New­ton sprinter Long signs with Camp­bell

Two-time state cham­pion sprinter Tyler Long signs with Camp­bell

The Covington News - - Front page - Josh Briggs Sports Edi­tor

For the past two years, no­body in the state has been able to catch New­ton track star Tyler Long or his team­mates for that mat­ter, at least not in the 4x100 me­ter re­lay. And af­ter sign­ing with Camp­bell Univer­sity Wed­nes­day, Long’s days of run­ning like the wind com­pet­i­tively will con­tinue for the next four years.

Long was part of New­ton’s 4x100 me­ter re­lay team that cap­tured the last two Class AAAAA ti­tles. He along with Chris Dick­er­son and Akeem Hunt won the state ti­tle last year along with Bart Lind­sey and the trio made it back-to-back cham­pi­onships with new team­mate Dar­ius Dean this year.

Long has been a mem­ber of New­ton’s track and field team since he was a fresh­man. Along with his prow­ess in the 4x100 me­ter re­lay, Long par­tic­i­pated in many other events in­clud­ing the triple jump, the 100 and 200 me­ter dash, and the 4x400 me­ter re­lay.

Over the course of Long’s ca­reer, the track team be­came one of the state’s best. The Rams won two Re­gion 2-AAAAA ti­tles and of course took home the top medal in the 4x100m in Class AAAAA twice.

Long leaves New­ton as the school’s record holder in the 100m with a time of 10.91 and as a part of the 4x100m Re­lay team with a state qual­i­fy­ing time of 41.54.

Long will con­tinue to run the short dis­tance sprints at Camp­bell but could wind up run­ning mul­ti­ple events like he did at New­ton.

Josh Briggs/the Cov­ing­ton News

Speedy sign­ing: New­ton track star Tyler Long signs a letter of in­tent to at­tend Camp­bell Univer­sity in the fall. He's joined by his mother Toni and coaches (from left) Pa­trick Parsons, Kelia Thomas, Cortez Allen and Jef­fery O’Neal.

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