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Local Roundup: Blue Devil Smith claims state title

    The Statesboro boys track and field squad placed in six events, securing 38 points to finish fifth in the team competition at the Class AAAAA state championships Saturday in Jefferson. The overall finish was the highest for any Statesboro squad in over a decade.
    Senior sprinter Zaquavian Smith capped a sensational season — and overall career – turning in a time of 47.60 in the 400 meters to claim an individual state title and break his own school record. Smith also finished second in the 200 meters and helped the 4x100-meter relay team to a fifth place showing.
    Andreas Ward broke his own SHS record with a time of 14.33 seconds in the 110 meter high hurdles to place second in the state. Ward also finished second in the 300 meter hurdles, breaking a long-standing Blue Devil record with a time of 38.14 seconds.
    “This has been an outstanding season,” SHS coach Jake Collins said. “It really speaks a lot of the effort and competitiveness of our guys that they could come to the state meet and turn in personal bests.”
    The boys and girls state championships are now finished for 2014 and Bulloch County has a trio of individual champions to boast.
    In addition to Smith, Portal’s Uniqua Mosely won the 100-meter hurdles in the girls Class A meet and Southeast Bulloch’s Jasmine Roberts claimed the title in the Class AAA triple jump.
    See Tuesday's Statesboro Herald for more from Smith, Mosely and Roberts.

56 GSU athletes graduate
    The 2014 Georgia Southern University Spring Commencement Ceremony was held at Paulson Stadium on Saturday, and 56 student athletes walked in the graduation ceremony.
    “Being a student-athlete at Georgia Southern has helped me grow as a person and has taught me many life lessons,” tennis player Oliver Webb said. “Being an Eagle has truly been an honor and I am thankful for such a great opportunity.”
    Senior swimmer and 2014 Female Scholar Athlete of the Year Megan Ostrom said, “I would not trade the student-athlete experience for anything. The dedication and passion that we need to complete all four years is something that I will carry with me and apply to all aspects of my life. The tight bond that the student-athletes have is incredible. They turned into my second family and without them and their support, my four years at Georgia Southern would not have been the same.”

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