Tracksters start season at home
The Burke County Bears track team opened its season with a three-county meet at the Bear Den last Thursday, with the boys and girls both finishing second place for the competition.
In the girls competition, Evans scored a total of 65, followed by the Bears with 50 points and Warren County with 11. In the boys competition, Evans led with 67, followed by the Lady Bears who had a score of 41, and Warren County scored 18.
Head coach Purvis Dukes said it was a great first meet.
“The kids competed well,” he said, considering that a few athletes from both teams are nursing injuries.
The girls first place finishers were junior Imani Wimberly, 300-yard heat with a time of 51.09; sophomore Qua’Neshia Hamilton, long jump, 16’10”; junior Quin’DeJa Hamilton, triple jump, 32’2”; and sophomore Ar’Nyya Walden, shot put, 30’.
First place finishers for the boys were junior Damari Kelly, long jump and triple jump, 22’8” and and 45’5”, respectively; junior Tariq Washington, shot put, 39’6”; and junior Jalen Odom, 100-yard heat, 15.23.
Last Saturday, the Bears competed in the Greenbrier Invitational. Dukes said they did an excellent job of running, throwing and jumping despite missing several students who were taking the SAT.
Top finishers for the girls were Qua’Neshia Hamilton, long jump (second, 15’10”) and triple jump (first, 32’9”); Quindeja Hamilton, triple jump (second, 31’7”); and senior Kayla Lambert, freshman Breanna Bynes, Quin’DeJa Hamilton and Qua’Neshia Hamilton, 4x100 (first, 51.62).
For the boys, the top finishers were Kelly, 100-yard heat (second, 11.39), long jump (first, 20’2¼”) and triple jump (first, 41’); Odom, 110-yard heat (second, 17.17) and 300-yard heat (first, 44.06); sophomore Jackson Parham, 300-yard heat (second, 45.51); junior Dymon Green, high jump (first, 6’2”); junior Simeon Coleman, 400- yard heat (second, 52.34); and Tyrell Jones, shot put (second, 37’1”).
The Bears host a meet this Thursday at 4 p.m. against Hancock and Jefferson County.