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Determined Ferguson wins hurdles title

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Jonesboro senior Taurean Ferguson ended his track career with a Class AAAA championship in the 300-meter hurdles last weekend in Jefferson.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Jonesboro senior Taurean Ferguson ended his track career with a Class AAAA championship in the 300-meter hurdles last weekend in Jefferson.

JONESBORO — It was Taurean Ferguson’s last shot.

Championship or bust for the Jonesboro senior as the rain begin to fall on the track at Memorial Stadium in Jefferson. Ferguson’s last track competition as he will concentrate on football at Vanderbilt this coming fall.

Ferguson had already seen one opportunity lost in the 110-meter hurdles as he finished second.

But this time, there was no denying his determination.

It wasn’t his best time, but likely his best effort as Ferguson won the 300 hurdles at last weekend’s Class AAAA meet. He had a time of 39.16 seconds for the win.

“It was a great win,” Ferguson said. “I can’t really put it into words. I finally got my state title. I’m very happy.”

He was the only track and field participant from the county to take home a first place medal during the three-day meet.

At the start of the raining day, Ferguson had hoped to leave Memorial Stadium with two gold medals. He was seeded first in both hurdles events.

He led most of the way in the 110 hurdles but couldn’t sustain the lead as Jackie Childs of Westover took first at 14.63 seconds. Ferguson was second with a time of 14.94 seconds.

“He got me in that one,” Ferguson said. “We were bumping each other on the hurdles, and he got the best of me.”

But the 300 hurdles was going to be a different story.

“It was my last shot,” Ferguson said. “It was my last time running the hurdles and I was determined.”

Ferguson said the steady downpour at the meet had no effect

“I wasn’t concerned with the rain,” he said. “I just wanted to win. I wasn’t going to let anything stop me.”

Teammate Thadeus Mitchell finished eighth in the 800 with a time of 2:11 as the only Cardinals placer at state.

Marquett Simmons of Mount Zion placed in the 100 with of time of 10.99 for sixth. The junior also had a tme of 22.3 for a second place finish in the 200 event.