April 30, 2004
Albany- Deerfield-Windsor junior Jon Jon Taylor had already won a second straight AAA triple jump title before her last attempt.
Taylor knew she was close to a state record and she wanted one more shot to break it.
Taylor accomplished her goal with a final jump of 35' 71/4" to break the AAA triple jump record by six inches.
Taylor did not set a state record but she also defended her long jump title but barely.
Taylor scratched on her first two attempts and a third attempt would have knocked her out of the competition.
The pressure didn't bother Taylor whose third jump was good enough to give her the lead at 16' 61/2".
Once on the board, Taylor jumped even farther in her final two attempts with her last measuring 16' 9".
The meet is not over for Taylor who looks to defend her state title in the 100 meter dash and anchor the 400meter relay squad to a state title.
The Lady Knights 4 x 100 team has the fastest qualifying time in the event.
Jon Jon Taylor wasn't the only Lady Knight winning a state title.
Senior Meredith Thomas was the only competitor to clear 5' 1" to win the AAA high jump title.
Deerfield-Windsor won a fourth state title in the field events with Addie Jenkins taking first place in the pole vault and Grant Walker finished second in the boys AAA pole vault.
The state record in the AA girls discus belongs to Terrell Academy's Brynne Callaway.
And it is appropriate since Callaway's win today is her state discus title in the last four years.
Last year, Callaway finished second to Pinewood's Megan Toler who set the state record with a throw of 127' 1'.
Callaway had best that distance on several occasions including her qualifying throw of 128' 9".
Callaway, who will play basketball at ABAC next year, didn't beat that distance but today's best toss of 128' 3" does put her name in the record books.
Brynne Callaway won her fifth GISA track title by tossing the shot 35' 9".
The GISA state track meet concludes tomorrow with the finals in the track events.
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