Class 2A state track and field championships | Booker T. Washington

Booker T. boys come up one point shy of claiming track title

 

Booker T. Washington staged a dramatic rally but lost by a point to Lakewood in the Class 2A track championship.

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Booker T. Washington came as close to winning a state title as you can get. It didn’t lessen the sting of losing out on bringing home the state trophy instead of the smaller runner-up hardware.

The Tornadoes finished with 66 points, one less than Lakewood’s 67 total at the Class 2A state track and field championships on Saturday at Hodges Stadium on the University of North Florida campus.

With four events remaining in the meet, Washington trailed Lakewood by 21 points. That’s when the mounted their rally. Vaquan Small finished second in the 800-meter race to grab eight points. Then in the 200-meter race, the Tornadoes used second- and third place finishes by Nigel Patten and Deltron Hopkins, respectively, to add 14 more to their total.

With neither team having an entry in the 3,200-meter run, it came down to the last event, the 1,600. Lakewood still held a three-point advantage at that point (61-58), meaning Washington would have to finish at least two spots better than Lakewood to earn the team title.

But with American Plantation running one of the nation’s fastest times in 3:14.28, Washington ran a strong 3:16.42 to grab runner-up honors. But Lakewood was third and while Washington earned eight points, Lakewood got six to finish with the final with a one-point victory.

Earlier in the meet, Washington’s strong 400-relay units (ranked as the No. 2 relay team in the country at this event), posted the nation’s fourth-fastest time of 40.86 to edge out a quartet from Lakewood by .15 seconds.

“It’s because we’re dedicated and put in a lot of hard work every day that we’re able to put together these fast times,’’ said Nicholas Norris, the only senior on the unit that includes three juniors — Patten, Hopkins and Terrawn McPhee. “It all starts with the hard work that we put in for football. Losing the state championship in football (two years ago before winning it this past fall), we wanted to get the state title in track, but we came up just short.

“[Saturday] we put together a strong race where all the handoffs were good and all the times were good. I think I could have gone a little faster though and if we had our time might have been among the best in the country this year.’’

While Booker T. Washington dominated among local teams, Fredrick Jones of Monsignor Pace was one of the individual standouts, winning the shot put and finishing third in the discus. It was the second year in a row that Jones had won the shot put.

• Girls’ team results (top 5 plus all Dade/Broward): 1. Plantation American Heritage 87, 2. Rockledge 39, 3. Pine Crest 37, 4. Godby 31.33, 5. Jones 30, 10. Ransom 18, 15. Jackson 13, 51. Monsignor Pace 1.

• Boys’ team results (top 5 plus all Dade/Broward): 1. Lakewood 67, 2. Booker T. Washington 66, 3. Plantation American Heritage 52, 4. Bishop Kenny 29, 5. Bolles 27, 7. Jackson 20, 9. Monsignor Pace 19, 10. Archbishop Carroll 10.5, 33. North Broward Prep 6, 49. Pine Crest 2.5, 50. Ransom 2, 50. Chaminade 2, 50. Edison 2.

• Girls’ individual results (winners plus Dade/Broward top 8) — High jump: 1. Logan Boss (Suwannee) 5-6, 5. Nyla Lindo (PC) 5-2; Pole vault: 1. Nicole Carroll (Tampa Cath.) 11-0, 2. Nati Sheppard (RE) 11-0, T-5. Taylor Logue (PC) 10-0; Long jump: 1. Jazzmine Folston (Cocoa) 19-3.75, 5. Dani Pendergast (PC) 17-10.5; Triple jump: 1. Tia Smith (Rockledge) 37-9; Discus throw: 1. Bernicia Holifield (Godby) 139-4, 7. Debbie Ajabe (RE) 110-3; Shot put: 1. Shadayz Bullock (Eastside) 42-11.75; 3200 relay: 1. AHP 9:21.04, 2. PC 9:31.07, 5. RE 9:43.52; 100 hurdles: 1. Stefani Kerrison (Jones) 13.86, 3. Khadeeja Dooling (AHP) 14.33; 100: 1. Deanna Hill (Lake Highland Prep) 11.72, 2. Diamond Spaulding (AHP) 11.76; 1600: 1. Daesha Rogers (AHP) 4:59.39, 4. Ella Wurth (PC) 5:13.26; 400 relay: 1. Godby 46.94 , 6. Jackson 48.56; 400: 1. Deja Parrish (AHP) 55.06; 300 hurdles: 1. Shamaria Lovett (JAC) 42.96, 3. Khadeeja Dooling (AHP) 43.64; 800: 1. Daesha Rogers (AHP) 2:12.08, 3. Rachelle Alexander (AHP) 2:15.41, 5. Lauren Archer (RE) 2:16.80, 7. Ella Wurth (PC) 2:20.46; 200: 1. Diamond Spaulding (AHP) 23.59, 8. Deja Parrish (AHP) 25.20; 3200: 1. Julia Montgomery (PC) 11:01.86, 7. Katherine Jovanovic (PC) 11:27.77; 1600 relay: 1. AHP 3:50.29, 8. Pace 4:02.26.

