Creekside Boys Track has had a great season, with athletes qualifying for the state meet in Triple Jump, 100m dash, 200m dash, 400m dash, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay. Jumper Jordon Hoyer competes today and is hoping for a competitive showing in what has been his strongest year in the program. Jordan Purnell has also been with the team since 9th grade and has qualified in the relays and 400m dash. He said that competing in multiple events is a challenge, but you just have to “burn it out.”
Jordan’s 4×100 teammates are ready to run under 42 seconds. However, they all reminisced about not making the relay team as freshmen when the senior sprinters of 2014 were state champs. Creekside’s current fastest man, Shannon Carter, and first leg, Dane Dowell, laughed while explaining that they got cut. That’s not the case now, as Dane hands off to Shannon to give the team incredible starts. Kelvin Freeman anchors the team to finish strong. Both Kelvin and Shannon have signed to play college football next year, using track as a training tool. Of his recent success on the track, Shannon said, “It came out of nowhere. I was surprised, too.” We’re excited to see how he can surprise us again in the 100m and 200m dash.
Shannon and Jordan are joined on the 4x400m relay team by newcomers Sparticus Griffin and Devvion Mitchell. After finishing second in the region, their goal is to get to the top of the medal stand at state. We wish them the best as they continue to make strides with Tribe Pride!