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Two area athletes, relay win state titles

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Union Grove's Jordan Moore went 14.38 seconds in the 110-meters hurdles to capture the Class AAAA title. He was one of top athletes from the Southern Crescent to win an individual state title at the recent boys' state meet in Jefferson.

Jeff Hurndon Photography Union Grove's Jordan Moore went 14.38 seconds in the 110-meters hurdles to capture the Class AAAA title. He was one of top athletes from the Southern Crescent to win an individual state title at the recent boys' state meet in Jefferson.

By Derrick Mahone

dmahone@news-daily.com

After three days of competition, the Southern Crescent produced two individual state champions, and a relay team that brought home the gold and countless other highlights from the boys' state track and field competition.

Tanner Rogers of Eagle's Landing Christian and Union Grove's Jordan Moore each won individual state championships. The Morrow 1,600-meters relay team captured a state title in Class AAAA to help the Mustangs to a sixth-place team finish.

Rogers, a Charleston Southern football signee, won the Class A shot put with a throw of 51 feet, 4.5 inches. It is the second straight year that an athlete from ELCA has won a state title.

Last season, Luke Baker captured the 3,200 event.

Moore had a time of 14.38 seconds to capture the Class AAAA 110 hurdles at Memorial Stadium in Jefferson.

The Morrow Mustangs 1,600 relay team had a time of 3:16.96 to win the AAAA title. When Adolphus Gray got the baton on the second leg, the Mustangs were in fifth place. When he handle it off to the next runner, the Mustangs were in first.

"It was an incredible race by all the runners," Morrow assistant coach Victor Stokes.

Morrow finished with 26 points, 10 points behind champion Clarke Central. The Mustangs got 16 points from junior sprinter Ayrian Evans, who finished second in both the 400 and 200 events.

"I learned a lot about Ayrian this past weekend," Stokes said. "He ran like he was going not only for the championship, but for the state record. He was disappointed, but he said he was going to get it all next year."

Eagle's Landing senior Zack Sims also had two second places finishes in the 1,600 and 3,200 races. He helped the Golden Eagles to a fourth place finish. Teammate Bailey Roth finished fourth in the 3,200 and was fifth in the 1,600 event.

Keanan Joyner, a senior at Eagle's Landing, finished fifth in the 800.

Drew finished a point behind Region 4-AAA rival Eagle's Landing for fifth place. The Titans were aided by junior Jadarius West, who was third in the 200 and fourth in the 100 events.

DeAndre McBride was third in the 400 and fifth in the 200. The two teamed to help the Titans finish third in the 400 relay and fifth in the 1,600 relay.

Stanley McLaughlin of Lovejoy finished second in the 300 hurdles and Mount Zion's Austin Smith was second in the long jump.