Carrollton's Field of Dreams

Jeremiah Pierce heaves a shot-put throw
Photo: Ricky Stilley/ Times-Georgian

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Breaking school records has almost become routine for Carrollton High School track and field star Jeremiah Pierce.

And it's getting to a point where he's one-upping himself in the history books.

The senior Trojan athlete and Mississippi State signee recently broke his own school shot put record on March 10 at the 8th Annual Swamp Relays in Waycross, delivering a toss of 59 feet, 6 inches to take first in the event. His heave eclipsed his previous record of 57-10.5, an accomplishment he achieved during last May's Georgia High School Meet of Champions to take down a previous 28-year mark held by former CHS great Reggie Elder.

"It's definitely a blessing," Pierce said of the record on Tuesday. "When I get better, I do better with records. You don't get to do that often, so that's pretty cool."

Also launching a school-record toss of 180-8 to take home the Class AAAAA state title in the discus last year, Pierce indicated that these marks are just a by-product of him simply trying his best every time he competes.

"It's not necessarily a school record that I'm looking for," Pierce said. "Every that time I go out, I just try to have fun. If I PR , then I PR."

Certainly delighted to see the senior's continuing success is Trojan assistant coach Stacey Brown.

Named the 2017 Throwers Coach of the Year by the Georgia Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association, Brown has been hands-on in Pierce's development throughout his prep career and had nothing but praise for his character and work ethic.

"He's a true Christian to the sport of track and field," Brown said. "What he's done is he's worked hard over the years. He's so coachable and listens well to everything that we tell him. This is what's supposed to happen when you're doing what you're supposed to do."

Through the early stages of the spring, Pierce has dominated in both the shot put and discus, no matter where he's been.

Along with the top finish in both events at the Swamp Relays, he's placed first at the Zaxby's Archer Invitational in Lawrenceville, the Larry Clark Invitational in Bainbridge and most recently, last Friday's Bob Hayes Invitational down in Jacksonville, Florida.

Also guiding the likes of fellow up-and-coming throwers Jake Musselwhite and Chaz Chambliss, Brown described the team's approach to preparing for these events.

"What we do is when we practice, we want quality throws every day," Brown said. "Everything is supposed to be quality so that every time we practice, we're aiming to get better."

The CHS standout also described their daily routines.

"Coach (Brown) has very technical practices," Pierce commented. "We focus on technique, being explosive and not being complacent. We're also on a college workout system, so it's helped us get stronger and it's working out so far. We're on a good schedule."

Roughly halfway through the spring, Carrollton now enters a crucial stretch of its season with region, sectional and state meets on the horizon.

Brown described how he wants Pierce and his contemporaries to steadily build with each passing meet, including this Saturday's Carrollton Invitational on their own Carrollton City Schools campus.

"It's a growing process. We actually practice for him and everyone else to peak at the state track meet," Brown said. "Each week, we ask them to set their standard a little bit higher so once they get to state, they'll be at their absolute best."

And at his absolute best is where the future MSU Bulldog wants to be when these events roll around over the next several weeks.

When it comes to individual goals that he wants to accomplish as his Trojan career draws to a close, he's not just looking for school accolades. He's looking to make his name known across the entire Peach State.

"Any meet record we go to, I want to be able to break those so when anybody comes in afterwards, my name's right there," Pierce said. "I'm also chasing state records. That's what I want. But other than that, I just want to get better every week. That's basically my goal. If I do that, then hopefully I'll be peaking and achieving everything that I've been working for since I was young."