MOULTRIE — Elizabeth Funderburk leads a contingent of nine members of the Colquitt County track team that qualified last Saturday for the state meet.
Funderburk, a freshman, qualified for the state meet in both the 1,600 meters and the 3,200 meters, shaving seconds off both of the times she ran to win the events in the Region 1-AAAAAA meet.
Also qualifying for the state meet are the Colquitt County boys 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams; Marquan Greene in the 200 meters; Ty Lee in the high jump; and Rahiem McCloud and Jay Woods in the triple jump.
Relay teams and individuals qualified for the state meets at the Sectional meet held last Saturday at Mill Creek High School.
The boys qualifiers advance to compete on May 14-16 at Jefferson.
Funderburk, the only member of the Lady Packers to qualify for the state meet, will run in the girls state meet that will be held Thursday through Saturday at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany.
Funderburk placed fifth in the sectional’s 1,600 meters, running a 5:30 and knocking four seconds off the time she posted in winning the event in the region meet.
She also was fifth in the 3,200 meters with a time of 11:53, paring 20 seconds off her region championship time of 12:13.
Funderburk now has qualified for three state tournaments in four events in her freshman year. After winning the girls region cross country championship, she ran in the state cross country meet in October, finishing 11th.
She also shot a 72 and was the low medalist in the region golf tournament held April 20, at Valdosta Country Club, helping the Lady Packers win the title and qualify for the Class AAAAAA state tournament, which will be held on May 18, at Spring Hill Country Club in Tifton.
The Colquitt County boys 4x100 team of Sihiem King, Marquan Greene, Isaiah Thomas and Grump Jones finished third at Mill Creek a time of 42.37.
The 4x400 team of Marquan Greene, Kaleb Dawson, Jay Woods and Sihiem King qualified for state with its fourth-place finish. The Packers ran a 3:24, which was a school record and was a second faster than their region championship time.
Green ran a personal-best 22.02 to qualify for the state meet in the 200 meters.
Lee’s 6-foot high jump was good for eighth place.
McCloud finished third with his 42-foot, 9-inch triple jump. His jump was 42 feet, 2 inches at the region meet. Woods was fourth with a 42-8 triple jump.
Although it finished 11th and did not qualify for the state meet, the Lady Packers 4x100 relay team of JaKiya Sloan, KeKe Sutton, Brittany Marshall and Takiya Henry set a school record with a time of 49.93.
Also representing Colquitt County at the sectional were Christina Sailem, Bull Barge, Alex Henry, Jake Merritt, and Keahrra Howard.