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May 13-- The VHS Indians competed in the Class AA State track meet on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Rome, Georgia.  This year's field of athletes in this classification was extremely tough with Bleckley County dominating a majority of the events.  

The Indians opened up the meet running the 4x100 relay with an exceptional performance and a season best time of 42.1 turning the fastest time and entering the finals in the #1 seed position.  The relay consisted of Jesi McRae, William Page, Cailyn Jordan and Raymond Collins.  In the finals this team ran a 42.2 and placed 4th

Raymond Collins then ran the 100m with a time of 10.94 and narrowly missed qualifying for the finals by .01 seconds.  The field of sprinters this year consisted of 10 guys running under 11 making us one of the most difficult classifications in the state of Georgia in this event.

Jesi McRae hit the track next in the 110h. He was running an excellent race and was in position to qualify for the finals when he hit a hurdle and stumbled, after regaining his balance he caught up to the field but it wasn't enough to qualify for the finals. Jesi did qualify for the finals in the 300h, while the rain continued to pour placing 8th while running near his personal best.

Highly seeded Raymond Collins took the track again in the pouring rain to run the 200, yet slipped coming out of the blocks.  He avoided falling but once again came up a little short from qualifying for the finals. 

Cole Register finished the evening with a 20 personal best in the 3200 placing 7th in his event with a time of 10:40.  This is the first time in nearly 10-15 years to have a person to place in this event at state.  Freshman Luke Palmer qualified in this event and also had a personal best performance. 

In the field events, Senior Jaylen Clements was in 2nd place throughout the entire competition but was etched into 4th place in the final throws. William Page made his first ever appearance to the state meet and stepped up in a huge way by placing 6th place in the triple jump with a jump of 44'3". 

Hunter Manning continues to overcome challenges as a freshman in a new event and a first year track athlete.  After clearing opening height of 10' the competition was postponed to Friday.  Hunter again cleared opening height and competed well but came up short of placing at the meet, but was the first state qualifier in the pole vault in over 20 years.

The Indians put up a good fight in the 4x400 Relay once again running a season best time of 3:30, placing 6th. 

“Although the Indians placed 10th as a team this season and were a little disappointed in the way things played out at the state meet, every single athlete on the team had a personal best this season and every athlete showed substantial improvement throughout the season busting through personal bests performances each week.  These young men were diligent, committed and worked extremely hard all season and I couldn't be more proud of their accomplishments.” Coach Mandy Godbee said.5 13 19 VHS Bys Track 5 13 19 VHS Boys Track 2

(Pictured Freshman Hunter Manning in Pole Vault and Luke Palmer in the 3200)

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