New Albany will be well represented in this weekend’s 4A State Track and Field championships in Jackson, as the Bulldogs will take four athletes for the two-day event.
Zach Hand, Tia Potts, Bobbie Rogers and Cameo Mabry qualified for state competition after last weekend’s North Half championship at Pontotoc. Hand took first place honors in the shot put with his mark of 46.6, while Potts finished second in shot put with a 34.6 score and third is the discus throw with a mark of 87.6.
Rogers will be competing in the 200 meter dash after her third place finish in Pontotoc, and Mabry rounds out the Bulldogs representation as he will compete in the 400 meter dash after qualifying with a second place north half finish.
“Overall I’m pleased with the effort of the team and proud of those who qualified for state,” NAHS track coach Rolandus Cox said. “They all did well on Saturday, and the ones that will continue have a good chance of winning a medal at state.”
Mabry and Rogers are making a return to state competition, as Mabry went as a sophomore in 2008, competing in the 4×1 and 4×2 races. Rogers is also making her second appearance, as she has previously finished seventh in the 200 meter dash.
Cox also credits the help of his coaching staff, Scott Duley and Les Huntington for their work this season.
“Coach Duley has played a big part in helping Zach and Tia, while Coach Huntington has worked primarily with the distance runners,” he said. “We’ve had a successful year with our distance runners and sprinters, with a couple just missing state qualifying.”
NAHS and Myrtle will compete at state this weekend.