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Wildcats look strong on track
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Coach Levi Sybert is predicting a successful year for his Wildcat track and field team.
Last year, the team saw nine athletes earn the right to compete at state. This was highlighted by a second place state finish in the 800 meter race by Shaquille Walker. Walker, who is ranked seventh in the state for the 800, is one of many returning athletes this year.
Sybert was recently promoted to the head coach spot. New on board is Assistant Coach Jennifer Curry, who Sybert said has already proven to be a “tremendous asset” to the program.
The team lost Matt Gaddy and graduating senior David Cassidy, but promising senior newcomer Russell Lawless is helping to fill that gap. The rest of the crew that went to state in 2009 is back. This includes:
- Walker, a junior and defending 800 region champ, who has picked up where he left off.
- Senior Albert Reddick, who has started the season with a quarter of second from where he left off last year in the 400.
- Senior Janell McKinney, who is just catching up after finishing basketball. She has already begun the season with better times than last year.
- Sophomore Nikki Shields, who is performing near last year’s level and quickly improving.
“This is the easiest group to coach since I’ve been here,” Sybert said. “We’re off to a great start and I only look to improve as we get deeper into the season.”
Last week, RHHS finished second in a three-way meet, behind Brunswick and above Glynn Academy. The following recorded first place finishes: Shields (400), McKinney (800), Jade Parson (200), Amber Kasinger (high jump, shot put and discus), both the boys and girls 4x4 relay teams, Lawless (1600, 3200) and Walker (800).

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