THE GOLDEN AGE OF JHS ~ 1959 ~ Page II
The first state championship ever won by Jefferson in any sport was the 1959 track state championship in Macon.
In 1953 the Dragons had placed second in track and fourth in 1957. This year they won it all.
After the first day, when the finals in the field events were held, along with the mile and the 880 yard run, Jefferson had only 9 points and was running far behind leading Fort Valley which had 15 points. On the first day Gary Duke captured a first place in the broad jump with a leap of 21 feet, 8 inches. Burton Riddle and Jerry Elder finished third in the 880 and mile run respectively. The finals on Saturday saw every Jefferson boy who had qualified place either first or second. The Jefferson 440-yard relay team of Richard Langford, Jeff Davis, John Kesler and Gary Duke tied the class B state record with a sizzling time of 46.1 seconds. Jeff Davis won the high hurdles in 15.6 seconds and the 180 yard low hurdles in 21.7 seconds. Duke finished second in the low hurdles. This was the eighth straight win of the season for the cinder-Dragons.
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