursday through Sunday, featured competition from all along the lower East Coast, and Carrollton once again was strongly represented, led by standout Jonathan Jones, who took first place in a pair of events.
The Carrollton High School senior won his signature event — the 110-meter hurdles — in 13.99 seconds, then captured the 100-meter dash title (10.91) in the Young Men Division with a photo finish, edging the second-place competitor by one-hundredth of a second.
CPRCAD track and field coach Larry Turner said Jones’ performance ultimately stood out to him for the weekend, noting that he usually tries to put his hurdlers in the sprints for speed work over the summer months, but even he was a bit taken back by Jones’ finish.
Along with Jones, Trinton Terrell also added a top showing for Carrollton, soaring to first place in the Youth Boys long jump (20-0.25).
Jones and Terrell are two of 10 CPRCAD athletes headed to the Wichita State University on July 26-31 for nationals, as it had qualifiers in 10 events — needing to place in the top five — including three in the Intermediate Boys triple jump alone.
Rounding out Carrollton’s national qualifiers are Marquis Barnes with a second in the triple jump for Intermediate Boys (42-6.25), while Deantoine Cammons finished third in the Intermediate Boys high jump (5-8.75) and fourth in the triple jump (41-0.5).
Redrick Hill added a third-place finish in the Bantam Boys long jump (13-7.5), while Dylan Parham was fifth in the Midget Boys high jump (4-6.25), Maurice Boykin was fifth in the Intermediate Boys triple jump (40-5.5), Mitt Conerly was fifth in the Youth Boys pole vault (7-4.5), Kyle Terrell placed fifth in the Intermediate Boys long jump (21-0) and Amanda McGowan took fifth in the Young Women 3,000-meter run (12:00.96).
Turner thought his group had a tremendous performance at the regional level and is looking forward to taking the big stage in Kansas.
“We had 10 people qualify, so that was great. Now we regroup and move forward toward nationals,” Turner said.
The team is having its 4th Annual Carrollton Track Team BBQ Fund-raiser, which is sponsored by Kroger of Carrollton, on Saturday. It will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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