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Spartans shine at county track meet
by E. Marcel Pourtout
April 02, 2014 10:39 AM | 2813 views | 2 2 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>From left, South Paulding sophomore Tionna Fant, junior Jazmine Burse and junior Kahliyah Smith sprint down the track in practice last Wednesday.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
From left, South Paulding sophomore Tionna Fant, junior Jazmine Burse and junior Kahliyah Smith sprint down the track in practice last Wednesday.
The South Paulding track and field teams have had strong seasons, highlighted by a stellar performance at the Paulding County Championships on March 18 with the girls’ squad placing first with an overall score of 100, three more than closest competitor North Paulding.

“Our season has gone very well and we set several county records at the meet including the 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relays,” said girls’ track coach Courtney Kosky. “We have strong athletes and leaders on the team.”

Several athletes for the Spartans shone at the county championships, including 200-meter and 400-meter dash winner Tionna Fant, 100-meter dash and long jump victor Kahliyah Smith, 100-meter hurdler Jazmine Burse and pole vaulter Jeannie Heerlien.

The boys’ team had a positive showing at the meet as well, placing second in the team results, only three points behind North Paulding. Senior Aaron Jones had one of the most dominating performances in Paulding County history, winning three events at the meet. He won the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and the long jump. Jamar Dennard won the 300-meter hurdles and Ricky Price earned the victory in triple jump. Other top performers this season have included Josh Hill, Tim Smalls and Josh Addison.

“The team has started off much stronger than in the past and although we’ve struggled with injuries to start the season, the athletes are getting healthier and staying positive,” said boys’ head coach Joseph Scott.

The Spartans’ next meet will be the 5-AAAAA Track and Field Championships in Cartersville starting on April 15 and preparations have already begun.

“We’re looking into more intensive training for our field events and have taken advantage of outside training from groups such as Pole Vault Atlanta and Throw One Deep,” Kosky said. “We’ve also changed the way our distance teams train and begun to see results in competition.”

Scott said “our team is working on improving our willingness to be excellent at everything.”

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