It was a classic, nine to five day at the office for the 17 schools that participated in the 31st annual Thomas County Central Yellow Jacket Invitational on Saturday.
“It’s one of the meets that people love to see their kids run in,” Central girls track coach Chad Ward said. “It’s at the perfect time of the year with weather cooperating. College kids are usually on spring break and can come down and enjoy a nice weekend And it’s special because it’s at a beautiful stadium.”
Cross-town rival Thomasville stole the show, with the Lady Bulldogs placing first overall with 93 points among the collated 17 events. “It makes it even more special to do it right here in our hometown,” first-year
Thomasville girls coach Kristina Pinkins said. “A lot of people got to come out and see us, and it let the community know that Thomasville track is back on the map and ready to rock and roll and make some noise in the state.”
The Lady Bulldogs earned first on the heels of a 4x100 meter medley relay – three of the four are freshmen – with Sherriona Jackson, Aleah Wagner, Shakeria Gathers and Mahogony Walter, who also finished first in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes.
Wagner finished first in the 100 meter hurdles. “We’re getting better and better each week,” said Pinkins, whose team finished sixth in Tifton two weeks ago and fourth in Bainbridge last week.
The Thomasville boys posted a tenth place performance with 33 points, and Central upped that by claiming fifth place with 48 points. Central boys posted a fifth place overall performance on Saturday with 48 points on the heels of Ernest Harris’ first place finish in the 400 meter dash.
Central will head to the Monroe Relays next weekend, though Ward also has two Lady Jackets bound for the FSU Relays in Tallahassee. “We’ve still got a lot of things we’ve got to work on – mechanics, stamina,” Ward said. “We’ve got to be able to handle a whole track meet.”