Pierce County’s trio of Class AAA state track meet participants all finished ninth in their respective events during last week’s three-day championship at Jefferson High School.

Emmanuel Jernigan’s season-best mark of 6-foot in the high jump fell six inches short of the winning mark set by Tattnall County’s David Harris at 6-foot-6.

In between the two were Ringold’s Decontae Jackson (6’4”), Fannin County’s Adam Ingram (6’4”), Laney’s Christian Keeling (6’4”), Westminister’s Paris Howland (6’2”), Sonoraville’s Dylan Dixon (6’2”), Central Carroll’s Jaleel Terry (6’2”) and Toombs County’s  Tyree Brown (6 foot).

Dalton Newsome threw the discus 123’2” to finish nearly 30 feet behind the winning 153-foot distance of Jefferson’s Donte Wilson.

Finishing between the two were Peach County’s Kearis Jackson (151’3”), Adairsville’s Jayson Cantrell  (137’10”), Cedar Grove’s Johnny Thomas (136’8”), Oconee County’s Michael Miller (134’6”), Blessed Trinity’s Tyler Sugg (132’5”), Butler’s Fred Holloway (130’8”) and Calhoun’s William Long (124’4”).

Leroy Mason failed to make the final eight with his ninth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles prelims. Mason posted a time of 42.09 seconds with the eighth-best time being 41.79.

Cedar Grove captured the team title compiling 74 points to run away from the field. Blessed Trinity was second with 39 points, followed by host Jefferson (35), Central Carroll (35) and East Jackson (33) to round out the Top 5. There were 44 schools that registered at least one point at the event.

Five members in Region 1 received finished with at least one point led by Appling County’s 13th-place finish with 17. Dodge County placed 18th with 10 points. Islands had a 38th-place showing scoring three points. Toombs County and Jenkins of Savannah tied for 42nd with one point each.