The Sharks traveled to West Florence high school for their first appearance in the 5A Region 6 Championships. The Sharks faired well as a team finishing 4th overall with many outstanding performances. Top 5 in each event qualified for the state qualifier that is a little under a month away. Juniors Kyle Bailey and Deondray Stanfield had a good day as they both qualified in all of their events. Kyle captured the Sharks lone 1st place finish after clearing 6’2” in the high jump. All state qualifiers are listed below.
Chris Anderson took 2nd place in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.23 seconds. Chris also was the anchor leg of the 4×100 relay that took 2nd overall as well just 2 tenths off of our school record.
Kyle Bailey cleared 6 feet 2 inches in the high jump for a 3 way tie but by not having any faults at any previous heights earned 1st place overall. Kyle also took 2nd place in the 800 meter run where he ran an extremely smart race against a field of athletes that off the start were jumbled up and jostling for position, Kyle’s final time as 2:01.86. Rounding out his day Kyle was the 2nd runner in the 4×800 relay that took 4th.
Jayson Brady was the lead off runner for the 4×800 meter relay that took 4th but where he really shined were his individual events. If you ask Jayson he will tell you he isn’t happy with his 2nd place finishes in both the 1600 and the 3200 but Coach White has assured him this is all part of the process. With almost a month before his next meet Coach White does not want the distance team peaking too early. Jayson ran 4:37 in the 1600 and 10:39 in the 3200.
Ryan Hughes has been battling a hip injury for what seems like 2 years but an injury wouldn’t hold this competitor down as Ryan qualified in the 3200 meter run finishing 3rd overall in a time of 10:51. Ryan also was the anchor leg of the 4th place 4×800 relay.
Deep Patel continues to show his moxie this season as this sophomore distance runner leaves all on the track every meet. Deep was the 3rd runner of the 4th place 4×800 relay but the excitement came in the 3200. The first couple laps Deep found himself near the back of the group competing but the second half of the race was all Deep. Every time he passed by he was moving up the order and passing people right and left and at the start of the final lap he was in 6th place. (Top 5 advance.) With 200 meters left it looked as though he wouldn’t have enough to capture 5th but as we have seen and said all season he “Dug Deep” and sprinted the last 50 meters passing the 5th place runner at the finish line and earning his spot at the qualifier. Deep ran 11:07.33 just 1 tenth faster than the 6th place finisher.
Ethan White in his first year running the hurdles will be the last man in for the 110 hurdles. Ethan was upset with his time but with a long period of no meets he can get plenty of practice to right his wrongs. Ethan ran 19.51.
Malachi Butler agreed to running the 400 hurdles after Coach Scheuer noticed him messing around with the other hurdlers one day. Malachi with little hurdle form finished 5th overall with a time of 1:06.95.
Austin Gross has struggled with staying inside the discus ring all season but pulled out a good enough throw to capture 3rd place with a throw of 125 feet 1 inch. Austin is dedicated to his craft and Coach Packard will wok his tail off fine tuning and for a lack of a better analogy coaching him up over the next 3 weeks. Austin is motivated and wants to improve on his technique and power so he can find himself in the top 8 after the qualifier.
Jimmy Cervenka would be unstoppable in an indoor track setting so having him be the lead off for the 4×100 is a perfect fit. Jimmy explodes out of the bock and sets the whole team up nicely. With a great handoff to Deondray, Jimmy helped the team earn a 2nd place overall.
Cole Kleinsmith might not look fast but put him on the track and wow he can fly. Cole ran the 3rd leg of the 2nd place 4×100 relay. A shotty handoff from Deondray could have really hurt the Sharks but the athleticism of these two corrected the mistake and got the baton around.
Deondray Stanfield had a standout day as he qualified in every event he was entered in. In the 4×100 Deondray ran 2nd and pulled away from the runner next to him, helping his team finish in 2nd place. At the same time he was competing in the discus and the triple jump. In the triple jump Deondray finished 5th with a jump of 40 feet 2 inches. In the discus he had a decent throw of 132 feet. As soon as he finished those 3 events his 4th was starting Deondray made his way over to the high jump. Deondray did not want to be outdone by his teammate Kyle and matched every height Kyle did. Deondray finished 3rd overall due to some misses on lower heights. The state qualifier will be a big test for Deondray and Coach Scheuer says he is sure that Deondray will rise to the occasion.
Pictures from the meet can be seen here. Photo credits to Ames Fowble and Gates Adams.