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Four Flashes vying for gold at state track meet

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Johnsonville—Traditionally, the Johnsonville girls’ track team has been a state contender. While there have been some lean years as of late, the Lady Flashes still put together a solid campaign and finished third at the Region 7-AA meet with 59 total points.

Two veteran athletes recently punched their tickets to the state championship meet and will have the opportunity to finish the season with a gold medal.

Junior Mya Dollard will try to go back-to-back in the high jump after winning the event in 2016. She was the region champion and took first place at the Lower State meet after clearing the bar at 5-feet, 4-inches.

Senior Brenda Jones has a chance to end her career on a high note as well. She will compete in the discus throw at Spring Valley High on May 13 after qualifying third at Lower State. At the region meet, she placed first in the discus and second in the shot put.

Three other Johnsonville runners did well enough in conference action to participate at Lower State, but came up just short of moving on to that final weekend.

Freshman Taighan Poston was second in the region in the 800-meter run while fellow freshman Madison Britton was runner-up in the 1600-meter run.

Eighth-grader Tanyia Timmons proved her worth at a young age, taking third in the 800m and fourth in the long jump.

Senior Tanasia Davis and sophomore Allissa Young were the other two members of the team who were in action at the region qualifier.

The Johnsonville boys’ track team had an even better showing than their female counterparts, finishing second in the conference with 114 points.

Senior Damien Woodberry continued his career by cruising to a region title in the pole vault. He bettered his mark at Lower State by clearing a height of 11-feet, 6-inches and earning first place again there. Next, he will try to lock up a medal.

Joining him in Columbia will be junior Jordon Simon, who was second in the 400-meter hurdles at Marion before narrowly qualifying for state with a fourth-place result this past weekend.

Other top performers at the conference clash included Tyrique Palmer. The senior was victorious in the triple jump (39-feet, 9-inches) and crossed the line fourth in the 800m.

Junior sprinter Isiah Gillard outran his competition in the 200-meter dash, recording a time of 25 seconds flat.

Sophomores Mason Altman and Quintin Dorsey were second and third, respectively, in the pole vault, and senior Austin Miles placed third in the shot put. Distance runner Fernando Alvarado earned third in the 3200-meter run.

Junior Wendell Shuford qualified in both the 110-meter hurdles (third) and 400-meter hurdles (fourth), and eighth-grader Tyraun Chandler finished fourth in the long jump.

In the group events, Johnsonville won the 1600-meter relay (3:48.51), was runner-up in the 3200-meter relay, and crossed third in the 400-meter relay.

Other team members that took part in the final meet were Jay Fulmore, Jyrue Fulmore, EJ Sanders, Hayden Jacobs, John Cribb, Branden Coles, Daniel Leon, Lasean White, Brendan Newell and Tylyn Chandler.

In other spring sports action, the Johnsonville baseball and softball teams recently wrapped up their seasons. The baseball team captured a conference title after going 11-1 in region play, but went 1-2 in district playoffs and were eliminated by Buford, 7-6.

The Lady Flashes were third in the conference and lost consecutive games in the district tournament to Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

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