The team had another solid day winning the meet overall. We continued to do well in the field events. Dorian Hopkins led the way with two wins (triple jump & discus) plus a third place in the shot. Also in the shot we got a second place from Marcus Henderson and fourth from DJ Brown. In discus Matthew Rhodes was third and Cason Triplett was fourth. Pole vault was also a strong event with a first place effort by Eston Pahlow, second to Gavin McKay and fourth to Mason Pahlow. Churchill Akhigbe finshed third in the triple jump. And in high jump Caleb Littlejohn finished second before he joined the baseball team and pitched in relief to win the game.
The team improved its performance on the track with several very good efforts. Alex Warr got things started well with a second place finish in the 3200. Gavin McKay was fourth in the 300 hurdles setting a PR. Things really got exciting in the 400 when Sellers Shy, the defending state champion in this event, dropped in from lacrosse practice and ran an excellent 49.49 for the win. Also scoring in the race was Mason Pahlow finishing sixth with a PR. Devonte Nelson finished a strong second place in the 200. The 4x800 team finished 6th (Alex Warr, Joseph Barnes, JP Wood, Rob McFadden). The last event of the evening was the 4x200 relay which produced 2 excellent groups. The A team of Ben Gilliland, Jalen Hollimon, Sellers Shy, and Devonte Nelson ran a strong 1:32.86 to finish 2nd to Cordova. But also the B team of Jordan Helton, Gavin McKay, Mason Pahlow, and Edwin Shy ran 1:33.09 which was the thrid best overall time.
The team is back in action next Tuesday at MUS. The track events rotate back to the 100, 110 hurdles, 800, 1600 and relays of 4x100 and 4x400.
The team continued to look strong in the field events after the conclusion of our first home meet. We scored 80.5 of our 114.5 total in the field events. So that is a positive. But we will need to continue our efforts to do better on the track each week. We did have many guys establish new PR's which is excellent. Our medalist from yesterday were: Gold: Gavin McKay - Long Jump; Eston Pahlow - Pole Vault; Dorian Hopkins - Shot Silver: Matthew Rhodes - Dicsus; Gavin McKay - Pole Vault; Alex Warr - 1600; 4x400 Relay - DeVonte Nelson, Mason Pahlow, Gavin McKay, Sellers Shy Bronze: Dorian Hopkins - Discus; Marcus Henderson - Shot
Thankfully we were blessed with outstanding weather and a very cooperative group of teams that helped make the meet run smoothly with over 400 athletes in attendance. We are back at home next Tuesday with a different slate of track events.
The team has enjoyed a great week of weather and has used this week to get in some quality practice time. We are keeping our fingers crossed for nice weather on Tuesday when we host our 1st meet of the season. Entries are still coming in but we expect to have 10 to 12 schools and some very solid competition. We will post a meet schedule and meet program midday on Tuesday.