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Area runners will chase Pookie's record


At the 1983 GISA State Track Meet, Mount de Sales' Pookie Middlebrooks ran a 10.94 seconds in the 100m dash to set a new state record.

Thirty years later, Pookie's record still stands.

South Georgia runners will chase the three-decade old mark this week at the state meet at Hugh Mills.

Two of those running are Deerfield-Windsor twins Dee and Jay Barber.

Both have their sights set on the record.

"You're writing your name in the history books, so it'd be remembered forever and ever," says Dee.  "So for me to break it, it'd be a huge honor."

Dee says the pursuit of the record adds to the fun of what was already become a favorite race.

"It's actually like one of the funnest events too because it's so intense," he says. "You have to go from start to finish, and it happens so fast. You can't make any mistakes, so you have to put a lot of focus into it."

Jay says the margin for error is so small in the 100m, and that's why he thinks the record has stood for this long.

"You can't make any mistakes," says Jay. From the start of the blocks, you have to stay focused and if you make one mistake, it can cost you a race."

Also running in the 100m dash from south Georgia are Southland's Dustin Shattles and Tiftarea's Charlie Massey.

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