Originally created 05/07/99

Dykes aims for state track title



Last spring, Josey sprinter Chip Dykes showed flashes of his blazing speed at the boys state track meet, finishing fourth in the 100 meters.

Last fall, football fans witnessed his speed on the football field as the Josey star earned The Augusta Chronicle's Georgia area player of the year honor and led the Eagles to an 8-3 record and a state playoff appearance.

As the state track meet begins today and continues Saturday at Jefferson, Ga., the 5-foot-8, 170-pound senior is one of the favorites to claim the title of fastest man in Georgia. The Josey senior will compete in the Class AAA 100 and 200 meters.

"My strong race is the 100 meters," Dykes said. "I just want to go up there and win."

None of Dykes' competition that beat him in the state 100 meters last year will be there this weekend. Last year's state champion, Cornelius Camp from St. Pius X, graduated. State runnerup Jimmy Kelly of Burke County failed to qualify for the state meet in the sprints.

Houston County sprinter Ernest Simms, who finished third in the 100 meters last year, won't be competing in the Class AAA boys 100 meters since Houston has moved up to Class AAAA. Simms won't run in the Class AAAA 100 meters, but will run in the 200 meters.

One of Dykes' biggest threats could come from Burke County senior sprinter Isaac Prophet, who Dykes narrowly edged in the Region 3-AAA track meet last week at Greenbrier, 10.38 to Prophet's 10.41.

Dykes' 10.38 was the fastest for any sprinter in any classification in region competition.

Even though he hasn't met his minimum SAT score, Dykes said Georgia Southern and South Carolina State are still actively recruiting him to play football next year.

Another local sprinter, Butler sophomore Eugene Lee will be seeking his first state title after running a 10.58 in 100 meters in the Region 2-AAAA state track meet.

Two local boys teams, Hephzibah in Class AAAA and Burke County in Class AAA, have good chances to win the state team titles. Burke finished third in the state last year with 38 points. Only state champion Stephenson (46 points) and Elbert County (39) had more points than Burke County.

"I like our chances; we're in nine of 16 events," said Burke County boys track coach Nick Davis. "I think the key for us will be two key points. If Jimmy Kelly jumps the way he's supposed to, that's going to be key for us. And we need for Brian Robinson, a 400 guy, to finish in the top four for us to have a chance."

Davis believes his 400-meter relay team of Brian Roberson, Dominique Brown, Kelly and Prophet has a chance to set the Class AAA record of 41.41 set by Elbert County's 400 team last year.

"They have the potential, they just have to do it when they get there," Davis said. "If they can get good handoffs and if they run the way they're capable of running, I think they can (break the state record)."

One of the most exciting local field athletes is Hephzibah's Cory Crosby. Crosby, who will compete in the state high jump, long jump and triple jump, has claimed the high point trophy in the Richmond County track meet and in the Region 2-AAAA boys track meet last week.

The state meet begins at 10 a.m., and resumes at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The finals in the field events and qualifying for the sprint races will be held today. The finals in the sprint races will be held on Saturday.

The girls state meet will be held next weekend in Albany.

Athletes participating in track meetHere are a list of the local track & field athletes competing in the all-classification track meet today and Saturday in Jefferson, Ga.:

Triple Jump: D.J. Spann, Hephzibah (Class AAAA); Cory Crosby, Hephzibah (Class AAAA); Kyle Murray, Thomson (Class AAA); Willie Mazyck, Richmond Academy (Class AAA); Jason Samples, Swainsboro (Class AA); Damion Coleman, Swainsboro (Class AA).

Discus:Brian Johnson, Lakeside (Class AAAA); Ryan Bowers, Greenbrier (Class AAA); Jermaine Cooper, Washington County (Class AA); Tyler Biggins, Washington County (Class AA).

High jump: Cory Crosby, Hephzibah (Class AAAA); Bennie Sanders, Washington County (Class AA); Arkier Johnson, Jefferson County (Class AA); Marvin Gaye, Washington-Wilkes (Class A).

