Track and Field Makes Ninth Straight Appearance at State

Update (6/5/17) - The school's relay teams did not qualify for the final rounds of their races. Jesse Kahmann placed 5th in the shot and 8th in the 100 meter race. Jack Dalton placed 4th in the 1600 meter race. Congratulations on a great season, Eagles!

A solid mix of veterans and newcomers will lead the path to Columbus as the Eagles go to the track and field state tournament for the ninth year in a row. CJ will be represented in the men’s 1600 meter race, the women’s 4x100 relay, the men’s and women’s 4x200 relay, the men’s seated shot and the men’s 100 meter seated race.

Head Coach Jerry Puckett noted that most participants in the relays and the 1600 meter race qualified in the indoor state tournament as well this past winter.

“The old adage,  ‘If you go to indoor state, you go to outdoor state,’ held true again,” Puckett said.

Jack Dalton ‘17 won the 1600 meter race at the regional competition and will represent the Eagles at state.

“Jack has a good work ethic and is such a nice kid, and he has a some fight in him,” Puckett shared.

Donnie Stevenson '18, Jumarion Wills ‘17, Jance Peters '19, and Calvin Hatcher '20 qualified for the men’s 4x200. Lauren Pegues ‘17, Danielle Lewis ‘17, Dallas Jones ‘18 and Meyah Haywood '20 will race in the women’s 4x200 and Imani Wortham '20, Lewis, Haywood, and Pegues will race in the women’s 4x100.

Pegues will be marking her fourth year of qualifying for the state tournament. She was also a member of the Eagles’ state winning 4x100 women’s relay in 2015.

“Sophomore year we won, then last year we didn’t make it to the finals,” Pegues reflected. “This year, [Lewis and I] are two of the oldest and it’s our time to shine.”

Puckett agreed, “There are not many athletes who I have coached that can say that they have done all that.”

New for the CJ track and field team this year is a participant in the seated competitions. Jesse Kahmann ‘20 has spina bifida. After learning from a friend about seated track and field, he decided to try it as well. With support from his family, including his mother who helps coach him, Kahmann will represent CJ in the seated shot and 100 meter seated race.

“I’m excited because I didn’t think I would make it this year,” Kahmann said.

“He comes out here on days that he doesn’t feel well, he comes out here on days when he is in pain and he’s worked hard,” Puckett noted. “That says a lot for him.”

Puckett added that while to his knowledge, none of the seniors will continue their track careers in college, all have bright futures ahead.

“That’s one good thing about CJ, they get a great education and it pays off.”

Posted May 31, 2017