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2009-05-14 / Sports

Eagles One of Elite Teams

by Mike Organ

The Eagle track team is one of the elite teams in the Regional IVAA meet this weekend. The Eagles have the top two competitors in the 100 meter dash, and the top time in both hurdle events. Lexington also has district results that place athletes in the top six places in high jump, long jump, triple jump and two relays. If the district results were a true comparison the Eagles could score in the middle 80's at the meet. There are variants such as wind, heat, and athletic condition that figure in the performances at district.

Clint Hutson and Titus Clark will lead the Lexington contingent at Converse Judson High School this weekend. Hutson has the top times in both hurdle races. A 14.50 timing in the 110 meter high hurdles is more than a half a second ahead of his nearest competitor. In the 300 meter hurdles Hutson is again almost a half a second faster, although the half a second in the 300's in not as much of a distance as in the 110's. Clark had the fastest 100 meter time in the region with a 10.80 timing. He had to run because Spencer Taylor finished second in district with a 10.81 timing, just an eyelash back. These three races will give Lexington 38 predicted points.

Hutson has a 22'11" long jump to his credit which should put him near gold and Titus Clark has a 44'8" triple jump which places him two inches from gold plus being in the top six in the long jump. Brother Julien Clark has a 6'2" high jump which is the second best qualifying height and is in the hunt in the triple jump. The Eagle 4x100 relay team has the fifth best time coming into the regional meet but could definitely improve. The 4x200 team is also capable of qualifying for state with an exceptional performance. Another 40 to 50 points should come from these events.

The Lady Eagles, based on qualifying numbers, are looking to Courtney Jackson to toss the discus far enough to win or at least qualify for state. An unknown is the 4x100 relay that finished third at district without two-time state champion Elydia Farwell running due to hamstring problems. If she has used the additional time to heal, would make Lexington a contender in the relay. The team of Ashton Johnston, Deja Griffin, Angel Parks, Courtney Clifford, and Emily Bell qualified without Farwell at district. Jackson in the shot put, Griffin in the 200, and Johnston in the long jump are Lexington's other female qualifiers.

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