TIFT CO., GA (WALB) - R.J. Merriweather may as well be the face of the Blue Devils
The senior left Thursday morning as the only Tift county athlete to compete in the GHSA Track & Field state championships.
Merriweather wrapped up his career with a 16th place finish in Class-AAAAAA
He competed in the high jump out in Jefferson with a jump of 6-feet. This was Merriweather's first time competing in the state championships, but it's not his first time shining on the big stage.
He also starred this past football season as Tift County's number one target at receiver. The Georgia Southern commit scored two long touchdowns against the eventual state champion Colquitt county Packers.
In previous years on the track, Merriweather under-preformed.
He said those blunders stirred up the perfect emotions for his recent success.
"I wouldn't say anger, just determination built up from those previous failures," he said. "I used to get real down afterward, and finally getting it is like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders."
Next year he will suit up as an Eagle for newly hired head coach, and also a Tift County native, Tyson Summers.