JEFFERSON — For the second time in as many days, North Hall senior Ty McCormack is a state champion.
After winning the 1,600-meter title on Day 1 of the GHSA boys track and field championships in Jefferson, McCormack came back on Day 2 and took home the title in Class AAA’s 3,200-meter race with a time of 9 minutes, 8.66 seconds.
And apparently, winning two titles feels pretty good.
“It was a good win,” he said with a smile. “It’s a good way to be remembered, going out as a senior.”
Coming into the meet, McCormack’s admitted goal wasn’t just to win the state title, but to break the Class AAA state record of 9:07 in the 3,200. While disappointed that he didn’t meet his goal, McCormack was still excited.
“A win’s a win,” he said. “I just feel lucky to get (it).”
McCormack should be happy with winning the title in either event, as he almost didn’t get a chance to compete at all.
Earlier in the week, while visiting a local flea market, McCormack was bitten by a chicken. That bite turned into a sever allergic reaction, resulting in a sizeable rash and difficulty breathing.
While the initial reaction passed quickly, even McCormack admits, “I wasn’t at 100 percent.” That was evidenced by the dark red rash running down most of his neck and upper torso.
Regardless, McCormack came to Jefferson with a clear goal: win two state titles and break a state record.
Justin Weaver, from Pickens, the other qualifier from Region 7-AAA, placed third in the race with a time of 9:36.42.
The other events of day two were qualifying races. The top four finishers from each heat qualified for the finals Saturday.
In the 100-meter dash, Terick Ramsey of Commerce placed fourth in A’s first heat with a time of 11.11, the eight best qualifying time overall. Buford’s C.J. Moore placed third in AA’s first heat with a fifth best time of 11.04 and Eric Barr, also of Buford, placed fourth in heat number 2 with a time of 11.17, good enough for seventh best.
Class A will begin the 100 finals at 1:45 p.m. today.
The 110-meter hurdles saw three local runners punch their finals ticket.
Commerce’s Deon Brock placed second in the first heat of Class A with a time of 14.92. In AA, heat one saw Tyshawn Holley of Buford place third with a run of 15.44 and Derrick Perkins of Jefferson followed that in the next heat by placing second with a time of 15.14. The 110 hurdles final begins at 2:20 p.m. today with Class A.
Emmanuel Ibarra of Chestatee advanced to the 800-meter final with a time of 2:03.70, good enough for second in the second heat and the fifth best qualifying time overall. The 800 finals begin at 3:10 p.m.
East Hall’s Kerry Mata earned his place in the finals with a second place finish in AAA’s second heat for the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.32.
Heat one of the AA 300 hurdles saw Yeong-Seo Oh, of Riverside Military, turn in a time of 39.99 to qualify third for the finals which begin at 4:15 p.m.
In the second heat of the Class A 4 X 100 relay, the Commerce team ran fourth with a time of 43.74 seconds. Commerce had been the fifth best qualifier in the heat, but managed to outpace Whitefield Academy from Region 5-A by almost a full second to surge into the finals.
Also qualifying in the 4 X 100 was the team from Buford. The Wolves placed third in the first heat with a time of 42.72 seconds after qualifying with a time of 42.58 seconds at the region championship.
In Class AAA, the 4 X 100 team from Gainesville took third in the first heat with a time of 42.26 seconds.
The 4 X 100 final will begin at 12:45 p.m. today with Class A.
The points McCormack earned in the 3,200 added to North Hall’s first day total of 16 to give the Trojans 26 overall and move them into second place.
Jefferson remains in the lead of Class AA after Day 2 with 33 points.
The final day of the meet begins at 12:45 p.m. today, with the 4 x 100-meter relay.