May 7th, 2014
Quicksilver athletes recently competed, and had a great showing at the Georgia Girls State meet that was held in Albany, GA from May 1st to May 3rd. Nicole Teague claimed the 2A state
title in the Triple Jump. She was also runner up in the Long Jump. Mia Phillips, of Westlake High School was part of the relay team that claimed a state title in the 4×100 relay. Mia Phillips and Christiana Thompson were both a part of Westlake’s Girls team which claimed the GHSA 2014 Girls team title. Tatyana Hodnett, of Tri-Cities High, who was region champ in the 800 and 1600 meter run, garnered a runner-up finish at the GHSA Girls state T&F meet. Jhordynn Datcher, of New Manchester was apart of 4×100 meter relay that finished 3rd place at the State meet. Complete results of the meet can be accessed: here. Congratulations to all these athletes on a successful 2014 High School Track & Field season.
After enjoying a successful campaign throughout the past 3 years competing in the jumps amongst the world ranks – which include a Gold medal in both the World Championships and 2012 Olympic Games – QTC alum Christian Taylor took on a new task for the 2014 season: achieving success in another event, the 400 meters. After opening up his 2014 season 400 meter campaign with an exciting 4×400 relay leg at the Florida Relays, Christian then went on to hold his own, clocking a personal best of 45.17 out of an outside lane, in a Drake Relays star studded race – which included Kirani James (Reigning Olympic Gold Medalist in 400 meters) and Lashawn Merritt (2008 Olympic Gold Medalist in 400 meters). Taylor is now ranked number 2 in the USA in the 400 meters. Christian recently announced via his Facebook page, that he has been selected to represent Team USA as a member on the 4×400 relays, at the 2014 IAAF World Relays to be held in the Bahamas.
Some Quicksilver alumni who are current collegiate athletes also posted great performance this past weekend. Kenneth Fisher, during his time under the guidance and support of the Quicksilver coaching staff and family, was USATF National Champion in the Long Jump, and GHSA State Champion in the Long Jump. Fisher is currently a freshman student-athlete at Bethune Cookman University. This past weekend he competed at the MEAC Conference Championships. Despite being a freshman in a loaded Long Jump field, Fisher completed the day as the MEAC Conference Champion in the Long Jump. His Long Jump mark of 25 feet 6.25 inches ranks him as the number 1 freshman in the NCAA and 12 ranked overall. Fisher also finished the meet, just missing the podium with a 4th place finish in the Triple Jump with a mark of 49 feet 8 inches. With the help of Fisher’s solid points, Bethune Cookman captured the MEAC Conference Outdoor T&F Mens Team Title for the first time in school history. You can read more about Fisher, Bethune Cookman, and their feat: here. Quicksilver Alumni and USATF All American, Charles Robinson, placed third at the CIAA Conference Championships with a time of 47.26 in the 400 meter run . Robinson is currently a Junior at Virginia State University. Kaitlyn Taylor, Sophmore at Jacksonville University will be gearing up to compete at the Atlantic Sun Outdoor Track & Field Conference Championships on May 16th to May 17th. Kaitlyn, an alumni of Quicksilver is currently ranked 3rd and 4th place in the Atlantic Sun Conference in the Long Jump and Triple Jump respectively.
This weekend (May 8th – 10th), our boys will be at Jefferson, GA to compete at the GHSA State Track & Field meet. Quicksilver athletes that will be competing at the state meet this weekend are as follows:
- Isiah Williams, of Tri Cities High School, 400 meters.
- Tanner Riddle, North Forsyth High School – 100 meter hurdles, High Jump
- Lasheon Strozier, Lithia Springs High School – 200 meter dash, Long Jump, Triple Jump.
- Denzel Harper, Stephenson High School – 110 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, Long Jump, 4×100 meter relay, 4×400 meter relay
- Khalfani Green, Benjamin E. Mays High School – 800 meter dash
- Rickey Waddell, North Atlanta High School – 300 meter hurdles
- Terrance Jenkins, New Manchester High School – 110 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, 4×100 meter relay, 4×400 meter relay
Lesheon Strozier currently sits atop the state rankings in the Triple Jump. Terrance Jenkins is ranked number one in both 110 meter hurdles, and 300 meter hurdles. A meet preview article was written, and several of our athletes were spotlighted. This can be found: here. Live results from the Boys State meet can be found: here. A live stream for the GHSA Boys State meet can be accessed: here. GHSA Media Book with Competitor names can be located: here
The Quicksilver summer track season is picking up pace and we advise all High School students to communicate with respective QTC coaches regarding their practice schedules. The Area meet is on June 7th, and is a mandatory meet for all Quicksilver summer track participants. The Quicksilver Track Club summer schedule can be found: here. Schedule is subject to change, and any change will be communicated to all. Reminder that new and returning athletes are responsible for purchasing their competition uniform. Please visit http://www.gablesportsga.com/playerpak-quicksilvertrack to make your purchase. The cut off dates for your uniform orders are May 5th and May 20th.
– The May 5th date will ensure that your child will have their gear before the first meet on May 24, 25.
– The May 20th date will ensure that your child will have their gear before the first USATF Meet on June 7th.