The Rockdale Parks and Recreation Southeast Striders Track and Field Club will send 10 young athletes to the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association State track and field championships in Augusta on May 3 and 4.
These athletes placed in the top three in their individual age group events at the GRPA district championships at Monroe High School on April 20.
Track stand-out Jallah Galimah, 13, will lead the Striders in the 800 and 1600 meter runs. Galimah is a multi GRPA Hershey district, state and national champion and holds age group records in both the 800 and 1600 meters for the past 5 years. His best times this season for the 800 was 2:12.97 and in the 1600 4:55.90. He also took first in both at district.
Also having strong performances in the district meet were the following athletes, who will all compete at the state competition in Augusta:
Reece Burton Age 12 800 meter- 2nd place
Patrick Murray Age 11 400 meter – 3rd place
Jaylen Banner Age 12 Softball throw – 1st place
Rebekah Crumbley Age 13 Softball throw- 1st place
Aliyah Williams Age 11 Standing long jump – 2nd place
Summer Holtz Age 11 400 meter – 3rd place
Dominique Radney Age 9 Standing long jump – 2nd place
Sydney Bunkley Age 9 50 meter and standing long jump- 1st place, 100 meter dash – 3rd place
Cynia Hines Age 7 50 meter dash – 1st place
Coaching staff for this championship team are: BJ Kennedy – Head Coach; Rick Crumbley –Asst. Coach; Ben Kennedy – Asst. Coach; Eric Barnes – Asst. Coach; Angelynn Kennedy – Asst. Coach; Ladale West – Asst. Coach and Tracy Scott – Asst. Coach.