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Lady Jaguars sprinters dominate Region 8-AAA meet

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Ridgeland—Although small in quantity, there was plenty of quality on the Ridgeland-Hardeeville High girls’ track team this spring. The Lady Jaguars finished fifth in at the Region 8-AAA meet, but dominated the rest of the field in the sprinting events.

Sophomore Lenasia Singletary blazed past her competition as she was victorious in both her races. She crossed the finish line in a time of 13.02 seconds in the 100-meter dash while taking the 200-meter dash in 26.63 seconds.

Junior Kera Robinson also had a strong showing, recording a pair of runner-up results in the 100m (13.17) and 200m (27.46) behind Singletary. She competed in the 400-meter run as well.

In the 400-meter relay, Singletary and Robinson teamed up with Zaria Wilson, Latrina Fadden and Timothea Green to earn top honors in that race after stopping the clock at 50.93 seconds, just five one-hundredths of a second faster than Battery Creek.

Eighth-grader Inaya Bright and freshman Nailley Macias each ran in the 400m and 800m while Macias also threw the discus.

The boys’ track team didn’t have as much success as their female counterparts, with only the 400-meter relay team qualifying for the Lower State meet. That group – Marquez Grant, Ronald Zimmerman, Zion Wilson, Jordan Murray and Devonte Bright – finished fourth in the event.

Six other sophomores took part in the meet, including Emanuelle Hargrove (100m), Travis Taylor (100m), Jeremiah Adkins (400m), Kaleb Frazier (800m, long jump), Rahamel Butler (high jump) and Jertaveon Smalls (high jump).

Ridgeland-Hardeeville also began spring practice recently and head coach Jahmaal Nelson is excited about the group he has been working with. The Jaguars are looking to improve on a 2-8 season in 2016.

“The young men are working hard,” Nelson said. “We will be young this year. So far, we’ve averaged about 25 young men at practice, which consist of mostly rising sophomores and juniors with only three seniors. We’re working hard on the fundamentals and techniques because half of the players have never played before. The players are responding well to the coaching and having fun. Hopefully the numbers will build up as we continue on and we will keep working hard to get better.”

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