Defending Class AAA state champions Cedar Grove Saints rallied from a six-point deficit to overtake Westminster 181-169 for the Region 5-AAA track title on April 17 at Westminster.
Westminster held a 70-64 lead after field events held on April 15, despite three gold medals by the Saints.
Cedar Grove’s Raquan Bonner won the high jump (5-08.00), Kortney Cox won the triple jump (43-00.00) and Netori Johnson captured the shot put (45-06.00) to keep the Saints within striking distance going into the final track events.
Cedar Grove’s Marcus Allen, Cox, Israel Spivey and Barry Williams teamed up to capture the 4×100 relay (41.92) gold medal. A fourth-place finish by the second Cedar Grove relay team in the same event pulled the Saints ahead.
Spivey and Cox were the fastest runners on the track as they finished first and second, respectively, in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Spivey ran a 10.80 in the 100 and 21.88 in the 200, while Cox was just behind at 10.98 in the 100 and 22.07 in the 200.
Jadon Haselwood swept the hurdles, winning the 110-meter race in 14.95 and then taking the 300-meter race in 40.84. Williams was third in the 110 (15.99) and second in the 300 (41.74).
The Saints capped the championship with a 1-2 sweep of the 4×400 meter relay. Terrence Lewis, Deanthony Moore, Spivey and Matthew Young took gold with a time of 3:20.43.
McNair’s DeMarshae Travis brought home the gold in the long jump with a leap of 21-06.00.
The Cedar Grove Lady Saints gave a valiant effort to finish second to Westminster 162-151.
Antania Swain won the discus throw (96-09.50) and Mynaisha Mitchell took the high jump (5-02.00) as Cedar Grove picked up a pair of gold medals during the field events day.
Tyra Collum swept the 100 (12.49) and 200 (25.56) meter dashes as the Lady Saints tried to close the gap.
More help came from Bobbi Turner with a first-place finish in the 100 meter hurdles (16.04) and Kayla Blagmon with a first-place finish in the 300 meter hurdles (47.25).
Stone Mountain’s Toni Pellington struck gold twice winning the long jump (17-00.50) and the triple jump (34-06.00).
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