Canes Central GA Relay marks unofficial return of Middle Georgia Track & Field season

Thompson Stadium in Macon was the host site for the 4th annual Canes Central GA Relays Thursday afternoon. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

Cold weather has passed. Grass is green again. Those are signs the spring sports season has returned.

Thursday afternoon at Thompson Stadium in Macon, the spikes were on but there were no bats or goals in sight.

"I'm happy to say that Track & Field season is finally here," said Westside Head Track & Field Coach James Hickenbotham.

Over 300 athletes from nine different high schools competed in the 4th annual Canes Central GA Relays marking the unofficial start of the area's track season.

"We have some of Middle Georgia's best here," said Rutland Head Coach Leland Ragin. "It gives these kids an opportunity to get some good competition and times here nationally."

The highly-talented field competed at Thompson Stadium, the only Track & Field facility in the Bibb County School District.

I'm really glad that we're running it and I foresee it to be of a higher magnitude later on down the line once we have the facility to hold this magnitude of an event," Hickenbotham said.

Regardless of the facility, the relay allowed some of the state's biggest track stars to shake off the cob webs and get back into running form.

"It's great to be out on the track field after a great football season," said Peach County's Kearis Jackson. "I'm just coming out here trying to get better, trying to get my speed right and just preparing myself to get ready for college."

The athletes and coaches weren't the only ones in attendance Thursday. College coaches from around the southeast flocked to Macon in hopes of finding future talent.

"All these coaches are out here because we want to give these kids an opportunity to get recruited," Ragin said.

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