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May 10, 2014

Jakyron Young wins state title in triple jump

TIFTON — Jakyron Young of Irwin County won the triple jump in Class A as the five smaller area schools in the state track meet had a productive three day period.

Young jumped a distance of 44'05", three inches further than his nearest competitor, T.J. Lowe of Georgia Military College according to results posted by the Georgia High School Association.

Young was the only 1st place winner from the area, but Fitzgerald's team shone in their events in Class AA competition. They scored points in seven of nine of them, including a pair of runner-up finishes by Trey Graham in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and a 3rd in triple jump.

Graham was kept from the gold both time by Lamar County's Lawrence Austin, who beat him by two-tenths of a second in the 110 and by a full second in the 300.

The 4x100 relay team, consisting of Graham, J.D. King, Riveria, Leo Dabow and Antonio Wilcox had another 3rd place finish for the Purple Hurricanes.

Riveria joined Graham in the 300, grabbing 5th place. Fifth also went to Chandler Eckler in pole vault and Romarius Gaulden in long jump. Riveria was 4th in triple jump. Kelton Williams rounded out the scoring with 6th place in high jump.

Fitzgerald had an overall finish of 4th place. They were 3rd until Greater Atlanta Christian won the final event.

Class A provided its own high scoring meet. Having automatically qualified for the finals by advancing past sectionals, they were additionally good for a 3rd, 4th and two 5th place finishes.

Turner County received points from its 4x100 relay squad (5th) in shot put (Yusef Muhammed, 7th) and in two events by Mikevian Hall. Hall scored in both track and field. He was 5th in the 300-meter hurdles and 3rd in pole vault, clearing a height of 10'06".

The 4x100 team for the Rebels was made up of Nathan Martin, Antozio Dawson, Hall, Malik Holley and Travis Smith.

Irwin's 4x100 team of Peterson, Young, Cartarvion Benyard, Ziaire Andrews and Q’Ashawn Tucker were 4th. Young and Tucker were also 6th and 7th, respectively, in the 100-meter dash.

Berrien's sole man in the meet, Keyshawn Prince, provided them with a point. He was 8th in shot put. Cook also scored a point when Samuel Jackson finished  8th in the 400-meter dash.

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