CCHS track team posts strong results at Tift County meet

Published 3:53 pm Friday, April 5, 2019

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The Crisp County Cougar track and field team bounced back off of spring break in strong fashion Wednesday night in Tifton at a meet hosted by Tift County.

“Both the girls’ and boys’ teams had spectacular finishes, with five overall first place finishes on the boys side,” said CCHS track coach Marcus Gowan.

The night started out well for the Cougars, as Adarian Carter jumped a season best 43 feet to win the triple jump competition.

Going on at the same time was the boys’ 3200 meter run, in which Thomas Rischar ran away from the competition with a time of 10 minutes, 56 seconds.

Following a short intermission to allow field events to finish, the Crisp County boys 4×100 meter relay team posted a season best time of 43.98 seconds. The combination of Jayce Gray, Jayden Gray, Carter and Elijah Reynolds took first place overall ahead of Tift, Brooks, and Irwin counties.

It did not take long for the Cougars to post another top performance, as Jekyrhi Lewis won the 400-meter dash with an impressive time of 53.34.

The last stellar performance on the boys’ side came towards the end of the meet, in which Jayce Gray took first place overall in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.57.

“The girls’ team had a very impressive performance with four overall second place finishes,” Gowan noted.

The following Crisp County Lady Cougars finished second overall in their respective events: Kalicia Franklin (100 meter run), Rayla Paul (400 m), Ty’Nykia Mckenzie (300 m hurdles), and the girls’ 4X400m relay team. The CCHS girls’ relay team consisted of Mckenzie, Ja’Nyla Jones, Franklin and Paul.

“It was an amazing performance by both teams,” added Coach Gowan.

The Cougar track team was scheduled for a quick turnaround following Wednesday’s strong finishes, as they were set to go to Albany for the Westover Relays today.

Crisp County’s Ty’Nykia McKenzie picks up speed in preparation for an attempt at the long jump.


Crisp County’s Kalicia Franklin leaps for one of her long jump attempts at Wednesday’s track meet in Tifton.


CCHS track runner Jennifer Bedford ahead of an opponent in the 1600 meter run at Wednesday’s meet in Tifton. (All photos by Abigail Taylor)