Last updated: May 08. 2014 3:46AM - 804 Views
By Kevin Eckleberry keckleberry@civitasmedia.com



LaGrange's Sam Bowie runs in the state sectional in Carrollton. Bowie is one of three LaGrange High runners who'll participate in the state finals in Jefferson. Bowie will compete in two events.Contributed photo
LaGrange's Sam Bowie runs in the state sectional in Carrollton. Bowie is one of three LaGrange High runners who'll participate in the state finals in Jefferson. Bowie will compete in two events.Contributed photo
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LaGrange High’s Andrew Coggins already has one state championship on his resume.


He’ll try to add to that total at the state track and field finals that get under way today in Jefferson.


Coggins will be one of three LaGrange High runners participating in the three-day meet.


LaGrange’s other state representatives are Sam Bowie and Jonathan Pelham.


Callaway, meanwhile, will be represented at state by Tyler Sinkfield, who’ll race in two events, the 100-meter dash, and the 200-meter dash.


To make it to the state finals, an athlete had to finish in the top eight in an event at the state sectional that was held two weeks ago.


Coggins, a senior who has enjoyed an exceptional high-school career in track and field and cross country, captured one state title at last year’s state meet, and he nearly won another.


Coggins finished first in the 800-meter run, and he was second in the 1,600-meter run.


At the Class AAAA state sectional, Coggins qualified for the finals by finishing second in the 1,600, and third in the 800.


Bowie, who was fifth in the 3,200-meter run at last year’s state meet, will also compete in two events in Jefferson.


At the sectional, Bowie was fourth in the 3,200, and he was sixth in the 1,600.


Pelham, meanwhile, earned his trip to Jefferson by finishing fifth in the 3,200 at the state sectional.


Coggins, Pelham and Bowie were also teammates on the cross-country team that finished second in the state last fall.


Brad Wilson, who coaches the distance runners at LaGrange, said those three do a tremendous job of pushing each other.


“They’ve got great personalities, they joke around, but when it’s time to get to work, there’s one thing they have in common is when you see them coming around, they all have the same look in their eyes,” Wilson said. “That look in their eyes tells you all you need to know about them. They’re going to get done what they need to get done. They’ll joke around before and after, but during they’re all business.”


And as for Coggins, Wilson said “he was made for this. There’s no doubt. And to his credit, he recognized that and dedicated himself to it. He’s gotten everything out of his potential he can get.” For Callaway, Sinkfield finished seventh in the 100-meter dash at the Class AAA state sectional, and he was eighth in the 200-meter dash.


The state meet gets under way today, and Coggins and Bowie will race in the 1,600.


On Friday, Coggins will compete in an 800-meter qualifying race, and the finals in that event are Saturday.


Also on Friday, Sinkfield will run in the 100 and 200 qualifying races, and he’ll attempt to make it through to the finals on Saturday.


Also on Saturday, Bowie and Pelham will participate in the 3,200.


 
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