Originally created 05/12/02

Thomson makes strong showing



JEFFERSON, Ga. - Even with one of its top runners missing, Thomson made a good showing in Saturday's Georgia High School Association Track and Field Championships at Memorial Stadium.

The Bulldogs scored 24 points to place in the top eight in Class AAAA.

"We're pretty happy with it," Bulldog 400-meter runner Michael Hill said. "We thought we could win the (400) relay, but we did pretty good. We still came out with a positive attitude."

Which might have been tough, considering Leonard Hill, who ran the third leg of the preliminary 400 on Friday, hurt himself during the race, and Thomson had to replace him with Korey Castleberry - who had ran just one relay this season.

The Bulldogs, who got a state title victory from Quincy Daniels in Thursday's triple jump, took a fourth-place finish in the relay before Hill ran to third-place finish (48.57) in the 400.

SAME STORY: With a look of chagrin on his face, Cross Creek's Aaron Whitely glanced at the scoreboard after his 110 hurdle race and shook his head.

Struggling with a problem he's faced all year, Whitely got off to a slow start and was the last runner to reach the first hurdle.

Although he quickly caught up with the rest of the field, Cheney was edged out for first by Carrollton's Derek Boykin (14.54) and finished second with a 14.85.

"My start all year hasn't been good at all," said Whitely, who also finished second (39.25) in the 300 hurdles. "They got me coming out of the blocks, but I was determined to finish strong. I wasn't willing to settle for second, but I don't have a choice now. If I could have gotten out of the blocks better, I knew I could have beat him."

LOOKING TOO FAR AHEAD: With a slight lead over Washington Wilkes' Quincey Felix in the Class AA 110 hurdles, Jenkins County's Cornelius Clemons thought he had a state title within his grasp.

But he didn't count on hitting the last hurdle, stumbling to the finish line and placing second.

Still, Clemons wasn't too upset.

"I got a little too happy out there," said Clemons, who also finished fourth in the 300. "I wasn't thinking, and I ended up getting second. In a way, it's a little disappointing, but I'm happy I made it this far."

ETC: Eddie Geter put Laney on the scoreboard, finishing third in the Class AAA 110 hurdles with a time of 15.24 .. Former boxing heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield was in the stands, watching his son, Evander Jr., compete for Class A Landmark Christian.

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



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