Booker T. Washington’s boys track team and Northwestern’s girls track team took home team titles Saturday afternoon in the 29th annual Louie Bing Invitational Track Classic at Traz Powell Stadium.
The event, named after legendary track coach Louie Bing, who attended the event with his wife, is hosted by Northwestern and provides an early season litmus test for teams to see how they stack up against the competition — especially this season as the event hosted 2,000 athletes from 85 schools.
The Tornadoes boys — who are football players only — finished with 97 points. St. Thomas Aquinas’ boys took home the runner-up trophy by totaling 71 points.
The Bulls girls won with 103 points — narrowly edging St. Thomas Aquinas’ girls, who finished with 97 points.
Aquinas’ strong performance by both teams came as a surprise to coach Alex Armenteros, who said that the team’s seniors did not participate in the meet because they were celebrating in the school’s grad bash festivities.
Underclassmen Christina Kalis, Alexa Cruz and Margaret Schloss all picked up points for the Raiders in the long distance events and the girls’ 400-meter relay team and 1,600-meter relay team finished first and second, respectively.
Tornadoes junior Deltron Hopkins took home the boys’ Most Valuable Performer award by winning the 100-meter dash, placing second in the 200-meter dash — sandwiched between teammates Nigel Patten Terrawn McPhee — and helping Booker T. win the 400-meter relay.
Hallandale’s Regine Williams won the girls’ MVP award. Williams won the 100- and 200-meter dashes for the Chargers, who finished third.
Northwestern’s girls manufactured the team victory Saturday, but had to deal with mishaps all afternoon — including injuries and miscues in the relay events.
Junior Lloydricia Cameron earned 20 points for the Bulls, winning both the discus and shot put.
“I’ve been motivated to work hard since I didn’t win at state last year,” Cameron said. “I don’t like to lose and that has been and will continue to drive me as the season goes on.”
American Heritage’s girls placed fourth, but received impressive performances from eighth-grader Daesha Rogers and sophomore Diamond Spaulding. Rogers won the 800-meter run, and Spaulding finished second and third in the and 200- and 100-meter dashes, respectively.
Monsignor Pace’s Fredrick Jones won the discus and finished second in the shot put for the Spartans, and Booker T. teammates also swept the top three positions in the 100-meter dash.
Northwestern girls’ coach Carmen Jackson, who is one of the event organizers, said that watching all the athletes compete is what brings her joy.
“Its all about the kids,” Jackson said. “We put this event on each season because it gives them a great stage to perform and get better — but more importantly, it keeps them engaged and doing something positive. This is one of the few open meets that we have down here for the teams to participate in, so its very important to everyone. It’s all about these student-athletes.”
• Boys’ results – Booker T. 97, St. Thomas Aquinas 71, Central 65, Jackson 58, American Heritage 52.5, Carol City 41, American 33, Columbus 32.5, Coral Park 31.5, Southridge 28: Deltron Hopkins (BTW) won 100-meter dash; Nigel Patten (BTW) won 200-meter dash; Krondis Larry (BTW) won 400-meter dash; Fabian Delgado (KIL) won 800-meter run; Allen Searaphin (CEN) won 1,600-meter run; Danny Fernandez (COL) won 3,200-meter run; Walter Tucker (AHP) won 110-meter hurdles; Chris Prophet (SR) won 300-meter hurdles; Christian Williams (AM) won high jump; Terrell Godbolt (CEN) won pole vault; Tyrone Thornton (JAC) won long jump; Davon Clark (CR) won triple jump; Fredrick Jones (MP) won discus throw; Kevin Delgado (CP) won shot put; BTW won 400-meter relay, 800-meter relay, 1,600-meter relay; CEN won 3200-meter relay; AHP won 1,000 sprint medley;
• Girls’ results – Northwestern 103, St. Thomas Aquinas 97, Hallandale 66, American Heritage 64, Krop 44, Southridge 37, South Dade 36, Lourdes 34, Central 32, Carol City 27: Regine Williams (HAL) won the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash; Adriana Allen (KR) won the 400-meter dash; Daesha Rogers (AHP) won the 800-meter run; Kassandra Blandon (MB) won the 1600-meter run; Lourdes Brea (LOU) won the 3200-meter run; Altoniece Williams (NW) won the 100-meter hurdles; Kimani Austin-Reese (CEN) won the 300-meter hurdles; Barbara Vilson (SD) won high jump; Brianna Thaler (STA) won pole vault; Abby Hani (LMP) won long jump; Nikiru Anyagalibe (KR) won triple jump; Lloydricia Cameron (NW) won shot put, discus throw; STA won the 400-meter relay; SR won the 800-meter relay, 1,000 sprint medley; AHP won the 1,600-meter relay, 3,200-meter relay.