CHS track team receives championship rings

Members of the CHS 2018 state championship track and field team received their championship rings last week. At left, CHS graduate Michael Thompson, who was a senior on the team, was one of the athletes who received a ring.

Thanks to community sponsors, Crossett Eagle Track Coach Rodney Lawson was able to present the track team with their 2018 State Championship rings on Monday night.

Friends and family members gathered in the Crossett Middle School cafeteria for the presentation.

“I really appreciate the community coming together to support our track team,” Lawson said.

Lawson said he greatly appreciates the sponsors who donated to the rings, but also to the parents and those who drove to meets to support the team.

“We had fans at the state meet and Pochantas is five and half hours away,” Lawson said.

Those who ran for Lawson in the state meet included runners Carlos Williams, Randarius Terry, DeAndre Webb, Michael Thompson, Ja’Vonn Watson, Tyreke Caldwell, Kantrell Williams, Jeremy Green, Desmond Harris, Zyon Patterson, Freddie Charleston and Jordan Rial, S’Quan Duke, Jabari Holmes, Joey Brown, Malik Caldwell, Lamonte Gillum, Grant Roberson and Treyvon Chatman.

Lawson said their win really came down to the 200-meter dash.

“We were in second or third place and I told them not to get down and not give up,” Lawson said.

In the 200-meter dash, Thompson finished with a 22.91 with his teammates Carlos Williams and Webb coming in behind him with a time of 23.11 and 23.13 seconds. Thompson, Carlos Williams and Webb earned Crossett a total of 17 points during this event.

“Those boys ran like they never ran before and that 17 points put us in the lead and we never looked back,” Lawson said.

Coaches Shanae Govan, Austin Candady and Kevin Strunk, who coached under Lawson, were also presented rings.

Those who sponosored the championship rings include Beth Calloway, Gary Wiliams, Greg Donald, Professional Alliance of Women, Lion’s Club, Weyehaeser, First Baptist Church, First National Bank, Phoenix Services, Crossett Booster Club, Timberline Credit Union and TrueValue/Carpet One.

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