By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
One Johnson County graduate will still wear the Longhorn uniform next week in the State Sectional Track Meet at CAK High School in Knoxville. Dustin Jenkins earned a trip to the big meet after his fourth place finish in the regional last week Sullivan North High School.
Jenkins threw the discus over 121 feet, making him the last person to qualify but for him it was a mixed bag. “I was elated to be going to the sectional meet, but I felt like I could have done a lot better,” said Jenkins. “I had thrown 128.2 feet in a meet at Patrick Henry this year and 127 feet won the regional. I could have possibly won had I thrown it like I was capable. I will need to do much better at the sectional meet.”
The road to the sectional has been a good one for Jenkins with several people playing a big role. Head coach Penny Gentry lit the flame and the desire to do well suddenly sparked a fire. “Coach Gentry would always talk to me about throwing because of my weightlifting background,” said Jenkins. “She thought that I could do well at it. Coach Cory Henson has been great at getting me set up for the meets, making sure everything was in place.” Jenkins said he couldn’t have done it without the help of two special coaches. “I couldn’t have ever got this far had it not been for Ron and Pam Gilliot,” added Jenkins. “I wouldn’t have a clue what I was doing had it not been for them.” Jenkins will need to be on top of his game at CAK. He knows that the competition will be fierce. “They will take the top seven or eight throws across the state and those will get to the state,” said Jenkins. “My goal is to throw my personal best. That would definitely give me a good chance at making the state meet.”
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