The Buchtel and Firestone track and field teams continued their recent domination of league foes Friday in the City Series Championships at Ellet.
There were 32 events contested and the two schools combined to win 23 of them.
It came as no surprise that the Buchtel boys won a team title with 143 points and the Firestone girls earned a team crown with 153 points.
The only doubt was which school would win the girls title, as the Falcons held off the Griffins, who scored 148 points.
Garfield senior Troy Robinson had one of the signature performances by winning two individual events and anchoring the victorious 400-meter relay. Robinson clocked 10.7 seconds in the 100 and 22.3 and 200. He joined senior Garland Brandon and juniors Darnell Griffin and Travonte Thomas to win the 400 relay in 43.7.
“I am very pleased with this performance going into district,” Robinson said. “I am ranked pretty high in the state in the sprint events. I am happy with these times.”
The Buchtel boys won eight events and the Firestone girls won four events. The Buchtel girls won nine events.
“This was a very good performance by the boys,” Buchtel coach John Scott said. “We have had some injury problems and some people missing. The kids toughed it out today and did a great job. We tried to score points in every event we could. . . . I am happy with how both the boys and girls competed and performed today.”
Buchtel’s boys won two relays early in the meet. Javier Gaiter, Jalen Elton, Antonio Hambrick and Kendrick Johnson won the 3,200 relay in 8:37.9. The 800-relay unit of Stephen Mosley, Gaiter, Christopher Davis and Mario Skipper clocked a 1:32.1.
The Griffins won the 1,600 relay in 3:33.4 with Gaiter running anchor leg after Johnson, Darnell Wilson and Hambrick.
“This was fun and we did a good job,” said Gaiter, who also won the 400 in 52.2. “We just came out with a mindset to work hard and do well.”
Hambrick ran for the first time in three weeks after suffering a fractured hip.
“This was a good sign and a good performance for us,” Hambrick said. “I am excited to compete in the postseason.”
Wilson also won the 110 hurdles (15.7) and the 300 hurdles (42.4), and Kavontae Woods won the discus throw (150-4) and shot put (46-2) for Buchtel.
Firestone’s girls won the 1,600 relay in 4:11.2 to clinch its win with senior Imani Scott running the anchor leg.
“We finally came together as a team and did not let criticism get to us,” Scott said. “We took constructive criticism from our coaches and competed.”
Scott followed sophomore Taliyah Carter, freshman Te-Shell Thomas and sophomore Dara Perry in the relay.
“I feel great and think that we came together and did what we needed to do,” Thomas said. “We motivated each other and never gave up.”
Firestone had three individual champs; Thomas (400, 59.1), Amari Johnson (long jump, 16-4) and senior Brooke Morgan (high jump, 4-9).
“This will definitely get us in the right mentality for postseason,” Morgan said. “This gives us additional confidence to bring what we need to compete at district.”
Said Perry: “We overcame a lot of situations during the season. I am so glad that we came together and united as a team.”
The Falcons girls utilized their depth to win.
“I thought this was a pretty solid effort by our team,” Firestone coach Tim Carroll said. “We ran pretty consistently throughout the meet. The girls were able to put up the points that they needed to squeak out a win. This was close. I am very happy with my girls’ effort. They have worked hard all season. You know they are going to show up and compete, and that is what you want.”
Raven Green and Simone Green led Buchtel’s girls. Raven won the 100 hurdles (15.4) and 300 hurdles (47.2). Simone won the 100 (12.3) and the 200 (25.5). Buchtel’s Emani Griffin won the 800 (2:28.5) and Antoinette Harmon won the shot put (34-0¾)
Griffin joined Brittany Tate-Lockett, Donny Harris and Sabreigha Dixon to win the 3,200 relay in 10:41.1. Buchtel also won the 800 relay in 1:44.1 with Jayla Bowens, Dana Oliver, Tate-Lockett and Simone Green; and the 400 relay in 49.5 with Oliver, Bowens and both Greens.
Ellet’s Kristi Kester finished first twice. She won the 1,600 in 5:51.9 and the 3,200 in 13:06.2. Teammate Leah Campbell placed first in the discus with a throw of 99-9.
Firestone’s Jeremy Thomas earned first place in the 1,600 (4:42.1) and the 3,200 (10:30.1).
Two boys from Kenmore won titles, Desean Ballinger (800, 2:04.5) and Darrin Woods (high jump, 5-9). East’s Maurice Woods won the long jump with a result of 19-0.
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