By Derrick Mahone
The windy, 54 degree weather might have bothered the other competitors during the preliminaries of the Clayton County Track and Field Championships, but Mount Zion distance runner Cameron Reeves considered it a beautiful day.
Reeves, a senior, won the 1,600 meters Monday at chilly Southern Crescent Stadium on the first day of the county championship. He had a time of five minutes, three seconds according to his coach Barry Howard.
"This was some excellent weather," Reeves said. "There was a cool breeze blowing. I like running when it is like this."
He will be hoping for some more cool weather on Wednesday when he tries to defend his county 3,200 championship. Last season at the county meet, Reeves said he caught a cramp in the 1,600 race, but still managed to finish third.
During Monday's 1,600, Reeves led the entire race. He said he set the tempo of the race to his likening, and that was the key to him winning.
"I had some competition, but I knew I was going to win," Reeves said. "I know it was the work that I put in. As a senior, I'm trying to leave my mark."
Reeves said he is trying to set a good example for his younger brother, Cory, who is a freshman distance running for the school. The elder Reeves has his sites set on Wednesday's 3,200 and the region championships.
Last season, he placed second in the 3,200 at region and was sixth in the 1,600. He placed 13th in the 3,200 at the Class AAAA meet in Jefferson last season.
"I'm hoping to do better this time," Reeves said. "We have a new training program for him," Howard said. "I think Mr. Reeves will do well. He ran an aggressive race. He runs well when he is out front. This race showed what kind of heart he has. He is just a fierce competitor."
The cool weather all good news for the Mount Zion track team.
Junior sprinter Quartterrio Morgan sustained a hamstring injurying during the meet's first qualifying event.
Morgan, who recently verbally accepted a football scholarship to Georgia Tech, pulled his hamstring running the third leg on the Bulldogs' 400 meters relay team.
Howard said Morgan should be back in four to six weeks. He said the standout 400 and 200 meters sprinter could be back in time for the Region 4-AAAA championships.
"He is definitely out of the county meet," Howard said.
"It didn't pop, but it was definitely a pull."