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Lady Dogs ready for state meet, look to next season

The Thomson High School Lady Bulldogs had a strong showing at the region track meet, held recently at Burke County High School.

Coach Chris Harris said Thomson took a team of mostly juniors and sophomores into the meet, but several athletes stepped up with their best times of the year. Up next for some of the Lady Dogs is the state track meet, which is May 15 in Albany, Ga.

"I am extremely proud of the girls this year," he said. "Even though the team was extremely young and most of the girls had never competed in any prior track and field events, they held their own in a tough, more experienced region."

Kischondrius Tanksley won the region title in the shot put, throwing a new personal record of 38'10'' and will be competing at the state meet.

Hannah Wilson finished fourth in the high jump with a height of 4'8'', third in the 300 hurdlers with a time of 49.75, and fourth in the 100 hurdlers with a time of 17.00.

Nekia McNair, a freshman, finished fifth in the 100m dash with a time of 13.1 sec. She also ran a time of 26.7 in the 200m dash.

Thomson's relay teams also ran well:

- 4X100 A Team (49.73) - Ebony Sims, Nekia McNair, Hannah Wilson and Brittanica Howard

- 4X100 B Team (51.3) - Kierra Brown, Tarnisha Berry, Deangela Reese and Miranda Barker

- 4X400 A Team (4:17) - Kierra Brown, Nekia McNair, Hannah Wilson and Brittanica Howard

- 4X400 B Team (4:23) - Ebony Sims, Tarnisha Berry, Deangela Reese and Miranda Barker

Some of Thomson's other participants were:

- Tarnish Berry: ran a time of 19.00 sec in the 100 hurdlers

- Kierra Brown: ran a time of 1:04.24 in the 400m

- Brittanica Howard: ran a time of 1:04.53 in the 400m

- Deanglea Reese: ran a time of 27.8 in the 200m

- Ebony Sims: long jumped 15'8, and high jumped 4'6

- Vanessa Grant: ran the 1600m with a time of 7:31

- Quanesha Williams: also a freshman, ran the 800 with a time of 3:01

- Shay Cummings: ran the 800 with a time of 2:50

- Jacy Jones: threw the discus for a distance of 82'3

- Andrea Culpepper: threw the discus for a distance of 93'5

- Shanae Tate: finished third in the shot put with a distance of 34'2

Coach Harris said he's expecting big things from the Lady Dogs next season. The team is losing only two seniors - both discus throwers. Also, he's working to develop a program that encourages the team members to run all year, not just during the February to May track season.

"I personally have high expectations for the current group of sophomores and juniors, which will be entering their third year running under the program we are still establishing," he said in an e-mail. "Both the girls and coaching staff are motivated to keep working hard as we attempt to win region."

Web posted on Thursday, May 14, 2009

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