May 15, 2010

Scott-Wesley says he ran the perfect race

JEFFERSON - Justin Scott-Wesley felt he ran the perfect race.

It would be hard to argue otherwise.

The Mitchell-County standout didn't just break the old Georgia state record of 10.56; he obliterated it, turning in a 10.35 which also stands as the fifth-fastest time in the country this year.

"It's really mind-blowing," Scott-Wesley said. "Coming in, I wanted to dominate this meet, but to hear that this was the fifth-fastest time in the country - that surprised me."

No doubt it will be a day that he will never forget.

Not only did Scott-Wesley add the 200-meter title to his resume, but in the awards ceremony that followed, he made his college choice known when he donned a red Georgia cap.

The crowd attending the meet at Jefferson High's Memorial Stadium cheered with approval.

"It was just something I decided to do," smiled Scott-Wesley. "I thought it was just something that would be cool - announcing it at the state meet."

Just as impressive, Scott-Wesley told UGASports he was able to set the record despite having recently bulked up to 210 pounds.

"I'm going to need to lose some weight," laughed Wesley, who was almost as impressive in capturing the 200-meter crown.

His time of 21.575 enabled him to easily beat Northeast's Evarius Pleasant (22.277), although it was only the fifth-best overall.

But Scott-Wesley wasn't complaining, not after his record-breaking performance in the previous event.

"I felt I ran the perfect race," said Scott-Wesley, who ran a 10.699 in Friday's preliminary heat. "I worked hard in everything I do. I slipped out the blocks yesterday. I got a heavier girl in there and she held the block down to hard. Today, I just ran my race. Blocked out all the competition and just raced against the clock."

Like the rest of his competitors, the clock came in second place.

So did Louisville.

Scott-Wesley, who de-committed from Stanford back in February, said the Cardinals finished second behind Georgia in the battle for his services.

So how will Georgia look to take advantage of his speed?

According to Scott-Wesley, Bulldog coaches want him to play on the offensive side.

"I think I'm going to be a offensive and utility guy," said Scott-Wesley, who no doubt will get a look returning kicks once he arrives in Athens. "They want someone who can take a 5-yarder to the house. (Coaches) want me to polish my play at receiver and have a better understanding of the game, but I'll be able to do all that."

The state of Georgia's "fastest man" has another distinction as well.

Although he becomes Georgia's ninth verbal commitment, he's the first this year from South Georgia, although that's an area Bulldogs continue to hit very hard.

Scott-Wesley hopes he won't be the last.

"There are a lot of guys here in South Georgia who I know that can play," he said. "It's a deep talent pool. You look at teams we play like Fitzgerald, the guys from Brooks County - there are some powerhouses. We used to say Region I-AA was the SEC of South Georgia. There's some real good competition down there."

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