Swainsboro High School sent a number of student-athletes to compete in the GHSA Class AA State Track & Field Championships May 13-15 at McEachern High School in Powder Springs. One of those individuals, Juan Brown, came home with a state title while several others from Swainsboro saw top eight finishes.
Brown won the triple jump with a distance of 44 feet, 2¾”.
Swainsboro’s girls team of Hannah Howard, Taondrea Robertson, Tim’yielah Worthen, and Jayden Wynn finished fifth in the 4x100 relay. This same group ran the second fastest time recorded in Class AA during qualifying.
As an individual, Robertson finished fifth in the 200m dash.
Another female competitor, Jayden Wynn, placed eighth as an individual in the high jump.
The boys team of Robert Allen, Nahja Kingsberry, Jamaury Dixon, and Brown finished seventh in the 4x100m relay.
Two more boys placed in the top eight as individuals. These included Trevon Waller, fifth in the 300m hurdles, and Jaquavious Lattimore, seventh in the high jump.
Head Coach Dwight Smith says the entire coaching staff is extremely proud of how these student-athletes competed for their school. “Upperclassmen did an outstanding job of leading this year, and we made a lot of noise this past weekend. We had our first state champion in 8 years and had several people standing on the podium representing our program, our school, and our community. For that ,we are grateful for these young ladies’ and gentlemen’s efforts. It was a challenging week leading up to the meet with us leaving after the spring football game Wednesday night, then some kids traveling back on Friday to attend prom and traveling back up to Powder Springs that Saturday morning to finish the weekend, but they fought through it all and represented us very well.”
Smith continued, giving kudos to a certain group of leaders who stepped up this year. “Talondrea Robertson, Cormizhia Durden, Nahja Kingsberry, Juan Brown, Jamaury Dixon, Jamorion Glover, Fred Seabrough, and Robert Allen all did an excellent job at taking such a young team and building them into state contenders. We have a great nucleus coming back next season, and we are looking to build off of this year’s success. A lot of different people stepped up to lend us a helping hand to finish the season, and for that, we would like to thank them. Our administration worked diligently to make sure we were able to compete, and we would like to thank them for that. Our parents who sacrificed so much for this season’s success cannot be shown enough gratitude! We are looking forward to being able to host meets next year for the community to be able to attend and support right here in Swainsboro!”