Update: McKinney finished 4th in the long jump at the state tournament on Friday. He also placed 6th in the 300 hurdles.
On Saturday, the women's 4x100 relay team finished first in the state and broke a new school record with a time of 48.70. Congratulations to all of our state participants!
Road to State
For the seventh year in a row, CJ outdoor track and field participants qualified for the state championships. The competition was Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6 at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State University.
“This is a fun group,” said Coach Jerry Puckett about the return to state. “These individuals have worked really hard and here we are.”
Many of the students representing CJ were not only returning to the outdoor state championship for at least the second year in a row, but many qualified to participate in the indoor track and field championship during the winter season.
“I went to state the last two years and this year, I’m excited to watch my teammates,” said Faith White ’15, who went to the state championship as an alternate. “I have seen my teammates grow and it will be fun to cheer them on.”
“It feels amazing to go to state again,” Kyle McKinney ’15 said. “I want to do better than last year so I’m looking forward to competing.”
McKinney participated in the long jump, which he finished second in the state during the indoor season, and the 300 hurdles. Dejah Gilliam ’15, Jasmyne Shaw ‘15, Danielle Lewis ’17 and Lauren Pegues ’17 represented CJ in the 4x100 relay, the fourth year in a row the school has had participants in that race. Gilliam also competed in the 100 meter dash.
Puckett said while he’s already outlining the team’s goals for next year, he will miss the impact the outgoing seniors have made on the team.
“What I’ll miss about Kyle is that you can’t work him hard enough and how the girls have put in the hard work and dedication, which is paying off,” said Puckett.
“I want the underclassmen to work hard and have fun, but also stay dedicated and not give up too easily,” McKinney reflected. “When you fail you can learn from your failures, and that can be motivation for them later on.”