JEFFERSON, Ga. -- Since his sophomore season, Richmond Academy's Daryl Reeves has steadily improved running the 300-meter hurdles.
At the state meet two years ago as a sophomore, Reeves finished fifth in Class AAA. Last season as a junior, he finished third.
Saturday, in the final day of competition at the state track and field meet, the ARC senior easily won the state title in the event with a time of 37.86.
The victory came after Reeves had finished second in the 110-meter hurdles.
"I had to get revenge after the 110-meter hurdles," Reeves said. "After I finished fifth as a sophomore and third my junior year, I wanted to keep the odd thing going and win state. So I felt like I had to get first place."
The victory in the 300-meter hurdles was sweet for Reeves after he pulled up second to Stone Mountain freshman Dexter Faulk in the 110-meter hurdles.
Faulk's time of 14.46 edged Reeves, who finished with a time of 14.52. It was the way Faulk won the race, however, that had Reeves a little sore.
"I'm disappointed," Reeves said. "We locked up early in the hurdles and he hit my arm. I felt I should have gotten first."
The ARC senior, who finished a close second to Shaw's Lee Thomas for the Class AAA high point award, helped the Musketeers to a sixth-place finish in Class AAA with 26 points. Thomas finished with 29.5 points while Reeves had 26 points.
Reeves was the only local participant Saturday to win a state title. Thomson's Reggie Collins garnered a second-place finish in the Class AAA 100-meter dash, finishing second to Stone Mountain's John Williams, who successfully defended his state title.
In team competition, there was little drama in Class A. With 93 points Landmark Christian ran away with the title for the fifth straight season. Lovett finished a distant second with 40 points.
In Class AAA, Mt. Zion-Jonesboro used a second-place finish in the final event of the day, the 1600-meter relay, to win the state team title. The Bulldogs finished with 45 points to second-place Stone Mountain's 38 points.
In Class AA, Crim won the state team title with 58 points. Marietta won the Class AAAA state title with 42 points.
Two of the more exciting events were in the Class AAAA and in the Class AA 100-meter dash. In Class AAAA, Douglass' Ahmad Carroll set a new state record and also established the best time in the nation in the 100-meter dash so far this season with a 10.41.
Pepperell's Pedro Holliday, expected to be one of the state's top recruits next season, set a new state record in Class AA with a time of 10.56. He broke Johnson County's William Scott's 27-year old record of 10.60 set in 1973.
Among local finishers in Saturday's competition, Swainsboro's Andre Nix placed fourth in Class AA in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 40.06 and seventh in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.43.
Collins placed seventh in the AAA 200-meter dash after finishing with a 22.42. Jenkins County's Ricardo LaCue's 41.20 in the 300-meter hurdles earned him sixth-place in the event in Class A.
Washington-Wilkes' 400-meter relay team of Antonio Mahoney, Kenderus Wiley, Richard Cook and Darrall Porter finished third in Class A with a time of 43.21 while Thomson's 400-meter relay team of Collins, D'Angelo Daniels, John Shelley and Lonnie Hill finished seventh in Class AAA with a 43.27.
Screven County's 1600-meter relay team of John Budget, Jonathan Sello, Will Campbell and Demario Prince finished seventh in Class AA with a 3:30. Meanwhile ARC's 1600-meter relay team of Jozell Lovett, Rakin Rashada, Reeves and Derrick Miller finished eighth with a 3:27.76.
Thomson's Bob Brown finished 10th in the 3200-meter run with a 10:50.
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