Track takes on state

The Lonoke Jackrabbits take on state


Marquez Jackson Sr.

Marquez Jackson, Chauncey Johnson, Taylor Coffee

Callie Shelton , publisher

The Lonoke SH track team may be small, but the talent is all there. Chauncey Johnson, Marquez Jackson Jr, and Taylor Coffee all have been qualified to go to state finals. With a season of 6 meets, and only 2 months of practice, these boys have put in their all, and have achieved even greater. Such as Chauncey Johnson, who is a well known discus thrower with a PR distance of 48’8ft ¾ in. 

When asked about his motives behind his hard work he says, “My motivation is wanting to go out there and win events for the ribbons.

Taylor Coffee, a shot-put thrower, with a PR distance of 44.3ft, says that for state; “I am looking forward to experiencing what it’s like to compete at such a big sports event.” 

Both show their love for throwing and improving more on their health and strength. Not only do we have strong throwers on the SH team, but we also have very fast runners. Marquez Jackson Jr, is a sprinter with a PR of 54.19 in the 400m race. Several wonder why people join track. Jackson however knows exactly why he joined. 

 He says, “ I do it to basically prepare me for football.”.  Some others do it for a healthier oneself, or like Johsnon who says, “I joined track because I felt I could be good at it if I took time to steadily improve at it. ”. Track is a very mental sport, just as it is physical. 

When asked about why they do track, and their motives for racing, Jackson had a few words regarding his motivation, “winning…I love to win”. 

Like all track athletes, they are working to get better not only this, but to have fun. Marquez Jackson jr. says , “If you want to join go for it, its fun.” 

With their strong dedication to the events they love, they get to go even further in pursuing their dreams to qualify for state and by having a win in sight. On Tuesday, May 2, help wish them good luck as they compete for the top!