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2012 Season  

Jalisha ends TCHS track career with

2 more state titles & state record

 Jalisha Knight (right) pulls away in the 300 meter hurdles

 Jalisha celebrates 100 meter hurdle win and state record


Jalisha is a record holder 


 and is honored for her career

Toombs County High School senior Jalisha Knight ended her Lady Bulldog days with a bang and two major accomplishments. She won two more state titles at the GHSA Girls State Track Meet in Albany and she set her first state record. Knight won the 100 meter and 300 meter hurdle races, giving her four state titles, and she set a GHSA Double A State Track Meet record in the 100 hurdles by winning the race in 14.16 seconds- .17 better than the state mark. Jalisha won the race by more than a second over Alaina Cook, of Decatur, who ran a 15.16.  Jalisha talks about her two victories while watching the video You Tube  Watch Jalisha race in the 100 and 300 video Watch a slideshow

Knight won her 300 meter title by over a second over another Decatur runner. Jalisha ran a personal record 44.11 and defeated Ashleigh Rasheed, who finished the race in 45.32. Knight received 10 team points for each victory propelling TCHS to a tenth pace finish in Double A.

Jalisha won a state championship in the 300 meter hurdle race as a sophomore and the 100 meter hurdles as a junior. In her first state meet, as a freshman, she placed fourth.

Knight qualifies for the finals

Toombs County High School  senior runner Jalisha Knight qualified for the finals in the 100 meter and 300 meter hurdles at the GHSA Girls State Track meet in Albany. Knight won her heat in the 100 in her fastest time ever. Jalisha's 14.33 was just a tenth of a second off tying the GHSA Double State Track Meet record of 14.23. She tied her personal record in the 300 meter hurdles by winning her heat in 44.95. Jalisha will be in lane four in both of her finals on Saturday. Freshman Samantha Houston finished 15th in the finals of the 2-mile race in 13:26.

Knight, Houston & Avellenada are going to state

Jalisha Knight's margin of victory in the 100 meter hurdles 

Jalisha also dominated her heat in the 300 meter hurdles 

Toombs County High School track athletes Jalisha Knight, Samantha Houston and Daniel Avellenada survived the new sectionals competition and qualified for the GHSA State Track Meet. The girls will compete in Albany on May 3, 4 and 5. and the boys in Jefferson on May 10,11 and 12. TCHS competed, on Saturday, in the East Sectional at Lamar County High School in Barnesville. The competition was from Regions 3,4 and 8 and the top eight from each event qualified for state. Watch slideshow

Knight, a senior and two-time state champ, did well her specialty- the hurdles. Jalisha won the 100 meter hurdles in 14.49 seconds. Jalisha won the state championship in the 100 meter hurdles last year in 14.78. Knight won her heat in the 300 meter hurdles in 46.68. She finished second overall behind Rabun County's Sally Woerner, who ran 46.68. Knight claimed the state title in the 300 meter hurdles, in 2010, in 45.48.

Jalisha's goal at state is to win the 100 and 300 meter hurdles and medal in the long jump and that wish is still possible. Knight qualified for state on her first jump with a leap of 18 feet, 5 1/2 inches.  

Houston, who qualified for the GHSA State Crosss Country meet as a freshman back in November, also is going to state in track in her rookie season. In her first race she ran the 1600 meters in a personal record of 5:57 placing sixth and then at six o'clock she came back and finished eighth in the 3200 meter race in 14:33 despite suffering from stomach cramps. So, she will be running in both events at Albany.

Daniel Avellenada ran a personal record 4:45 in the mile and the senior, running track for the first time, finished sixth to pull off the same feat as Houston- qualifying for both the cross country and track state championships. Johnathan Reyes failed to qualify in the 3200 in a time of 12:17.33. Deonte Dasher finished twelfth in the 800 meters. The girls 4x100 meter relay team of Keke Jones, Jalisha Knight, Diamond Boyd, Deavia Howard and Shaila Bacon also failed to qualify for state.

Jalisha repeats as top Region 2 track athlete

For the second straight year Jalisha Knight, Toombs County's two-time state champ, was the top female point scorer at the Region 2 Track meet at Georgia Southern. Knight won the long jump (17 feet, 8 inches) and the 100 (14.8) and 300 (46.28) meter hurdles and accumulated 32.25 total points. Jalisha also qualified for the state sectionals at Lamar County on Saturday, April 28 in the 4 x 100 meter hurdle race.  

Joining Knight in Barnesville will be  Deonte Dasher-800M (2:15.19), Kelo Bagley-100M (11.3), Jonathan Reyes- two-mile (12:17), Daniel Avellaneda- one-mile (4:58), Girl’s 4 x100 Relay (Keke Jones, Jalisha Knight, Diamond Boyd, Deavia Howard, Shaila Bacon) (53.17), Samantha Houston- two-mile (14:38) and one-mile (6:13.06), Laneisha Furman-Shot put (29-5.5).

These athletes must place in the top eight at sectionals to advance to the state track meet. The girl's state meet is in Albany on May 3-5. The boy's state meet is in Jefferson May 10-12.  

