MAGGIE Newman, who established herself as one of the top discus competitors in the state this past year, will become the first female athlete in Jefferson school history to go on to college as a thrower.
The recent high school graduate signed a track and field scholarship with Brenau University last week after specializing in the discus and shot put during her high school career.
Jefferson athletic director Tim Corbett, who has watched Newman compete since middle school, pointed to her talent but also praised her intangibles.
“She’s one of those blue collar/backbone-of-your-program kind of kids,” Corbett said. “She has been with us for a while. She is a solid student. She is even more so a solid citizen.”
Newman is the fourth athlete in the Jefferson track program — boys’ and girls’ teams combined — to sign with a college this year.
Newman, the Region 8-AA girls’ discus champion, placed third in the discus Class AA at the girls’ state meet in Albany in early May with a throw of 102-11, marking the best finish for any Lady Dragon athlete at state this year.
Her career-best distance in the discus is 104-5, which she accomplished at the Region 8-AA meet in April.
Newman also qualified for the state sectionals this past year in the shot put with a throw of 29-2.5 at the Region 8-AA meet. Her career-best mark in the shot put is 31-4.5.
“She’s going to be tough to replace in so many ways with her leadership of the other kids,” said Corbett, who noted that Newman always lent a helping hand during the hosting of the state track meet. “She’s hopefully rubbed off on them a lot.”
Newman is headed to a rather new, but successful Brenau track and field program. The Lady Golden Tigers have won two Southern States Athletic Conference titles despite the program having only been in existence for two years.