Drones falls short in preliminaries
by Tribune staff reports
May 10, 2014 04:00 AM | 1080 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Woodstock’s Kylon Drones won’t be able to achieve his goal of placing in each of the three events that he qualified for in the Class AAAAAA track and field state championships.

Drones, who placed eighth in the triple jump Thursday, attempted to qualify for the finals in the 110 and 300 hurdles Friday, but he came up short in both.

In the 110 preliminaries, Drones finished 11th overall and fifth in his heat with a time of 14.6 seconds. The top two times in each qualifying heat advanced to the finals, as did the four fastest times after that.

In the 300, Drones was the final runner to cross the line in his heat. His time of 40.55 put him ahead of only one other competitor, Etowah’s Ryan Beachem, who crossed the line in 41.17 seconds.

Not all was lost for local runners, however, as Woodstock’s Owen Bailey and Sequoyah’s Christopher Costa both placed in the 3,200.

Bailey finished eighth in the Class AAAAAA competition, crossing the line in 9:34.43. The winner was a Region 5AAAAAA rival of Bailey’s, Walton’s Kenan Farmer (9:15.90).

In the Class AAAAA race, Costa finished eighth in 9:50.66, behind the pace set by the champion — and a Region 7AAAAA rival — Kell’s Logan Poteet (9:23.17).
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