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Trojans shine at Friday Night Lights track meet

By Ken K. Green Qua Searcy again led the Trojan track and field team to victory as Lamar County won the United Bank Friday Night Lights meet with 123 points. Mary Persons came in second with 105 points while First Presbyterian Day was third with 82. Searcy won all three of his field events with a 6-06 high jump, 22′, 2.5’ long jump and 48′ 08.5’ triple jump. All three marks are tops in Class AA so far this year. Searcy also earned points as a member of Lamar’s B 4x100m relay team that, along with Tyler Scandrett, Ray Lyons and Deonte Hosley, finished fifth. The Trojan 4x100m relay team A of Sidarious Gotell, Antwan Wallace, Lawrence Austin and Lance Austin finished second. Also finishing first for Lamar was Lawrence Austin who won both the 100 meter hurdles (15.40) and 300m hurdles (40.66). Quentin Frazier was fifth in the 100m hurdles while Lance Austin was third in the 300m hurdles. Dalton Lawhorne had a good meet, finishing second in the 800m and third in the pole vault. Devin Lawhorne was fifth in the 1,600m, third in the 3,200m and sixth in the pole vault. Others scoring points for Lamar were Lance Austin (100m, third), Gotell (100m, seventh), LJ Smith (high jump, fourth), Noah Eure (triple jump, seventh), Rashad Johnson (shot put, third) and Jason Caslin (discus, third). ’We had several athletes turn in outstanding performances but that’s what good competition does for you,’ said Lamar coach Jamie Abrams. ‘Our challenge now is continued improvement. There are several events where we need guys to step up if we want to maximize our team’s ability.’ The Lady Trojans, without distance runner Sydney Tenney who was playing for the soccer team, scored only 12.5 for 11th out of 12 teams competing but continue to show improvement. ’Our girls are doing everything asked of them and their performances are beginning to show it. The more meets we have the better the girls will get,’ said Abrams. ‘The girls we have who played basketball are playing catch up in track right now but they’ll be fine as the season progresses.’ Showing marked improvement from the team’s first meet were Kelby Flournoy who had a personal best in the mile by 14 seconds, Kirstin Wood who improved her two mile time by 27 seconds and Alissa Hicks who improved in the shot by a foot. Wood was fourth in the 3,200m and Hicks was seventh in the shot put to score points. Also scoring for the Lamar girls were Maggie Varner (shot put, sixth), Chelsea Bentley (triple jump, seventh) and Jessica Caslin (triple jump, eighth).

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