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BOYS TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Ayrian Evans

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Former Morrow sprinter Ayrian Evans won the 200-meters at the Class AAAA championships last month in Jefferson. He will run for the University of Georgia this coming school year.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Former Morrow sprinter Ayrian Evans won the 200-meters at the Class AAAA championships last month in Jefferson. He will run for the University of Georgia this coming school year.

There is no doubt that Ayrian Evans is an accomplished 400-meters runner.

Unfortunately, a leg injury in the Region 4-AAAA Championship prevented him from qualifying for the event at state.

No problem.

The Morrow senior just turned to his second-favorite event — the 200 meters — for some success.

Evans, a Georgia signee, won his first high school state title in the 200 with a time of 21.19 seconds, just five-hundredths of a second shy of breaking the classification’s record.

“I was real close,” Evans said. “After not being able to run the 400, I really wanted that record in the 200.”

Five others

• Taurean Ferguson, Jonesboro: The junior won the Clayton County Championships in the 110 and 300 hurdles event. He was also Region 4-AAAA champion in both this past season. The two-sport standout, who has committed to play football at Vanderbilt, was third in the 300 hurdles and second in the 110 event at state.

• Shawayne Lawrence, Eagle’s Landing: The junior had a throw of 52 feet, 8.5 inches to place second in Class AAA in the shot put. He was third with a throw of 157-4 in the discus at state. Lawrence won the Region 4-AAA title in the shot put and was second in the discus. He also placed first in both events at the Henry County Championships this season.

• DeAndre McBride, Drew: The senior placed second at the Class AAA meet in the 200 meters with a time of 21.56 seconds. He had a personal-best time of 47.94 to place second in the 400 event at state. He won the Region 4-AAA title in the 400 and was second in the 200. McBride was also a member of the school’s 400 relay team that at one point had one of the fastest times in the country.

• Seth Moore, Eagle’s Landing Christian: The senior was second in the Class A in the 400 after having the top qualifying time in the preliminaries. He placed first at the Class A West Sectionals after winning the Region 5-A title. He was also a member of ELCA’s 400 relay team that won the state title.

• Tadashi Pinder, Luella: It was a breakout season for the senior as he won both the Henry County and Region 2-AAAAA Championships in the 100 and 200 meters this season. He placed second in the 100 at the AAAAA state meet and was fourth in the 200 event at state. During the season, he had a time of 10.51 in the 100, which was the fourth-fastest time in the state.