Lovejoy junior Preston Williams, left, and senior Randy Anyanwu set county records in the field events at the county track and field meet. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)
Preston Williams just had that feeling, making his final jump in the Clayton County Track and Field Championships triple jump competition.
The junior’s hunch was correct.
With a leap of 48-feet, one inch, Williams set a new county mark at Twelve Oaks Stadium. He would follow that with a record jump of 24-2.5 in the long jump competition to become the only participant at the county championship to set two records.
Not to be outdone, his teammate, senior Randy Anyanwu had a throw of 156-1 to set a new mark in the discus event.
“I felt real confident after that last jump,” said Williams, one of the state’s top wide receiver prospects. “I’ve been working hard all year. All I had to do was just believe in myself and my ability.”
The triple jump record broke former North Clayton standout Morgan Burnett’s mark of 47-11 set at the 2006 county championship. Burnett, who also starred at Georgia Tech, is a starting defensive back for the Green Bay Packers.
“That was really special in breaking a record held by someone like Morgan Burnett,” Williams said. “I hope to some day meet him. He is a good athlete, so breaking that mark is really special.”
Anyanwu, who signed a football scholarship with Buffalo, was happy about his record-breaking performance. The shot put was his only event at the county meet.
“I felt good about it, but I know I can do better,” he said. “My aim was to go about 160, but I’m happy to get the record. I know I have some work to do, and I will get better.”
After spring break next week, Lovejoy will host the Region 2-AAAAAA Championship at Twelve Oaks Stadium on April 14-16. The pair will look to make it out of region to the Sectionals with a shot at the state meet next month in Jefferson.
Williams is confident the pair can do it.
“Our goal is to go to state and dominate there,” said Williams, who has committed to Tennessee. “If each of us win our event at state, that is 30 points for the team. We would have a good shot at winning state.”
The two teamed up this past fall to help Lovejoy win its fourth straight region football championship and advance to the second round of the state championship. Both were named to the all-county team by the Clayton News Daily and all-state by the Georgia Sportswriters Association.
Being a junior, Anyanwu is confident that Williams can break his mark next year at the county meet.
“It is a real good chance for him,” Anyanwu said. “It was great being able to set a mark with Preston the same year. I know he will do well next year.”