Recently graduated JHHS track athlete, Savantez Phillips, who won the 110-meter hurdles at the Class 2A state championships held in May, has committed to take his talent to the next level at Grambling State University.
The rising star who clocked 14.35 to eclipse the field at the Bernie Moore Track and Field Complex on the campus of LSU to win the gold medal made his decision after being offered a scholarship from GSU head track coach LaMonte Vaughn, Jr.
“I am very thankful to Coach Vaughn for giving me the opportunity to compete on the next level,” said Phillips. “I also want to give thanks to God for helping me achieve my dream, my mom Shante Burns for always showing she believed in me and both Coach Blankenship and Coach Wayne at JHHS for always pushing me to do my best.”
JHHS athletic director and head football/track coach Terrance Blankenship was especially pleased with the news.
“I am very happy for Savantez,” said JHHS athletic director and head football/track coach Terrance Blankenship. “He deserved this opportunity as he worked hard in the classroom and was a pleasure to coach. He leaves a great legacy for our athletes to follow as he was a great representative of what we try to teach, which is if you work hard enough you can achieve your dreams and goals. We wish him the best!”
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