Local Track Athletes Prepare for State Meet

Panama City, FL----It's almost time for area prep track athletes to take their shots at medals at the State Finals Meet in Jacksonville. That meet is Saturday at the University of North Florida.

Count a prominent group of Bay County runners and jumpers among those heading east.

Among the competitors going to state are Bay's 4 by 400 girl's relay team, Walker, Hamilton, Williams, Russell.

There's Rutherford's 4 by 400 boy's team, Wyllie, Carr, Williams, Threatt, Harris.

Arnold has two distance runners hoping to medal in the 32 hundred meters, Mikayla Hodges and Micheala Ashley.

And two High Jumpers among that group, Bay's Na'Kiya Russell and Rutherford's Fester Little.

Rutherford's track coach, Tony Collier, spoke to us on behalf of this entire group representing our area.

"It's invaluable the opportunity that they get to go and be at a venue like the University of North Florida. They're running on a collegiate campus, they're running on a collegiate track. They're around the best competition in the state. It's just a great opportunity for them to get to showcase, and show what they've worked so hard for. Like I said we have a lot of seniors, what better opportunity for them to be on a college stage performing at the elite event of the year."

Here is the complete list of Arnold, Bay and Rutherford athletes competing in Jacksonville Saturday. The entire list of state entries can be found on the state's website FHSAA.org.

Event 7 Girls High Jump Varsity
38 Russell, Na'Kiya 12 Bay

Event 11 Girls Long Jump Varsity
5 Russell, Na'Kiya 12 Bay 17-07.50

Boys High Jump
2 Little, Fester 11 Rutherford 6-06.00

Event 31 Girls 4x400 Meter Relay Varsity
Saturday 4/27/2013 - 8:43 PM
Team Relay Seed Time
2 Bay A 3:56.01
1) 39 Walker, Shydria 9 2) 36 Hamilton, Deneca 10
3) 40 Williams, Nikesia 11 4) 38 Russell, Na'Kiya 12

Event 32 Boys 4x400 Meter Relay Varsity
Saturday 4/27/2013 - 8:53 PM
Team Relay Seed Time
4 Rutherford A 3:22.43
1) 545 Wyllie, Andrew 12 2) 540 Carr, Stephen 12
3) 544 Williams, Curtis 12 4) 543 Threatt, Javen 12
5) 541 Harris, Marcus 12

Event 39 Girls 3200 Meter Run Varsity
Saturday 4/27/2013 - 8:15 PM
Name Yr School Seed Time
5 22 Hodges, Mikayla 12 Arnold HS 11:34.15
14 21 Ashley, Michaela 9 Arnold HS 11:56.23