Head Track Coach Randall Canady was initially disappointed when Gilmer finished third at the District 16-3A meet behind Kilgore and Henderson who sent personnel who went one-two in shot put and discus. Gilmer had won district in 2011 and 2012.
Gilmer sent their 4 X 100 Meter Relay team of Nick Smith, D.K. Nelson, Chase Tate and Kris Boyd, with alternates Devin Smith and Jamell Jackson. D. Smith had run the relay during the year but was injured when the Buckeyes went to Austin.
Two of the Buckeyes qualified for double duty. Nick Smith ran the 300 Meter Hurdles in 38.4 (FAT) time, hand held 38.0, to capture first place. Smith was the starter on the relay.
Kris Boyd, who ran the anchor of the 4 X 100 Meter Relay, captured a bronze medal with his 10.62 (FAT) time in the 100 Meter Dash ( 10.2 hand held.)
N. Smith, D.K. Nelson, Chase Tate and Boyd finished second in the relay with 41.7 (FAT) and 41.2 hand held.
In addition, in the girls events, Megan Smith, a sophomore, finished fifth in the 300 Meter Hurdles.
Todd Barr coached the relay teams, Alan Metzel the 100 meter dash, and Matt Turner the hurdlers. Coach Canady ran track at Jacksonville under Coach Turner’s instruction, and he brings that skill to fruition with the success of the Buckeyes.