CCHS track and field athletes clear section hurdles
Eight Camden County High track and field athletes qualified individually for state through their performances at a Class AAAAA sectional meet last Saturday in Conyers, and a record-setting Wildcat boys relay team also advanced.
Facing competitors from Regions 2,3, 6 and 8 at Heritage High, Chandler Nichols and Chala Carey both advanced in the 100 and 200 meters, and Carey also reached state in the long jump. Also moving on will be Stephon Lee (300 hurdles), R.J. Goss (long jump), Nick Kennedy (shotput), Kelsea Collins (300 hurdles), Jayla Stokes (triple jump) and Devin Lanham (shotput).
Two heats were held in most of the running events, the top two finishers in each heat and the next four fastest from either earning state entry. The top eight placers from the field events also progressed.
In the 4-by-400, Nichols, Kevin Hutchinson, A.J. Webb and Terry Williams — stepping in for an injured Nick Lemons — set a new CCHS and Region 3 record, their 3:19.56 third-fastest among 16 teams.
Nichols posted the third-best qualifying time in the 100 (10.7), and fourth-fastest in the 200 (21.76). Lee qualified third in the 300 hurdles at 39.09, while Goss covered 22-0 in the long jump for state, and Kennedy moved on with a 47-11½ shot throw.
The second-best clockings in both the 100 (11.96) and 200 (24.49) belonged to Carey, who also produced an 18-¾ in the long jump. Also for the girls, Stokes continued with a 38-½ in the triple jump and Lanham with 37-8 in the shotput, and Collins notched a state-worthy 46.65 in the 300 hurdles.
Girls state will be today through Saturday in Albany, and boys state May 12-14 in Jefferson.