For the second consecutive season, the Eagles women’s track team took home the Division II/III indoor track state championship at the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (OATCCC) meet March 17.
The CJ quintet of Cierra Brown ‘12, Alexandria Coleman ‘12, Camille Dickens ’12, Tia Jones ’13, and Devanae Mitchell ’13 combined to run away from the field with 64 points—18 better than the second place team. The girls followed up strong individual performances with the fastest foursome in the 800 meter relay to finish in first place amongst the 68-team field.
Highlights from the day at the University of Akron included:
the team of Brown, Coleman, Dickens and Mitchell turning in the fastest relay time at 1:45.22.
Brown setting the Ohio indoor state record in the triple jump with a mark of 39’-08.50”, breaking the previous record—her own from 2011—by more than one foot. The Purdue University signee also won the 60 meter hurdles event
and Mitchell repeating her first place long jump finish from a year ago with a mark of 17’-04.50”.
On the men’s side, the Eagles only competitor, Antwan Persons ’13, finished first in the long jump event with a mark of 22’-02” and earned 10 points.
“Winning an indoor track championship is tremendous in the sense that our team has got a jump on conditioning and technique for the spring,” said men's and women's head coach Jerry Puckett. That head start last season helped propel the Eagles to a GGCL title, a district championship, a second place regional finish and a state appearance—not to mention an individual men’s Division II 300 meter hurdles state champion.
“I expect our teams to go into the outdoor season and not miss a beat,” Puckett said.
In their first meet of the season March 24, the Eagles finished third (girls, 102 points) and tenth (boys, 27 points) at the Northmont Invitational. Event winners from CJ included girls Brown (100m hurdles, 300m hurdles); Dickens (triple jump); Jones (shot put); Mitchell (200m, long jump); and Persons in the boys long jump event.
DID YOU KNOW?
Women’s indoor track is the first athletic program in CJ history to win back-to-back state championships.
2011-2012 marks the third time two Eagles teams have won state championships in the same school year (2012 women’s indoor track and 2011 women’s golf). During the 2002-2003 school year, CJ's football and women's basketball teams won state titles, and Chaminade High School won basketball and baseball titles in 1970.