The first distance runner in Cane Bay High School history to finish first at state now has some bling to go along with the memory of the state championship he won in the spring.
Cobras senior Zane Jackson received his championship ring at halftime of Cane Bay’s home football game with Fort Dorchester on Aug. 30.
In May, Jackson surged at the end to win the 3,200-meter run in 9:41.66, claiming the Class 5A title by almost six seconds.
“He ended up with a 62-second closing lap,” Cane Bay track and field coach Greg Hall said after the state meet. “He blew them away.”
It was Jackson’s first crowning moment after some close calls as a freshman and sophomore.
“He crossed the finish line with his hands in the air,” Hall said. “He was excited, very excited. It’s something he’s wanted to do the minute I met him.”
Jackson was a state qualifier for Palmetto Scholars Academy as a sophomore and North Charleston High School as a freshman, collecting a pair of runner-ups, two thirds and a fourth-place finish in Class A and Class AA.
Just recently, Jackson set a new Cane Bay school record as a cross country runner.