Walk to State: Indoor Track and Field

On Thursday, March 2, ten indoor track and field members didn't sprint, but rather walked, as the CJ community cheered them on ahead of the state championships. For several state qualifiers, this was their first trip to the state finals.

"It’s exciting for them, but it’ll be nerve wracking," men's and women's track and field head coach Jerry Puckett predicted prior to the event. "They are all very talented."

"I’m excited to compete," said first-time participant Jumarion Wills '17 before the competition. "It’ll be a new experience for me and I’m ready to do my best."

Lauren Pegues '17 and Danielle Lewis '17, who have been to state championships for indoor and outdoor track before, were excited about the trip to state as well and reflected about being leaders to the underclassmen.

"The freshmen are very talented and make us work," Pegues said. "They pushed us to make us better."

Lewis added, "We tried to lead by example and show them by our actions."

"I’m happy for the seniors," Puckett noted. "The team has gotten better and better, and the future looks good."


At the championships, the Eagles placed as follows:

  • Jack Dalton '17 was fifth in the 1600m (4:26.01);
  • The men's 4x200 (Donnie Stevenson '18, Wills, Jance Peters '19, Calvin Hatcher '20) was 12th (1:34.43);
  • The women's 4x200 (Imani Wortham '20, Meyah Haywood '20, Julia DiLoreto '20, Pegues) was third (1:44.73);
  • Wortham ran her fastest time in the 60m (8.10); and,
  • and DiLoreto ran in the 400m (1:01.68).

Congratulations to all participants!

Posted March 8, 2017