Drones, who is slated to compete in three events, competed in the triple jump. His mark of 45 feet 5 inches was good for eighth place. Shiloh’s Jeremy McDuffie was the event champion with a mark of 49 feet.
Drones will compete in the preliminaries for his other two events— the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles today in an attempt to qualify for Saturday’s finals.
Owen Bailey, the other Woodstock qualifier, placed ninth in his first event, the 1600 meters. He finihsed in 4 minutes 19.68 seconds — about 8 seconds behind Walton’s Kenan Farmer, who won the title. Bailey has been chasing Farmer throughout the season. Both competed in cross country in the fall and during the Region 5AAAAAA track and field meet earlier this spring where it was Farmer and Bailey at the front of the pack.
Bailey will get another chance to medal tonight when he lines up for the 3200 meters.
Woodstock track coach Kirk Scharich feels good about Owen’s chances in that race, but said there are a lot of good competitors.
“There are a lot of guys who could post low times,” Scharich said. “It will be another late race, so the heat shouldn’t be a factor.”
Meanwhile, Sequoyah’s Derrion Rakestraw came up just shy of the distances that he needed to place in the Class AAAAA long jump. Rakestraw’s first jump of 21 feet 2 inches was his best as he would commit fouls on four other attempts. Rakestraw finished ninth — just an inch shy of Kell’s Itabari Mason, who placed eighth. Stephenson’s Denzel Harper won the event with a mark of 23 feet.
Also competing in the state meet were Cherokee’s Travis Head and Andrew Harris. Head placed 13th in the shot put and Harris, who committed fouls in his final two long jump attempts, also took 13th.