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Georgiana track teams blaze trail in second meet, runners qualify for state

The newly formed Georgiana track team gave the competition a run for their money Thursday in the team’s second official meet at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton.

The boys placed fourth out of 19 participating teams, and first among all Class 1A Schools.

Georgiana trailed Tate of Pensacola, T.R. Miller and Excel High School.

Martavius Payton and Jamarcus Sims met the state qualifying standard in the high jump competition, as did Christopher Mixon in the 100-meter dash, Jamarcus Sims in the 200-meter dash and Azenda Pennington in the 400-meter dash.

Other standout performances included a first-place finish for Jamarcus Sims in the long jump competition, followed by second and third-place finishes from Christopher Mixon and Martavius Payton, also in the long jump.

LeCedric Haynes finished third in shot put, and Christopher Mixon finished second in the 100-meter dash.

Girls who met the state qualifying standard were Zykeria McClain in the 100-meter dash and Jakiriah Rivers in the 200-meter dash.

To date, seven Georgiana boys and seven girls have qualified to compete in the state qualifying meet.

Butler County Schools superintendent John Strycker, who also serves as a supervisor for the school’s track program, said that the track program is further proof of the county’s ability to produce extraordinary talent.

“After the track meet, one of our athletes came up to me and said, ‘I believe I want to run college track,’” Strycker said.  “He is one of our top runners and has the ability to run at a Division I level. “He then expressed his desire to improve upon his ACT score for possible scholarships.

“Like I said when we initiated this team after 30 years of absence, if we put time and resources into our kids, then greatness will follow. Our kids are of good character and are talented.  We just need to give them a chance to show us.  I believe this early success says it all—with little equipment and no track for practice—I just knew these kids would produce.”