By Thomas Sellers Jr.
George Odum wore the black and gold colors of Millington Central High School at last year’s Spring Fling.
Odum concluded his junior year with medals in the Triple Jump and 200m at the Class 3A State Track Meet in Murfreesboro. Now a senior, Odum and the coaches of the Millington Track team want to have several representatives at the final meet this May.
Millington Head Coach Jonathan Edwards said last season’s standout Odum is looking solid already in March.
“I think he’s progressing pretty well based on times and workouts,” he said. “He’s doing pretty well. I would like to see him maybe do some individual running events up there. He could possibly be a part of one relay team.
“I’m hoping his success rubs off on some of the others,” Edwards continued. “Garcia is looking pretty good. JP looks like he’ll probably be a valuable asset. Earl King is kind of new and is showing some promise. Chris Sanders, who also played football, is looking pretty good.”
Several of the gridiron Trojans have come out this spring for the track team. LaKeron Garcia was the leading receiver for Millington this past season in the team’s first year in the Spread offense.
Jonathan “JP” Patterson was one of the leading tacklers for the Trojans from the linebacker and safety positions. Both players had notable lateral and up-the-field speed Edwards wants to utilize in sprints and relay events.
King played in the Millington secondary and Sanders was a slot receiver for the Trojans. Sanders and King will be featured in sprints as well.
“I think we’ll be OK overall,” Edwards said. “We have something to look at and work with. We’ll match it all up.”
On the girls’ side, there are two-sport athletes like Kendra Richardson and Tiara Caldwell on the nearly 20-girl roster. Both Richardson and Caldwell were a big part of the District 14-3A championship basketball team for Millington.
“I think the girls will be real strong if they stick with it,” Edwards said. “Today I saw Tiara Caldwell. She’s always been a very good athlete, but we could never keep her out because of AAU basketball. This year she’s already signed a college scholarship.
“If she stays out and Kendra stays out, then there are a couple of other young ladies out there that look like they could really do something,” he added. “All of them will be tough to deal with.”
Richardson, a junior, had a solid freshman campaign reaching Sectionals. Her abilities could be used in springs and jumping events.
“If everything goes to plan, we should have at least a couple of relays at State,” Edwards said. “And hopefully some guys and girls in individual events, even some jumping events. George last year could have easily qualified in the 100m. But we put him in a relay during the Sectionals.
“Last year he could have easily qualified in the Triple Jump, 200m and 100m,” he concluded. “He could do long jump.”