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Can't Catch Jamal

January 11, 2006

Moultrie -- The high school track season is still a month away, but Colquitt County's Jamal Hayes is already in full stride.

The senior had a record-breaking run while winning the 400 meters at a prestegious meet over the weekend, and is quickly gaining a lot of support.

Packers track coach Dexter Polite says it isn't easy to keep up with Jamal Hayes.

"Jamal is a great kid, a hard working kid, great in school. He just loves to run. He's very competetive."

Competing in his first indoor track meet over the weekend at the LSU Indoor Classic, Hayes says he was looking to run the 400 meters in under 50 seconds, but did even better.

"I ran 48.92, won my heat, and when I won the race, they said over the intercom that was the first, second, and third best time in the nation at the time, but unfortunately there was another meet going on in New York. Two guys beat my time. But it's ok."

Hayes says track came by a process of elimination.

"I can't shoot a basketball, throw a football, or hit a baseball, so I thought I'd just run."

Coach Polite says the sky's the limit for Hayes.

"He does a very good job of working and he understands the concept of how to train."

Hayes says, "I'll try the World Juniors next year. The World Junior Circuit. That's where some of the top-notch guys go to try and get on the world junior team, and race people from around the world."

Hayes says his goal is to run the indoor 400 meters in forty-seven seconds.

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