Another title for Coggins

By Kevin Eckleberry

May 8, 2014

LaGrange High’s Andrew Coggins is a state champion again.

Coggins raced to the top spot in the 1,600-meter run on Thursday at the Class AAAA state track meet in Jefferson.

It’s the second state championship for Coggins, who captured top honors in the 800-meter run in the 2013 state meet.

Coggins nearly won the 1,600 a year ago, but he settled for a second-place finish.

Coggins made sure he would be the first one across the finish line this year.

Coggins finished the four circuits around the track in a time of four minutes, 19 seconds, and he held off a trio of runners who were just two seconds behind him.

Finishing in fifth place was Coggins’ teammate at LaGrange, sophomore Sam Bowie, who had a time of 4:26, five seconds off the pace.

Coggins has one race remaining in his high-school career, and he’ll attempt to win a second straight championship in the 800-meter run.

Qualifying for that event is today, and the finals will be Saturday.

On Saturday, Bowie and fellow LaGrange Granger Jonathan Pelham will race in the 3,200-meter run.

Callaway’s Tyler Sinkfield will compete in the qualifying races for the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash today, with the finals set for Saturday.