With most of their key athletes returning from that team, the Longhorns appear primed to make another serious run at the AAAA crown in 2012.
With state shot put champion Jordan Chambers and 110-meter hurdles runner-up Devon Williams back to lead a talented group of athletes, Kell coach Jennifer Summey is excited about her team’s chances of contending for the state crown once again.
“We are looking forward to having a really, really good year this year,” Summey said. “We have a great group of kids on this team. They work so hard and they’re so determined to succeed — they never give up.”
Kell did lose a couple of its stalwarts from last year — sprinter Brian Randolph, a football standout who is now playing at Tennessee, and sprinter/jumper Stanley Udor. Both of the athletes helped lead the Longhorns’ 400-meter relay team to a fifth-place showing at the state meet.
Other than that, the Kell roster from last year is pretty much intact.
Leading the way once again will be Chambers, a senior who finished fifth in discus at the state meet to go along with his title in the shot put.
Chambers also plays on the Longhorns’ football team as a running back and linebacker, something that nearly hindered his track season.
“We were concerned about Jordan, because he was coming off of an injury from football, but he came out (earlier in the week) and threw right where he was throwing at the end of last year,” Summey said. “He finished sixth in the state in the shot put (in Class AAAAA) as a freshman (in 2009), which is an amazing accomplishment for a freshman, and he’s improved each year.”
Williams, also a senior, was another important key to Kell’s third-place state finish last year. The older brother of Kell girls track star Kendell Williams and a recent Georgia signee, was a third-place finisher in the 300 hurdles as well as the 110 hurdles runner-up.
“Devon is going to be very important for us in the 300 and 110 hurdles, but also the (400 relay), the (1,600 relay) and the long jump as well,” Summey said. “He could make it on the (awards) podium (at the state meet) in all of those events.”
The Longhorns are also expecting strong contributions from junior Jordan Jackson in the hurdles and relays, junior Brendan Langley in the 200 dash, 400 dash and relays, junior Quincey
Maugher — a transfer from Cherokee — in the 300 hurdles and relays and senior Caprii Knighten in the 400 and 1,600 relay.