May 8, 2003
Albany- The Monroe Lady Tornadoes have just one point after day one of the Georgia High School Association girls state track meet but they have put themselves in a very good position to win a third straight state title.
The Lady Tornadoes got off to the best possible start when Kim Mulkey, Shequita Draper, Lakeisha Bryant and Tierra Watts broke the state AAA record in the 400 meter relay with a time of 46.640 seconds.
Almost a full second better than the time of defending state champion Northeast Macon who won the other qualifying heat at 47.43.
It is the second state record in the last three years for Monroe who still holds the state mark in AAAA.
Monroe came within a second of another state record when they posted the top qualifying time in the mile relay at three minutes and 50 seconds.
The good news is that Monroe's #2 400 meter relay team finished second in that heat giving the Lady Tornadoes a chance to score big in the event tomorrow.
The 400 meter relay though is just one of four events where Monroe has qualified two runners for Saturday's final.
The Lady Tornadoes in have a chance to earn points in eight of the nine finals on Saturday and hope Angela Van Dyke will had to the one point she earned with her sixth place finish in the 1600 meter run. Van Dyke is entered in Friday night's 3200 meter run.
Northeast Macon though will also be well represented in the finals. Stephanie Smith was the top qualifier in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.52 seconds and in the 400 meter dash with a time of just over 54 seconds.
The field events will start Friday at 9:00 a.m. where Monroe will be contenders in the shot put, discus, long jump and high jump.
Qualifying heats for classes AA and A will start at 5:00 p.m. and the finals for all classes in the track events start at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.