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Morrow’s Evans wins state title

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Morrow senior Ayrian Evans won his first Georgia High School Association track title when he ran a 21.19 seconds to win the Class AAAA 200-meters last weekend in Jefferson.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Morrow senior Ayrian Evans won his first Georgia High School Association track title when he ran a 21.19 seconds to win the Class AAAA 200-meters last weekend in Jefferson.

Morrow’s Ayrian Evans’ favorite track event is the 400-meters race.

But after last weekend’s performance at the Class AAAA track and field championships at Memorial Stadium in Jefferson, the senior might want to switch.

The University of Georgia signee had a near record-breaking performance in the 200 as he won his first state championship. Evans had a time of 21.19 seconds in the 200, just five hundredths of a second shy of breaking the classification’s record.

“I’m happy with the way I ran,” Evans said. “It was good to see my work pay off.”

Evans had to settle for just running the 200 after not making it out of the region in the 400 because of a hamstring injury. During Region 4-AAAA qualifying three weeks ago at Twelve Oaks Stadium, he fell at the start after his hamstring tightened up.

He was able to recover to qualify in the 200.

“I put in a lot of work to get to this point,” Evans said.

He was the only individual state champion from the Southern Crescent at last weekend’s state meet.

The Eagle’s Landing Christian 400 relay team won the Class A title. The foursome of Timothy Holland, Bryson Durden, Seth Moore and Joe Walker had a time of 42.39 seconds for the win.

Its 1,600 relay was runner-up, while Moore was runner-up in the 400 event.

As a team, ELCA played sixth in Class A with 31 points.

Morrow was seventh in Class AAAA with 25 points. The Mustangs got points from its 400 relay team, which placed fourth and the 1,600 was third.

“I’m proud of my teammates,” Evans said. “It was a good meet for us.”

Also in AAAA, Taurean Ferguson of Jonesboro was second in the 110 hurdles (14.32) and third in the 300 hurdles (39.06). The junior has committed to play football at Vanderbilt.

“I’m pleased with my meet,” he said. “Obviously I wanted to win it, but I’m looking forward to training and going back next season.”

In Class AAA, Drew finished fourth as a team with 34 points as senior DeAndre McBride was runner-up in the 400 (47.94) and 200 (21.56) events. Both relay teams placed third.

Shawayne Lawrence of Eagle’s Landing was third in the discus (157-4) and second in the shot put (52-8.5) as the Golden Eagles placed 15th overall with 14 points.

Luella’s 400 relay team placed first in Class AAAAA with a time of 41.54 as sprinter Tadashi Pinder was runner-up in the 100 at 10.7 seconds. He had a time of 21.89 to finish runner-up in the 200 event.