The track teams of Thomson High School are preparing for the biggest sporting event of the 2006 season - the region meet which will be held over the next two weeks at Burke County High School.
Coach Garry Fulcher's Lady Bulldogs will be participating in the region meet on April 21-22, while Coach Rodney Garvin's Bulldog squad will travel to Waynesboro to compete in the region on April 28-29.
The Lady Bulldogs are entering the region meet on a very high note. They are coming off two big consecutive wins at their home track over some very tough area schools.
On April 11, Thomson High posted 54 points in a very close win over Washington County and Evans. Washington County came in second place with 49 points, while Evans finished with 45 points.
Kim Johnson won the shot put event with a throw of 34'5." Her teammates Amber Johnson and Jacy Jones finished respectively in first and second place in the discus throw.
In the triple jump, Dwikish Miner won first place with a leap of 31'3." Lady Bulldog Tykia Key came in second place with an effort of 29'2."
A number of Lady Bulldogs won top honors in different events in the April 13 track meet. THS posted 87 points, while Jefferson County scored 48 and Lincoln County 10.
Amber Johnson won the discus with a throw of 85'1/2." Terra Rayford placed second with an effort of 84'3."
Thomson High Athletes D. Miner and T. Key came in first and second respectively in the triple jump. Kay also came in first place in the long jump with a leap of 15'1."
"Our regional competition will be very tough," said Coach Fulcher. "We have been gearing ourselves to peak at the region meet, and I think our athletes are ready for the challenge."
Coach Fulcher, who is in his first year at Thomson High added, "Our entire squad has improved throughout the year, and I believe they are ready for the region meet. If we can continue what we have been doing all year, we will score high at Burke County."
Coach Garvin's Bulldogs placed second in the April 11 meet and tied for first in the April 13 event. In the April 11 meet, Washington County won with 70 points. THS scored 40. In the April 13 competition, THS and Jefferson County tied with 71 points each.
"Seventy-five percent of our team members are ninth and tenth graders," Coach Garvin said. "Everyone has worked extremely hard to get ready for the region meet, from our younger members to our seniors.
"Our team is spearheaded by the undisputed leader in junior Brent Widener. He has an excellent work ethic and he possesses guts and character to lead this team."
A number of athletes on the THS Bulldog squad have really improved over the past few weeks. One of these members is senior David Hobbs, who has won several several discus competitions lately.
"We have been moving kids around in several events to get more points at the region meet," Coach Garvin said. "All our members have worked as hard as possible, and we cannot complain about their efforts."
Juniors Rodney Roberts and Nick Brown have been running real well in the hurdles and distance events. Both of these Bulldogs need to step up in the field events.
"I have been realy pleased with a couple of our ninth graders," Coach Garvin said. "Fresmen Patrick Stewart and Brandon Turman have been battling each other in every track meet and practice is getting ready for the 800 meters."
He added, "It will be a challenge for us to win the region, but I know our kids will give it their best shot and effort."