Track And Field Helps Out At Georgia Special Olympics
January 22, 2012By David Archer of CHATTAHOOCHEE TECHNICAL COLLEGE ATHLETICS
The Chatt Tech track and field teams used their off-week to volunteer at the Georgia Special Olympics powerlifting competition, held at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Sandy Springs. Hundreds of athletes from all over the Southeast congregated for the event, and over 30 CTC track and field athletes were present to help set up and cheer on the competitors.
“We believe this is a great opportunity for the team to support some very deserving athletes,” said CTC head coach Steve Prettyman.
The team arrived at the hotel to assist for the powerlifting competition, and stayed through the awards presentations at the end of the night. “It was a great event and I’m glad we could be involved,” Prettyman added.
The team last competed on January 12 and 13 at the Birmingham Multiplex Track, and several runners improved on their marks from the first meet of the season. Sheridan Woods, who set a school record in the season-opening meet in the 200 meters, bested his own mark a week and a half ago. Kellie Wilson also set a school record in the women’s high jump with a mark of 5’3’’, good enough to qualify for the national meet. Wilson joins Darryl Marlow (long jump) and Adrienne Jemison (triple jump) as a nationals qualifier for CTC.
“Both teams have had a strong start to the season,” Prettyman said. “With just two meets completed, several athletes have already qualified for nationals. We expect many more to qualify over the next several weeks.”
The teams will return to Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday, Jan. 25 for the Birmingham Indoor Invitational. NJCAA Nationals will be held on March 3 in Charleston, Ill.