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Charmaign Davis

Charmaign Davis

 

Ciarra Robinson

Ciarra Robinson

 

Caine Robinson

Caine Robinson

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

The area’s three track programs gathered underneath the sunny blue Flag City sky in the Millington Stadium for a meet.

The host Millington Trojans welcomed the Munford Cougars and Brighton Cardinals. Also in attendance were the Covington Chargers.

With hectic spring weather the meet on April 9 was a precious chance for athletes to sharpen skills and prove to coaches they have what it takes to reach the State Track Meet this May in Murfreesboro.

One athlete who has been on the brink the last three years is Brighton senior Charmaign Davis. Participating in track since the sixth grade, Davis entered the Cardinal program as a shot put and discus thrower.

Her best distance in the discus was 101 feet and she hit a mark of 35 feet in the shot put. This season Davis is hitting the gym more in order to reach her goal of State.

“I got a new trainer so that I can get trained everyday,” she said. “We work my legs out and then we work my arms out. That’s what I haven’t done in previous years. Having a trainer is going to help me get to State.”

After reaching Sub-State, Davis’ focus at meets is to beat the competition, get her technique better and reach the next level.

“It would mean a lot to make State,” she said. “It will make me feel like I’ve been doing better than my previous years. So good so far but I can shine like I want to because it’s been a lot of rain outs. So we haven’t had a lot of track meets.

“I use the step back in shot put and I use the spin I just learned,” Davis concluded. “He just taught me that a couple of days ago. So I’m about to use that in the discus.”

Working on form and skills has helped Munford junior Caine Robinson set a school record in the high jump with a 6’4. With a personal best of 20 feet, 3 inches in the long jump and 43-feet, 11-inches in triple jump, Robinson said he might reach State in either of those events.

“I would love to make it to State in the triple and high jumps,” he said. “That’s what I’m aiming for. I think if I can get up to a 44 or 45 foot-long triple jump and 6’6 in the high jump, I would be set for State.”

Reaching State in the high jump would validate years of work in the event he started in middle school.

“I’ve been high jumping for four years,” he recalled. “I started my eighth grade year. And I’ve made light progress over the years. I’ve worked hard to get here. I jumped 6’0 my freshman year. Then 6’2 my sophomore year and then broke the record with a 6’4 this year.”

Robinson said working with Munford Head Coach Bernard Ivie has been a honor. And he hopes to be one of the Cougars to keep the veteran coach’s streak alive of sending at least one athlete to State.

“He’s one of the best coaches I’ve ever had in any sport,” Robinson said. “And I’ve lived all over the world. I’ll still go as far to say that. For me to go State under his wing would be phenomenal.”

Millington Track is off to a phenomenal start with the boys and girls. For the Trojans like George Odum, LaKeron Garcia and Earl King are emerging as speedsters that will be key parts of relay teams.

And the Lady Trojans piecing together solid relay teams featuring girls like Kendra Richardson, Sierra Williams, Destiny Green, Tayunna Hickerson, Jherika Brown and Ciarra Robinson.

Described as an unsung hero, Robinson is junior sprinter taking on the challenge of running the first leg of the 4×200 and 4×400 meter races.

“It’s a lot of work,” she said. ‘I have to start out of the blocks and get into the right position.

It’s a heavy responsibility because if I mess up the first leg, it will throw off everybody. It effects the whole team.”

But Robinson said the hard work is worth it if the Lady Trojans can make history and reach State in multiple events.

“It’s exciting making some buzz,” she concluded, “because we can do something cool by reaching State.”

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