Josh Robinson was one stride from sweeping state championships in both Class A/AA hurdles events. Just then, Memphis Fairley’s Shaquille Moore made a dive across the finish line, crashing shoulder-first into the track to claim first place in the 300-meter race.
The most obvious way to measure LaQuisha Jackson’s success is the electronic timer announcing how quickly she has covered 100 or 200 meters. The ways of measuring her influence and stardom throughout the state are much more numerous.
Regardless of how much ground the Baylor School girls covered over the course of the Division II state track meet’s 18 events Thursday, it paled in comparison to coach Bill McMahan’s constant pacing.
Although she fell short of her goal of breaking the state record, Red Bank senior Amber Dandy claimed her second state championship in the Class A/AA long jump Thursday.
Howard junior LaQuisha Jackson proved she’s more than simply a sprinter Monday, finishing second in the Class A/AA state pentathlon at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.
Whether the Baylor girls’ track team can claim a fourth consecutive Division II state championship may be decided not by a sprint to the finish, but how fast four seniors can cover ground in the three distance races.
Much as she did the competition, LaQuisha Jackson put any lingering concern over her injured right knee behind her Tuesday afternoon.