By Nick Nunn staff writer
The Morgan County High School (MCHS) track team competed in the 8-AAA region track meet at East Jackson High School last Tuesday, April 15, and Thursday, April 17. Four Morgan County Athletes – Lakashia Willis, Tatyana Davis, Taleah Adams, and Jailyn Ingram – qualified to competed in the AAA B Sectional competition, which will also take place at East Jackson High School on April 26. Lakashia Willis placed first in the girls’ 800-meter race during the region tournament with a time of 2:32.18.
“Lakashia had success in the 800 meter last year,” said MCHS Girls’ Track Coach Dusty Hawkins. “She has the ability to pull away from her competition as she did in region. She has continually improved through the season.” Tatyana Davis took third place in the girls’ long jump competition, jumping 15 feet, eight inches for her bronze finish. “Tatyana has done extremely well this year,” continued Hawkins. “She is a ninth grader and has jumped in the long jumped very well this season.” Taleah Adams qualified to compete in the sectionals in two events, the shot put and the discus throw.
Adams’ shot put distance of 29 feet, nine inches resulted in a third-place finish, and she took fourth in the discus throw after throwing 84 feet, four and a half inches. “This is Taleah’s first year doing the shot and discus,” said Hawkins.“She has done well and has a lot of potential in her upcoming track years.” Jailyn Ingram was the sole member of the Morgan County boys’ track team to qualify to compete in the sectionals, when he took third in the boys’ high jump. Ingram leapt five feet, eight inches. “Jailyn is just a great athlete, as I am sure we have all seen from his performance throughout is career here at MCHS,” said Morgan County Boys’ Track Coach Dusty Sidwell. “He will be able to compete with the top people in his event.
This was his first year attempting the high jump event and has done very well. The future is bright for this young man.” As a team, the Morgan County girls took seventh place in the region meet with a score of 45, and the Morgan County boys finished eighth with a score of 16. The AAA Sectional B competition will take place in Commerce at East Jackson High School on April 26. Come out to support the Morgan County track team on their final step toward the state finals.