Bulldog Track & Field bring back seven top 10 finishes and one state champion


The ECI Bulldog Track & Field team competed in the 3-day State Meet in Columbus last week and came away with several personal records and one state champion.

Sophomore Jayna Kearson bested her region rival from McIntosh Co. to win the championship in discus throw. The senior from McIntosh, Jerrica Bryant, put the pressure on her final throw with a distance of 119’ 9”. With the pressure on, Jayna threw a personal best of 120’ 10” to capture the state class A discus championship.

Below are the state results for the Bulldogs and comments from track and field coach Chris Pye; “Extremely proud of this young group of Bulldogs. We took four freshman, two sophomores and two seniors to Columbus this weekend and came away with PR’s in five events, seven top 10 finishes, five state finalists, two 7th place finishers, a 6th place finish, a 4th place finish, and one State Champion.”

Jayna Kearson - State Champion Discus (121-10) - school record; Raelyn Felkel - 4th place girls shot put; Timmy Dobson - 10th place boys shot put; (41-7) - school record; Girls 4x200 - 7th place; Madison Walker, Ronee Swainrussell, Jayna Kearson, Jamese Budgett (1:51.06) - school record; Jamese Budgett - 7th place girls 200m; Jayna Kearson - 9th place girls triple jump; Girls 4x400 - 6th place; Breely Felkel, Ronee Swainrussell, Madison Walker, Jamese Budgett (4:32.31) - school record.

“It was a long, HOT, three days and we were so fortunate to have a nice place to stay, plenty of healthy snacks, drinks and 3 full meals every day for our kids. NONE of this would have been possible without the generous help, and support from Georgia Equipment of Swainsboro, Durden Banking Co., Hall’s Minit Mart in Twin City, Brown Bag Cafe, Advanced Metal Inc. of Swainsboro, and of course our ECI Bulldog Club. We THANK YOU ALL so much for the support! GO DOGS!!!”