Long jump: Cory Crosby, Hephzibah (Class AAAA); Jimmy Kelly, Burke County (Class AAA); George Kitchens, Glenn Hills (Class AAA); Eric Williams, Jefferson County (Class AA).

Pole Vault: Mike Prissant, Lakeside (Class AAAA); Clint Tinley, Greenbrier (Class AAA); Abraham Williams, Screven County (Class AA); Andre Nix, Swainsboro (Class AA).

Shot put: Aaron Thomas, Burke County (Class AAA); Lewis Peaks, Greene-Taliaferro (Class AA); Akio Turner, Swainsboro (Class AA); Shedrick Wynn, Lincoln County (Class A).

100: Eugene Lee, Butler (Class AAAA); Chip Dykes, Josey (Class AAA); Issac Prophet, Burke County (Class AAA); Jeffery Washington, Swainsboro (Class AA); Navaderick Stokes, Lincoln County (Class A).

200: Eugene Lee, Butler (Class AAAA); Isaac Prophet, Burke County (Class AAA); Chip Dykes, Josey (Class AAA); Jeffery Washington, Swainsboro (Class AA); Charles Watson, Jenkins County (Class A); Rodreguies Ficklin, Warren County (Class A).

110 hurdles: Carmie Bryant, Hephzibah (Class AAAA); Deangelo Plather, Hephzibah (Class AAAA); Wesley Coleman, Burke County (Class AAA); Daryl Reeves, Richmond Academy (Class AAA); Andre Nix, Swainsboro (Class AA); Demarko Lee, Warren County (Class A); Christopher Lockhart, Jenkins County (Class A).

300 intermediate hurdles: Deangelo Plather, Hephzibah (Class AAAA); D.J. Spann, Hephzibah (Class AAAA); Cedric Bonner, Burke County (Class AAA); Daryl Reeves, Richmond Academy (Class AAA); Greg Curtis, Jefferson County (Class AA); Andre Nix, Swainsboro (Class AA); Torri Zellars, Lincoln County (Class A).

400: D.J. Spann, Hephzibah (Class AAAA); Brian Roberson, Burke County (Class AAAA); Lonnie Hill, Thomson (Class AAA); Alvin Sanders, Washington County (Class AA); Fred Kennedy, Lincoln County (Class A); Rodrequies Franklin, Warren County (Class A).

400 relay: Hephzibah (Alex Weaver, William Durham, D.J. Spann, Deangelo Plather, Gavin Willingham, Cory Crosby), (Class AAAA); Burke County (D. Brown, I. Prophet, F. Lewis, V. Johnson), (Class AAA); Screven County (C. Lee, A. Williams, J. Sello, D. Prince, J. Lonon, J. Budgett), (Class AA); Washington County (A. Sanders, D. Reeves, C. Kitchens, T. Jordan, R. Latimore, S. Pook), (Class AA); Washington-Wilkes (Marque Beard, Kendrick Hall, Juan Jackson, Deeko Hall, Quincey Felix, Marcus Seals), (Class A); Jenkins County (Charles Watson, Andre Evans, Mario Hall, Travis Shingleton, Lacue Ricardo, James Sapp), (Class A).

800: Sidney Wilson, Thomson (Class AAA); Devarus Franklin, Thomson (Class AAA); John Davis, Jefferson County (Class AA).

1600: Chris Bair, Evans (Class AAAA), Chris Bodenner, Greenbrier (Class AAA), Eric Burdett, Burke County (Class AAA).

1600 relay: Hephzibah (Deangelo Plather, Alex Weaver, William Durham, D.J. Spann, Qbe Scott, Ronald Davis), (Class AAAA); Burke County (Brian Roberson, Jimmy Kelly, Isaac Prophet, Dominique Brown, Eric Burdett, Charles Ervin), (Class AAA); Swainsboro (D. Coleman, M. Mincey, L. Pearce, J. Washington, C. Silar, A. Nix), (Class AA).

3200: Chris Bair, Evans (Class AAAA), Bob Brown, Thomson (Class AAA), Ray Hatfield, Thomson (Class AAA).