TCHS Track

The Toombs County boys and girls track teams are scoring more points than they have in recent seasons due to more quality participation. In a meet in Vidalia, versus VHS and Dodge County, TCHS winners included two-time state champ Jalisha Knight in the 100 meter hurdles, Deavia Howard in the 200 meters and Samantha Houston in the one and two mile runs. Watch highlights You Tube      

2011 Season

Knight competes in the AAU Junior Olympics

On Monday in her first day of competition in New Orleans Jalisha jumped 16 feet nine inches in the long jump and then ran a 12.57 in the 100 meters. She did not qualify for the semifinals in either event. On Tuesday Jalisha will run the 100 meter hurdles. Coach Therese Standard and Jalisha talk about Monday Audio

On Tuesday Jalisha ran the 14 best time out of 77 runners in the 100 meter hurdles. Knight ran a 14.69 and finished second in heat 10. She didn't qualify for the finals, but she does finish 14th in the nation in her age group and that ends her racing in New Orleans. Coach Therese Standard and Jalisha talk about Tuesday Audio

Jalisha races on ESPN3

Jalisha Knight (far left) gets ready for the 100 meter hurdles 

 Juicy (left) strides over the seventh hurdle

Jalisha Knight had one last chance to qualify for the AAU Junior Olympics in the 100 meter hurdles, which is her best event. Back in May she won her second state championship by cruising to an easy win that race. However, last month in Augusta she false started in the 100 hurdles. So, the ESPN Rise Games: The AAU Club Championships at Disney World in Orlando were her final shot at running the hurdles in New Orleans in addition to the 100 meter race and the long jump which she had already qualified for in Augusta. Y-101 Story  

Jalisha took care of business in Orlando finishing eighth out of 32 runners in the prelims and then in the finals she placed sixth to qualify for the Junior Olympics, which begin July 29 and run through August 6. Watch Jalisha run on ESPN3 Knight's event is one hour and thirteen minutes in to the broadcast or watch these Highlights

Knight wins her second state championship

Jalisha on the top spot of the podium after 100 meter hurdles win


Knight finishes 2nd in the 300 meters


Jalisha with coach Therese Standard 

Jalisha runs a close second to Sandrika Simmons in the 300 meters 

Toombs County's Jalisha Knight is a state champion one again. On Saturday afternoon, in Albany, she added the 100 meter hurdles title to the 300 meter hurdles championship which she won in 2010. Jalisha was the only Double A girl to run under 15 seconds. Knight's 14.780 beat second place Nancy Price, of Screven County by .670 seconds. In her qualifying heat Knight beat Price by .660. Jalisha said she had to make up for a slow start, "My foot slipped before I even started and they all went ahead, however, once I saw that girl's foot right beside me I took off and won by a hurdle and a half." Y-101 Story

Knight finished second in state in the 300 meters. Sandrika Simmons, of Therrell, won the race in 43.910 and defeated Jalisha by a little less than a second. Knight ran a 44.950, her personal best in this event. Knight said, "When I was going over the third hurdle I messed up the whole jump, so that slowed me down and then when we were going over the seventh hurdle my body shut down." Thanks to Jalisha's performance Toombs County placed 10th in Double A.

Head coach Therese Standard talks about Jalisha's performance Audio  

Knight and Johnson are going to state

Toombs County High School's Jalisha Knight and Shikell Johsnon have both earned trips to the state track after qualifying at the Region 2 Track Meet at Georgia Southern. Knight, a 2010 state champ in the 300 meter hurdles, was the Region 2AA High Point Female athlete. She qualified in three different events. Knight dominated the 100 meter hurdles. She qualified in 15.06 seconds and won by three seconds in a time of 14.78. In the 300 meter hurdles the junior qualified at 45.48 (tying her time in the 2010 state final) and won by 4 1/2 seconds in 46.24. Jalisha won the long jump by exactly six inches with a leap of 16 feet, eight and three quarter inches. 

Watch Jalisha win the 100 meters and the 100 meter and 300 meter hurdles in an event at Vidalia High School  Video

2010 Season

Jalisha Knight is a state champion

Despite a cautious start, Toombs County's Jalisha Knight pulls away and wins the Double A 300 meter low hurdles race at the GHSA State Meet in Albany.  

Jalisha makes it to the top of the medal stand in her second trip to state 

 Jessica King competes in the shot put. Her best throw was 30 feet, 2 inches. 


Coach Therese Standard with Juicy 


Honored on her 1st day back at school 

Toombs County High School sophomore Jalisha Knight finished first in the 300 meter low hurdles race a the GHSA State Track Meet in Albany earning her the Double A State Championshp in her second try. Knight ran a personal best time of 45.480 and won the race by a half a second over Charlton County's Jadquay Dasher. Knight won her heat in the semifinals in a time of 46.230. Last year Jalisha finished fourth in 100 meter hurdles. She qualified for state in that event this year but did not make it to the finals. Y-101 Story

Knight is a double region champ


Jalisha Knight runs the 100m hurdles  


Jessica King finished 2nd in the shot  

Toombs County High School's Jalisha Knight is the Region 3B champ in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles. The sophomore set school records in winning both events. In her specialty, the 100 meter hurdles, she ran a personal record time of 14.43. That time would have won the 2A State Meet last season. Knight finished fourth in her first trip to state in a time of 15:08. Jalisha won the 300 meter hurdle race in 46.61. The winning time in that event at state last year was 45.890. Video Joining Knight at state, May 6th through 8th, is Jessica King, who finished second in the region meet in the shot put with a throw of 34 feet and nine inches.
Kristen Flowers finished fifth in the 3200 meter run with a personal record of 14:43. Keke Jones placed fourth in the 400 meters with a  personal best time of of 1:01 and eighth in the 200 meters. The Lady Bulldogs finished sixth in the region

2009 Season

Knight finishes fourth at state


In her first trip to the GHSA State Track Meet in Albany Toombs County's Jalisha Knight finished fourth in the 100 meter hurdles. Knight ran a career best 15.080 and she was just .02 seconds out of second place. Laconia Davis. from Rockmart placed second with a 15.060 and Jalisha's big rival, Annie Fletcher of Bleckley County, was third in 15.070. Westminster's Miray Seward won the event in a time of 14.730. Y-101 Story  Knight, the Region 3 champion, finished third in her qualifying heat on Thursday with a time of 15.310.  Y-101 Story  Watch Jalisha run the hurdles in practice Video