By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Millington Trojan Track in Murfreesboro is a May tradition.
In years past, the program sent relay teams along with individual standouts. Recently the tradition of reaching the State tournament has been a solo effort ranging from athletes like Courtney Jordan to Kendra Richardson last season.
The coaching staff of James Edwards, T. Taylor and Dennis Alexander are ready to put pieces together to return multiple relay teams to the final meet of the year.
“We have some talent out here right now,” Edwards said. “We have to put them in the right places and keep them healthy especially in these cold conditions until May.”
The boys feature some multiple sports athletes with speed like LaKeron Garcia, Earl King, Devynn Brandon, Andrew Banks, Demarius Curry and Chris Sanders.
“Chris Sanders has been running for a few years,” Edwards said. “I think he has a good shot of doing well in the 400, triple and long jumps.”
Sanders will join some of his teammates for relays throughout the season trying to find the right combination for a run at State. On the girls’ side, Taylor said the Lady Trojans also feature two-sport standouts.
“Kendra, Jherika Brown, and Marquisha Sanders, they’re very talented young ladies,” he said. “They will help us out tremendously.”
Taylor, who works with the field athletes, accompanied Richardson last year at State for the High Jump. The Trojan coaches said the senior standout should be participating in multiple events at this year’s State Meet.
“She’ll do well in any of the jumps,” Edwards said. “I like her in the 400m. That is probably one of her better races.”
Edwards noted in recent year injuries, some misfortune and bad timing have kept some talented Millington athletes from reaching State glory in recent years. Taylor noted the program will hope to have good luck on its side in 2014.
“We have to make sure we run in competitive meets, stay healthy and take care of academics,” he concluded.