Track teams set to burn rubber
By Greg Sullivan
No official records were kept, but Morgan County track coaches were pleased with the results last Thursday when they hosted Social Circle and Taliaferro County for a scrimmage.
"We were pleased it went the way it did," said Bulldog men's track head coach Charlemagne Gibbons. "We lost a lot of kids from last year."
Gibbons said his team is still in the process of finding out what races his runners should be competing in.
"I think we'll be fine in the field events," he said. "We just lost a lot of runners from last year."
Coaches were particularily pleased with the boys in the 4X100 where the team finished in approximately 44 seconds.
On the girls side of things, Thursday's scrimmage was also a success.
"It was a good first meet," said Lady Dogs Head Track Coach Courtney Castellana. "We were pretty impressed with them.”
"I think we'll have a good season," Castellana said. "Hopefully, they'll have a good year."
The Lady Dogs return Andrea Ross, who won state last year in the discus. The team expects to be strong in field events, but like the boys the team isn't sure what its strengths and weaknesses will be on the track, at least at this point in the preseason.
With the preseason home race under their belts, where they had a good showing, the team hopes not to lose any steam when they travel to East Jackson High School for their first official matches where they'll meet East Jackson and Commerce.
Their first home meet will be on March 20 at 4 p.m. when they host Salam and Ola. They host a home region meet on March 25 when they welcome Putnam County.
Their season consists of seven regular season meets, four of which are at home, before the region meets on April 25 and 28.
The teams will have non-mandatory conditioning this week during the school's inter-session as they begin preparations for the March 18 meet.