CLARKSDALE- Coahoma Track Team has a chance to shine on the big stage this weekend. Seven athletes will be competing in the 2018 NJCAA Division I Track and Field Championships. The meet will be this Friday, May 18, 2018, in El Dorado, KS.
The Tigers will be participating in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays and the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes.
Ian Thomas, DaKendre Little, Chrishun Nurse, Byron Burnett, Akeem Marshall, Romario Marshall, and Michael McCloud will make the trip to El Dorado for a chance at a national championship. All seven participants qualified in various races this season.
Coahoma will have an athlete that will compete for a chance to win a team and an individual national title for the first time in school history. McCloud will compete in both relays and the three dashes. The freshman from Columbus, MS has a chance to make history at Coahoma.
Coahoma's Track Team is good because of their experience. Five of the seven participants are sophomores. The Tigers are led by Little, Burnett, Thomas, and Marshall.
Coahoma Head Coach Reggy Hankerson is confident because the NJCAA Championships is not his first rodeo. "Things were new to us the first time and now we have a little more experience," said Hankerson. "We know how it is to compete on the big stage. Hopefully, we can stay healthy and compete well."
Akeem and Romario Marshall have taken their running to the next level for Coahoma. The twin brothers from Barbados has been tearing the track circuit for years. They will have an opportunity to take their talents to the next level at Arkansas Pine-Bluff.
The other sophomores will have an opportunity to get a scholarship with a great showing at the NJCAA Championships. "Hopefully, the guys that are on the verge of signing can catch somebody's eye," said Hankerson.
Things were a little tough for the female members of the track team. They had a good start out the gates but lost their best athletes to injuries. Jasmine Green, Alexandria Kyles, and Jasmine Peoples stood out as Coahoma's best athletes. Although they didn't want their season to end on a bad note, Coach Hankerson preferred that they focus on getting healthy and in shape for next season.
Hankerson is confident that Coahoma has a chance to bring some hardware back to Clarksdale. "We have a chance to do well in everything and compete in the finals," said Hankerson.