A little rain never hurt anybody. At least that’s the way the Jefferson track and field teams looked at it.
With steady showers drenching Memorial Stadium Friday, both the Dragons and Lady Dragons put the finishing touches on a pair of region titles on the second and final day of the Region 8-AA meets.
The Jefferson boys won four more events Friday to finish with 192 points, easily distancing themselves from second-place Riverside Military Academy (121). Jefferson also earned 12 qualifying spots on Friday for the upcoming sectionals.
“It was a great day,” boys’ coach Tim Corbett said. “The kids did well in these conditions. I mean, it’s terrible. But at this time of year, you hate to put things off because your window of opportunity gets smaller and smaller ... Everybody's got to gear it up and get it done, so we said let's just do it."
The Dragons’ Friday showing followed a Wednesday performance during which the Dragons won three events and earned 11 qualifying spots for sectionals, tallying 89 points on the first day.
On the girls’ side, Jefferson finished with 189 points to secure back-to-back region titles for the first time since 1984-1985. The Lady Dragons finished well ahead of second-place Rabun County (114 points).
This wasn’t the first time Jefferson has had to run in the rain, girls’ coach Chad Cheatham pointed out.
“It was kind of like the state meet last year,” he said. “We seem to run better in these kinds of conditions. Our kids are tough and we teach that.”
The Lady Dragons won three events Friday and earned 12 qualifying spots for sectionals. That came after winning two events Wednesday and qualifying nine athletes in seven different events for sectionals. Jefferson finished with 84 points on day one.
All sectional qualifiers will compete April 26 at Greater Atlanta Christian.
For complete coverage of this event, see the April 23 edition of The Jackson Herald.
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