By Jeffery Armstrong
Morrow boys track and field head coach Sam Pennypacker believes his county champion Mustangs will make some noise in the boys' state AAAAA meet this weekend in Jefferson.
Morrow qualified eight runners and an alternate for the state meet, which the Mustangs will attend on Friday, May 16, since they didn't qualify anyone for the Thursday field events. All eight runners will compete on the relay teams.
"I think we can probably make the top six in both the 4x1 and the 4x4," said Pennypacker. "We're looking pretty good right now."
The state qualifiers for Morrow in the 4x100 relay are Lawrence Jackson, Jeremy Majors, Brandon Morris and Brannon Jones. The state qualifiers in the 4x400 are Mario Williams, Derrick Miller, Majors and Jackson. Michael Proctor is the alternate in the 4x400.
Jackson, a senior, will be very busy Friday.
Not only will he run both relay races, he will also compete in the 200-meter dash and the 400 meter dash. Jackson won the Region 2-AAAAA title in the 400 and was second in the region in the 200 earlier this year.
Last year, Jackson finished second in the state in the 400 to Wheeler's Reggie Witherspoon, one of the fastest runners in the nation.
"Witherspoon is one of the best runners around, but you can't count out Lawrence in the 400," Pennypacker said. "Lawrence is definitely looking forward to another top finish in the state 400 meters."
Pennypacker said Wednesday's rain didn't affect his team very much. The coach gathered his team in the school library and did some sprint drills in the hallway. He said they got most of their hard work done during practice Monday and Tuesday.
Today, the team will work on the technical part of relay races, especially the baton handoffs from one runner to the next.