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Panthers post number of strong performances

LANETT — The Lanett High School track and field team traveled across state lines this past weekend to compete at the Carrollton (Ga.) Invitational.

It was the Panthers’ fourth meet of the 2018 season.

Senior Braylon Harrington paced Lanett at the Carrollton Invite. He scored points in his two signature events: the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles.

Harrington placed fourth in 110 hurdles with a time of 15.42 seconds and placed seventh in the 300 hurdles with a time of 41.47 seconds. Both performances set new personal bests.

“He’s right on mark,” Lanett head coach Terrance Price said. “He kind of picked right up where he finished the season last year. We’re real pleased about that.”

Last spring, Harrington was the Class 2A state runner-up in the 110 hurdles. He finished behind Reeltown’s Eric Shaw, who currently owns the state’s top times in both hurdle events. Harrington ranks second.

“I think he has a chance to win state,” Price said. “That’s his goal, so he’s working really hard to do that.”

Another Panther with gold-medal potential is sophomore Zameron Boozer.

He cleared 5 feet, 10 inches in the high jump to tie for second at the Carrollton Invite. His clearance was the latest in a sequence of strong performances. Earlier in the season, he cleared 6 feet, which is the top mark in 2A.

“This is actually his first time participating in track and field,” Price said. “Eventually, he’ll become a consistent 6-feet high jumper. He has a lot of time to improve if he stays with the sport.”

JaWon Howell has stuck with track and field, and his dedication has paid off this spring.

The senior captured a 10th-place finish in the 400-meter run at the Carrollton Invite with a time of 52.11 seconds.

Earlier in the season, he recorded personal-best times in the 400 meters (51.96) and 200 meters (23.01).

Both rank among the top in the state.

“He’s always run a good 400 and a good 200, but he’s come back this year really fast,” Price said. “He’s about a full second faster than what he was this time last year. I’m really proud of what he’s doing.”

R’Tianna Oneal also secured a 10th-place finish in her top event in Carrollton. She achieved a distance of 28-4 in the shot put.

Overall, Price said he was satisfied with how his team performed at the meet.

“I’m really proud of what the kids have accomplished so far,” he said. “We just hope that they can get better. If they get better from where they are, I think we’ll be in a good position to compete against LaFayette at sectionals.”

Lanett will return to action on April 3  at the MCSD Meet in Columbus.

TRACK AND FIELD NOTES

The Valley High School track and field team also competed at the Carrollton Invite.

Only one Ram, freshman Jacquez Trammel, secured a top 10 finish. He cleared 5-10 in the high jump and placed fourth.