THE FUTURE IS NOW

Lady Dragon youth movement dominates State Track

By Thomas Sellers Jr.
West10 Media/MVP 

Collierville’s long jump winner Ehi Aigbomian Photo Thomas Sellers, Jr.

MURFREESBORO – The date of May 23, 2024 might go down in Collierville Lady Dragons Track history as the ‘Coming Out Party.’

With a roster featuring young talent like freshman Ehi Aigbomian and sophomore Khari Webb, Collierville arrived at the Middle Tennessee State University Track Stadium poised to fulfill expectations and bring back to Shelby County first-place prizes in multiple categories.

The Division I, Class 3A State Meet was a showcase for the Lady Dragons starting with Aigbomian victory in the Long Jump outlasting her teammate Webb.

Pictured: Collierville’s Khari Webb (at right) clears hurdles during the competition. Webb won the 100m and 300m hurdles.
Photo Thomas Sellers, Jr.

Webb didn’t have to wait long for her chance to stand on the top podium winning the 100m and 300m hurdles.

“We’re always pushing each other in practice further and further everyday,” Webb said. “We just see who can go the furthest that day.”

Aigbomian went the furthest in the Triple Jump winning the State title with a distance of 38-6. Teammate Amiya Miller was seventh at 35-4.75.

Miller fared better in the Shot Put taking home fourth place with a toss of 36-2.75. Aigbomian’s second gold of the day came in the Long Jump with a distance of 18-7.75. Right behind her was Webb in third with 17-10.

“It’s a friendly competition,” Aigbomian noted. “She’s really good. She usually jumps 18’ too. It’s like pushing me to go further which is really good. It’s good to have somebody on my team like that to push me.”

Collierville track relay handoff. 
Photo Thomas Sellers, Jr.

With Brentwood’s Daisy Oatsvall in the running for the Long Jump title with a leap of 18-3, Aigbomian made the most of her final attempt.

“On my last jump I was like, ‘I really have to get this jump if I want to win,’” she recalled. “So I gave it all I got and left it all out there on the runway. I prayed and then it just happened. I am really grateful it ended all that way.”

The Lady Dragons overall were just heating up under stormy conditions. Collierville poured down gold on the competition in their relays and sprint races. Collierville took fifth in the 4x800m relay with a 9:31.67 posted by Ava Lang, Maya McCloskey, Adriana Nelson and Scarlett Nash.

Webb won in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.44. The time of 1:39.08 won the Lady Dragons the State title in the 4x200m with Aigbomian, Christyna Anderson, Emma Eason and Adriana Nelson.

Addison Young was bronze medalist for the Lady Dragons in the 400m run. Webb returned to the top podium to claim her 300m hurdle title with a time of 42.33.

Ava Lang earned the Lady Dragons a silver medal in the 800m run with a time of 2:15.75.

The icing on the cake for Collierville came with the Lady Dragon quartet of Eason, Nelson, Webb and Joy Dillard outlasted the 4x400m field for the State title with a time of 3:56.56.

Aigbomian said she and her teammates are not worried about peaking in 2024.

“Yes you guys will be seeing us back here as long as things continue to go as planned,” she said. “I pray that I continue to get better each and every year and give it my all.”

Webb said the formula for continued success is simple.

“Just keep going, working out everyday and continue to get better,” she concluded. “I have to be consistent.”

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