The Pirates’ 4x400 relay team of Korey Bryant, Fred Scott, Aaron Sibley and Tamarick Johnson set a new state record with a time of 3 minutes, 15.28 seconds.
Stone Mountain head coach John Williams said he enjoyed watching this quartet of seniors go out on top.
“I ran track in high school, and I was never part of such a fast relay team,” Williams said. “This team just made a commitment to what we ended up calling the ‘mile party.’ These guys were determined to leave nothing in the tank after the last race of the meet.”
The quartet of Pirates set a school record earlier in the season in the 4x100 relay, but was disqualified in the prelims at state.
The Pirates finished the state meet in sixth place with 31 points. The team was six points from third place Woodward Academy. Carrollton ran away with the meet with 58 points and Westover finished in second with 45 points.
The 4x400 relay took gold, Johnson took gold in the 200-meter and the 400-meter dash and Sibley finished eighth in the 400.
“To see their hard work they put in manifest into success was an indescribable feeling,” Williams said. “These guys all made a promise to each other they were going to win the 4x400 and they did so much more than just win it. They had a disappointment in the event last year and they would not be denied this year.”
Williams said he will miss the relay team and what the seniors who were a part of it brought to the team. He said his entire senior class helped people recognize Stone Mountain track and field.
Williams said that leadership was evident on the football field as well as the track.
“They were the best leaders I have had since I have been in the building,” he said. “Our track team is mostly football guys and that leadership translates from the football field to the track.”
Williams said he now wants his underclassmen to realize what the seniors did for the program and to keep it going.
“I hope this effort shows that we have the potential to be up there with the top teams in our county,” Williams said. “We want to continue to represent the county well.”