JEFFERSON -- The Heritage boys track and field team made statewide headlines at last weekend's state track and field meet. Led by individual champion Myles Hunter, the Patriots finished seventh in Class AAAAA meet at Memorial Stadium in Jefferson.
Hunter won the state championship in the 110-meter hurdles, running in 14.71. It was the first individual state title for Heritage since Chris Jackson, and Hunter's efforts helped the Patriots, who brought just six athletes to Jefferson, to the highest finish in the program's history.
"I'm especially proud of Myles," Heritage coach Jeremy Easley said. "I had Myles my first year at Heritage; he was a 10th-grader. He just wants to work hard. Through his hard work, he's definitely got what he deserved. Definitely happy about that."
Hunter also placed fourth in the 300-hurdles (39.14), while Dayo Akindeli was fourth in the long jump at 21-03 and the 1,600 relay team of Hunter, C.J. Stone, Malik McCrary and Kimari Neal finished ninth.
"That's the best finish we've ever had, as a team in school history (and) we took six kids, so that's pretty good," Easley said. "Extremely happy, just how they pulled together. We were missing some guys on the boys side of the track (in 2013). I was extremely happy how they competed, how they pulled through the season.
Heritage, like all teams at the state meet, had to deal with wind and rain throughout the day.
"The weather was absolutely horrible; it was just a hard thing to put up with to try and get the guys motivated, but they did pretty good on their own," Easley said. "Just seeing them go out there, even though it was raining and it was cold; they had plenty of opportunity to quit. But I think they all knew this is the state title, this is what we've been working for."