Originally created 05/05/02

Prep notebook



ALBANY, Ga. - Although Thomson senior Carrie Wallace was a little disappointed after taking a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash Saturday at Hugh Mills Stadium, she said she was really surprised by what occurred Friday.

Coming into the meet with a personal-best triple jump of 35 feet, 10 inches, the Troy State-signee crushed her record, leaping 36-7 1/2 to place second behind Cairo's Tiffany Peterson (36-8 1/2 ) on Friday.

That, Wallace said Saturday, came as a shock.

"It was a complete surprise," said Wallace, who couldn't catch up to Kimberly Adams' state-record time of 54.605 in Saturday's 400. "It was all determination. I was very, very happy with it. I was a little disappointed by what happened in the 400. I thought I could hang with (Adams), but she was a little stronger than me."

Still, Thomson coach Alvin Wright was pleased with the performance of his three-time Region 3-AAAA champ.

"She's been with us for four years," Wright said. "She's just a great kid. She works hard, and she never complains. We'll definitely going to miss her next year."

NOT GIVING UP: Just because the qualifying time for Lakeside's Jessica Zenskie in the 800 finals (2:31.820) was more than 19 seconds behind the top seed - Marist's Ena LeuFro ran a 2:12.180 in Thursday's preliminaries - that didn't mean the Lady Panther didn't think she could win.

Instead, she said she had some confidence.

"I think I did (have a shot to win)," said Zenskie, who ran a 2:31.564 and finished eighth behind winner Thea LaShun Dix (2:13.188). "You just have your coaches and everybody supporting you saying you can do it. It's just about how you feel and how hard you work."

MAKING STRIDES: Although Cross Creek garnered just six points, the Razorbacks, in their third year of existence, gave coachesTracey Gamble and Neely Lovett a reason to hope.

"At the end of the year, we always find ourselves in the state meet," said Gamble, whose team got a fourth-place finish from Antranette Stringer in the 300 hurdles. "Plus, we've got two seniors, and everybody else we had is freshmen and sophomores. That's a good sign."

LADY TIGERS DQ: Although Swainsboro appeared to finish fifth in the 1,600 relay, it was disqualified after one of the Lady Tigers, who were running in lane one, took five consecutive strides on the infield grass while coming around a turn.

As a result, Cross Creek was bumped up to the fifth position.

Reach Josh Katzowitz at (706) 823-3216 or josh.katzowitz@augustachronicle.com