EVANS, Ga. -- If Thomson coach Luther Welsh needs any more athletes on his football team next season, he shouldn't have to look any farther than his own track and field team.
On Day 1 of the two-day Region 3-AAA boys meet at Greenbrier High, four Thomson athletes qualified for the state meet May 12-13 in Jefferson, Ga.
The region meet finished its field events and the 3200-meter run Monday while running preliminary heats in sprint races. The finals in the sprint races will begin at 4 p.m. today, with the top two finishers in each event advancing to the state meet.
Thomson earned only one first-place finish in Monday's events but managed three second-place finishes to qualify for the state meet. The event in which the Bulldogs earned a first-place finish was one of the most exciting of the day.
Two of the area's top long-distance runners, Thomson's Bob Brown and Richmond Academy's Nick Black, ran closely in the 3,200 with Brown edging Black for top honors. Brown finished with a time of 10:32 while Black was a close second at 10:42.
Thomson got second-place finishes from Andrew Burtom in the discus as well as Edwin Scott (high jump) and Carlandos Huff (triple jump).
Burke County's Thomas Wright took first place in two events, winning the discus with a throw of 161 feet, 1 inch. He then took first in the shot put with a throw of 31-9'.
In addition to Black qualifying for the state meet in the 3,200 for Richmond Academy, the Musketeers will send at least two more athletes to the state meet -- Willie Mazyck and Daryl Reeves.
Mazyck took first in the triple jump while Reeves took second in the long jump behind Glenn Hills' George Kitchens, whose jump of 24-1 was good enough for first place.
Greenbrier will send at least one athlete to the state meet -- Matt Biasiny, who placed second in the pole vault.
Reach Tim Morse at (706) 823-3216.