Kentrell Latimore, a senior on the Warren County track team, said he thought it would take a miracle for the Devils to win the state track meet at the end of the first day of events. Athens Christian Academy held a 32-point lead over second place Our Lady of Mercy. Warren County was a distant sixth and 37.5 points behind after only being able to get 14.5 points in the field events.
Coach Richard Arrington was more optimistic.
"I knew by looking at the region times that Athens Christian turned in, our best events were ahead of us," he said.
Coach Arrington's intuition proved correct. The Screaming Devils dominated the track events and came from behind to win the state title over Athens Christian by an 11.5 point margin. Warren County scored 56 points in the track events for a total of 70.5 points.
One key to Warren County's title was the performance of Latimore in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles. Latimore was projected to finish seventh or eighth based on the region meet times, but instead finished third. Latimore's third place finish garnered six points for the Devils.
The Devils were led by sophomore Coby Reynolds. Reynolds placed first in the 100-meter dash, and the 200-meter dash. Reynolds was also a member of the first place 400-meter relay team and the fifth place 1,600-meter relay team. Reynolds' efforts earned him second place in the individual competition for the high-point trophy behind Raymond Higgs of Athens Christian.
Individual results for Warren County were:
- First place: Reynolds in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash
- Second place: Antonio Benton in the 200-meter dash
- Third place: Benton in the 100-meter dash and the long jump; Latimore in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles; Jonathan Lewis in the discus
- Seventh place: Tay Erwin in the triple jump
- Eighth place: Latimore in the 110-meter high hurdles; Cornelius Pinkston in the 800-meter run; Erwin in the high jump
Relay event winners for Warren County were:
- First place: Latimore, Andrew Webb, Benton, Reynolds, Erwin, and Cornelius Pinkston in the 400-meter relay.
- Fifth place: Pinkston, Reynolds, Ricardo Jones, Latimore, Webb, and Benton in the 1,600-meter relay.
The Warren County Lady Devils begin their quest for a state track title Thursday in Albany, Ga. Head Coach Marleau Blount is excited about his team's chances this week
"All we have to do is to keep doing what we've been doing this year and we should finish very high," Coach Blount said.