Cap 8 Track and Field

Depth helps Wakefield girls, Broughton boys win titles

CorrespondentApril 26, 2014 

— While Wakefield’s girls track is noted for sprint speed and Broughton’s boys team always has a strong corps of distance runners, both defending Cap 8 4A Conference squads added another title Saturday by reaching into depth throughout the rosters.

“This is our third Cap 8 in a row and I’m proud of these guys,” Broughton coach David Christian said. “It's really become a team focus to be good in diverse events, not just being heavy in the distances.”

The Caps got expected wins by senior William Roberson in both the 1600 and 3200 and fellow senior John Dalton Rohr in the 800. Rohr, headed to Mississippi next year, took second in the 1600. Also, the 4x800 team of Andrew Brooks, Justin Donner-Thomas, Peter Millsaps and Will Sandin finished first. Broughton also got a first-place from Therius Styles, who won the 100.

“And Khalyl Thompson is a senior who stepped up for some big points in both the long jump and triple jump,” Christian said.

The Caps boys totaled 173.5 points to finish ahead of Millbrook (155), Wakefield (92), and Sanderson (86).

The Wildcats got an outstanding day from junior Jonte Leaston, who won the high jump and long jump and ran on the winning 4x400 relay team.

Wakefield senior Elijah Mallory also had a strong day with firsts in the discus and shot put, where he is qualified for the regionals in both events.

The Wolverines girls team took nine first places, but also got more girls qualified for the regionals, coming up in two weeks.

“We're getting toward the end of the season and some athletes are working harder to qualify,” Wakefield coach Ann Graham said. “We had some distance runners, in Angela Delfino, Lauren Monroe, and Brittany Ollivierre, qualify in the 800 and 1600. We’re trying to see how many we can get to regionals and states.”

“And Tia Robinson and Selina Tchume had big days,” Graham said.

Wakefield got firsts from Breanne Bygrave in the 100 hurdles, Tchume in the 100, the 200, and the long jump, and Tia Robinson in the high jump and the 400. The Wolverines also won the 400, 800, and 1600 relays.

Millbrook also took second in the girls competition with 154 points to the Wolverines’ 192. The Wildcats got a pair of wins from sophomore running machine Emily Pettis, who took both the 1600 and 3200.

Heritage junior Dyniesha Norman, who got to the state meet as a junior, won both the discus and shot put.

Broughton’s girls took third with 104 points and Sanderson totaled 79.

Other boys winners were Sanderson’s Emmanuel Jackson in the 110 hurdles, Millbrook boys in the 4x200 relay and the 4x100, Wakefield’s Jalen Buxton in the 400, Enloe’s Dominick Patterson in the 300 hurdles, Heritage’s Gershom Ejoni in the 200, and Leesville’s Johnny Huis in the pole vault.

Also taking firsts for the girls were Leesville's 4x800 team, Sanderson's Kayli Nichols in the 300 hurdles, Broughton’s Megan Sullivan in the 800 and K’Lynn Beal in the triple jump, and Millbrook’s Paige Plaskonos in the pole vault.

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