BROOKLET — With the biggest Derrick Plankenhorn Invitational in school history in the books, the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets have their mind set on finishing strong.
The boys got a confidence boost after finishing third out of 22 teams Wednesday afternoon. Southeast Bulloch track coach Jeremy Gantt said the team is a little light on speed this year, but have capable senior leaders to step up this season.
“We have a couple of seniors that have been doing this all four years and have come up through our middle school program. Cecil McCollum and Ladarion Fonseca are two guys that have been around for the long hall. They’ve seen success and having those two guys [on the team] pushing the other guys really helps the younger guys. It’s a tremendous help,” Gantt said.
SEB boys had a strong showing in the long jump, discus and pole vault events. Coach Gantt said every meet the team will try to continue to improve.
It will be a tough road ahead as the Yellow Jackets prepare for Statesboro High School Relays—scheduled for April 9. Then, April 18 SEB heads to region qualifying action.
SEB girls track coach Jolie Britt said this will be a rebuilding year, due to a considerable number of young and inexperienced track and field athletes.
“As a whole, our whole team has improved. I keep a board that shows each week’s marks and they look at that. We have a young team and so therefore a lot of learning has happened this year,” Britt said. “I have a few out here that have never participated in track and so that’s a brand new thing for them. They have to work hard and learn how to actually run. It’s a building year for us, and hopefully by region we will be ready.”
Britt said she expects her team to compete and have a solid performance in Regionals.
Horace Holloman may be reached at (912) 489-9408.