• Boys’ individual results (winners plus Dade/Broward top 8) — High jump: 1. Terrell Campbell (Walton) 6-4, T-3. Amida Brimah (CAR) 6-2; Pole vault: 1. Nick Catchur (Jesuit) 14-6, 7. Matt Hernandez (PC) 13-0; Long jump: 1. Shaquem Griffin (Lakewood) 23-5, 5. Tyrone Thornton (JAC) 22-8.75; Triple jump: 1. Shaquille Griffin (Lakewood) 49-10; 7. Gino Brown Jr. (CHA) 45-0; Discus throw: 1. Jeremiah Theus (Bolles) 166-8, 3. Fredrick Jones (MP) 165-6, 6. Walter Tucker (AHP) 147-8, 8. James Alexander (JAC) 141-5; Shot put: 1. Fredrick Jones (MP) 58-5.25, 7. James Alexander (JAC) 51-5.5; 3200 relay: 1. Lake Nona 8:00.40, 7. BTW 8:10.41; 110 hurdles: 1. Walter Tucker (AHP) 13.95, 8. Jephte Jean-Charles (JAC) 15.19; 100: 1. Wilkerson Myrtil (Jones) 10.63, 2. Deltron Hopkins (BTW) 10.66, 4. Tyrone Thornton (JAC) 10.69; 1600: 1. David Yarborough (Bishop Kenny) 4:20.89, 5. Jonathan Klumpp (NBP) 4:24.60, 7. Gaby Correa (RE) 4:24.80; 400 relay: BTW 40.86, JAC 41.96; 400: 1. Krondis Larry (BTW) 47.16, 2. Khari Herbert (AHP) 47.31, 6. Torrance Gibson (AHP) 48.87, 7. Adrian William (JAC) 48.95; 300 hurdles: 1. Timothy Holmes (Lakewood) 37.98, 2. Walter Tucker (AHP) 38.02, 3. Richie Cooper (BTW) 38.34, 7. Markey Joyner (ED) 39.98; 800: 1. Chris Jackson (Dunnellon) 1:55.42, 2. Vaquan Small (BTW) 1:55.76, 4. D’Andre Smith (CAR) 1:55.98, 6. Dawun Hylton (MP) 1:57.92, 8. John Decker (PC) 1:58.93; 200: 1. Jeremy Strainge (AHP) 20.97, 2. Nigel Patten (BTW) 21.13, 3. Deltron Hopkins (BTW) 21.14; 3200: 1. Alex Pedraza (Golden Gate) 9:33.67, 7. Jonathan Klumpp (NBP) 9:46.15; 1600 relay: 1. AHP 3:14.28, 2. BTW 3:16.42.

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• Late Friday — Class 1A boys’ individual results (winners plus Dade/Broward top 8) — High jump: 1. Marquis Haynes (University Chr.) 6-8; Pole vault: 1. Kyle Weaver (Maclay) 15-0, 5. Mason Van Houtteghem (CSC) 13-6, 6. Andrew Reising (WA), 8. Asher Shashaty (CCA) 13-0; Long jump: 1. Lloyd Hylton (First Academy) 23-2.25; Triple jump: 1. Austin Warren (Mt. Dora Bible) 46-4, 2. Jonathan Saintil (DC) 45-2.5; Discus throw: 1. Hozie Hankerson (WA) 134, 3. Nahel Abugattas (CCA) 132-6, 8. Kyle Audet (HLC) 113-10; Shot put: 1. Dwight Tucker (Lake Mary Prep) 51-4, 2. Andrew Florvil (DC) 51-3.75; 3200 relay: 1. Holy Trinity 8:08.97, 7. WA 8:33.6, 8. CCA 8:33.72; 110 hurdles: 1. Marquis Burgman (Holy Trinity) 14.27, 4. Ryan Davis (HLC) 14.76, 7. Kyle Audet (HLC) 15.43; 100: 1. Kwadarius Smith (First Academy) 10.55, 8. Terrence Alls (DC) 11.01; 1600: 1. Alex Brown (Holy Trinity) 4:25.80; 400 relay: 1. First Academy 42.15, 4. CCA 42.93, 6. DC 43.58, 7. DOC 44.03; 400: 1. Andrew James (WA) 48.82; 300 hurdles: 1. Ryan Davis (HLC) 38.04, 3. Lanoris Graden (DC) 40.33, 5. Kyle Audet (HLC) 40.88; 800: 1. Connor Cureton (St. Pete Cath.) 1:56.12, 5. Chris Robin (CCA) 1:59.10; 200: 1. Christian Philpott (No. Fla. Chr.) 21.50, 2. Andrew James (WA) 21.51, 4. Roger Pettingell (CCA) 21.84; 3200: 1. Daniel Salas (Trinity Prep) 9:17.85; 1600 relay: 1. CCA 3:26.26, 2. DC 3:27.83, 3. WA 3:27.94.

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