The chart above represents generally accepted prep-level track & field standards for common events. Each level represents the typical standard for an athlete to be competitive. Bronze represents the district level. Silver represents the regional level. Gold represents the state level. Platinum represents the national level. Each district, region and state are not the same competitively, therefore an athlete meeting a silver standard may not even make it out of districts if multiple athletes in the district are performing at the silver or gold level.
It took over 30 years for Jack Lanier's mile record to be broke at Robert E. Lee High School, and the new record set last season by Rayford James has already fallen. On Saturday afternoon junior Dominic Williams made a statement in the closing 100 meters, passing Wolfson's Conner Vaughn to win the Siplin 1600m race at the Bob Hayes Invitational. The new record of 4:17.29 surpasses James' time by over a second. Asked about his feelings on Williams breaking his record James stated, "It's good to see the record belong to a miler rather than an 800m runner. Records were meant to be broken."
Freshman Lindsey Vansant continued to take over the Generals distance record charts capturing the 3200m record with a 13:00.35. Vansant also ran exceptional in the 1600m, barely missing the record with a 5:42.20. Two other distance runners made a push for the girls 800m record, sophomore Kailyn Gillespie and senior Brenee Cummings each finished about a second behind Lashaun William's 2:43.31 school record set in 2012.
Not to be out done, senior Ruby Nwuabube closed to about a half-second behind 2006 standout sprinter Louella Clark's 200m school record, posting her person best 25.69.
Senior Rayford James traveled to the Golden South Classic this past weekend looking to improve on his school record 800m time before graduation. James met his goal posting a personal best 1:52.7 in the 800m race and finishing 3rd overall. James accomplishment qualifies him for the New Balance National Championships where he is look
Senior Rayford James' performance at the FHSAA 3A State Championships this past weekend in the 800m has him ranked nationally according to DyeStat. James finished 3rd place in the 800m with a time of 1:53.57 for the 42nd fastest time ran by a high school runner in the United States. Quite the accomplishment considering over 500,000 high school boys compete in track and field nation wide each season according to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
Congratulations to the Generals competing in the FHSAA Track and Field State Championships this past weekend. Competing for the Generals were Antwoinisha Bryant, Brenee Cummings, Arissa Capers, Jayla Garner, Ruby Nwaebobe, and Rayford James. The 4x100 meter team (Bryant, Cummings, Capers and Garner) started things off with a stellar performance finishing 10th overall. The relay team will return all of their runners next season. Junior Ruby Nwaebobe followed up in the 200m missing the Finals by less than three-tenths of a second, finishing 13th overall in the state. Senior Rayford James scratched from the 1600m to focus on the 800m race. James' gamble paid off in the 800m as he shattered the previous school record by just under two seconds, posting a 1:53.57 finish. The previous record was set last season by Dwayne Edwards at 1:55.14. This marks two distance records James has taken down this season. James broke the Jack Lanier's 45-year old record earlier this year posting a 4:19.64 in the 1600m. James improved that record at the FHSAA 3A Region 1 Championships with a 4:18.83.
Junior Ruby Nwaebube will be headed to the FHSAA Class 3A State Championships. Nwaebube competed in the 4x100m and 200m this past Thursday at the Class 3A Region 1 Championships. The Lady Generals 4x100m relay team finished 4th with a 49.14. Nwaebube finished 2nd in the 200m with a 25.36. State Championships will be held at UNF on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3. Come out and support Ruby Nwaebube and the Lady Generals!
Senior Rayford James will be headed to the FHSAA Class 3A State Championships. James competed in the 1600m and 800m this past Thursday at the Class 3A Region 1 Championships. James finished 4th in the 1600m with a 4:18.83 and 2nd in the 800m with a 1:56.37. State Championships will be held at UNF on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3. Come out and support Rayford James!