One of the premier track and field events in the state of Georgia returns to the Good Life City this weekend.
The Benson-Smith Relays return to Hugh Mills Stadium for the 24th consecutive year Saturday, bringing in teams from all around Georgia.
Thirty teams are expected to compete this Saturday.
Several south Georgia teams made their way to Hugh Mills Stadium today for a midweek practice meet.
With only a month before the Region meets, track teams are hoping to kick it into high gear soon.
The Benson Relays usually signal the beginning of the homestretch of the season.
"It gives you a little measuring stick to see where you're at at the end of March," says Westover head track coach Harley Calhoun. "You get a feel of how you're going to be coming up."
"It's almost like in football season or in basketball season, it's now the fourth quarter," says Monroe track coach Billy Glanton. "It's time to turn it up and see what everybody's got."
Glanton is the new leader of the Tornadoes track team, taking over for LaToyia Johnson, who resigned after the 2013 season.
Glanton was an assistant with the green and gold for three seasons before taking over.
He says the expectations of contending for a state title haven't changed.
"That's always been my expectation, no matter where I've been. And I'll continue to be that way," he says. "I know that as long as we're working hard, and our kids come ready to compete everyday at practice, then Saturdays will be easy."
The 24th annual Benson-Smith Relays get underway Saturday morning at Hugh Mills Stadium.
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