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Putnam battles Greene County in track action

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    Jalon Kilgore and DJ Bland in 300. ARELLA CASH/Staff
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    Eagles in 100 meter (L to R) Maurice Surmelin, Jalon Kilgore, DJ Bland and Sharod White. ARELLA CASH/Staff
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    Freshman Brayon Farley in hurdles. ARELLA CASH/Staff

The Putnam County track team battled local rival Greene County in track action last week at Greene.

Putnam junior Malik Thornton, competing in the high jump for the first time, cleared six foot, 2 inches and almost broke the school record of six feet, 4 inches.

“He almost set the school record,” said coach LaPatrick Marshall. “We really haven’t had much time to practice jumping with him but we will find some going forward.”

On the girls side, freshman Alexander Morris stepped in for an ill Shamaya Jones and performed well.

“She did a good job if stepping in,” said Marshall. “Last year, we didn’t get to do any track because of COVID. This is the first year a lot of these girls have competed.”

Other notables, said Marshall, are Gerald and Jalon Kilgore in the field events and DJ Bland in the 100-meter races.

“The boys have been very competitive,” Marshall said.

Putnam County will travel to Monticello Friday to participate in the Friday Night Lights meet.