MY TWO CENTS
Future bright for girls track team
I don't want to put any pressure on Clay County Track & Field Coach Charles Doll and his young Lady Tigers team, but he has the makings of a state contender within two or three seasons. That is IF the sophomore, freshmen and the talented middle school and grade school youngsters stay with the sport.
Sophomores Kayla Swafford (800 meter dash & relays), who ran in the state meet last season, along with Beth Sester (long, triple and high jump) and Liberty Sizemore should be solid performers by the time they reach their senior season. Freshman Jenna Wilson has already etched her name in the Clay County record books with a jump of 31'9 1/2" in the triple jump. She also has potential to set records in the high jump as well as competing in running events.
Katie Smallwood, another talented freshman, ran the hurdles for the first time in Saturday's Appalachian Track Classic and did very well. She could push Wilson to get better in the high jump and the 1600 meter run. Lisa Parsley (Fr.) also has promise on the track. Susan Henson, just a sixth grader placed fourth in the 100 meter dash on Saturday. Already an All-SEKC Cross Country performer, Henson has a chance to be outstanding. Jordan Phillips, another sixth grader, competing in track for the first time, placed sixth in the 100 meter dash and also ran with her experienced teammates in several relays. And this was against high school competition.
Clay's future also looks bright with the likes of sixth graders Karrie Angel (long jump), Brittany Collins, Keasha Mathis, (both long distance runners) and 8th grader Erin Collins (discus and shot put). There are many other youngsters to watch for, including sprinters Bridgette Sizemore and Leslie Gibson (8th). Others that have a bright future are 6th grade sisters, Telisha (100 and 200 dash) and Qwashonda Copeland (shot put and discus); There are other youngsters that should get stronger and faster as time goes on and that could be trouble for Clay's opponents down he road.
The talented and experienced upper classmen (Amanda Campbell, Kathy Mathis, Arbanna Gibson, Krystal Hubbard, Alicia Jackson, Tabitha Morgan, Crystal Tyree and Tara Wright) of the Clay team will really help lay the groundwork for these youngsters future as they lead by example.