The Dunham School girls and the McKinley High boys swept their way to team titles Friday evening at the Panther Relays hosted by Woodlawn High.
The Dunham girls were tied with Belaire before the final two events, the 3,200 meter run and the 1,600 relay. The Tigers won both events to finish with 103 points.
Belaire was second with 83 points, and Madison Prep Academy third with 64.
“Its always good whenever you win, and its good to see kids getting personal bests. That’s the objective,” said Dunham coach Tim Jorgensen, who noted his team is comprised of mostly underclassmen. “The kids are working hard, and they’re working to get better.”
McKinley’s boys were in a tight battle with Central but had a 12 point lead entering the 1,600 relay even after Central’s Brian Conner won the 3,200.
McKinley edged Central in the final event and won the meet with 111 points to Central’s 97. Woodlawn was third with 811/2, and Dunham fourth with 611/2.
“For the most part, the kids are on task to do what they need to do for the district meet on Thursday,” McKinley coach Dwayne Harrison said.
Harrison was also pleased with the return of Aaron Haynes, who had missed two weeks because of illness. Haynes ran the first leg of the Panthers’ 1,600 relay.
McKinley also picked up a win from Daylin Coleman in the 300 hurdles (40.81 seconds). The Panthers’ David Franklin was second to Coleman with a personal best 41.29.
McKinley’s other win came from Brandon Hull in the field. Hull won the javelin with a toss of 153-10.
Istrouma’s Darrell Nettles won two sprinting events, taking the 110 hurdles (14.91) and the 100 dash (11.06). The 20 points earned Nettles honors as outstanding track performer.
Central’s Craig Jones was a double winner in the field. Jones won the long jump (21-43/4) and the triple jump (44-3). Madison Prep’s Michael Burns won the shot put (42-10) and had top four finishes in the javelin and discus. Burns was the top field performer with 22 points.
The Dunham girls won the 800 relay (1:58.39) and the 1,600 relay (4:50.95). They also scored big with a pair of field wins.
Ava Perego took first in the shot (26-6) and Mary Margaret Patterson won the javelin (70-11). Perego and teammate Jaylyn Woods were the top field performers with 14 points apiece.
“We had a couple of girls get personal bests in the field,” Jorgensen said. “They’ve been improving every week in the shot, discus and javelin.”
Woodlawn’s Stevie Woods won both hurdling events. Woods took first in the 100 hurdles (16.88) and later followed up by winning the 300 intermediate hurdles (52.01).
Belaire’s Lexxus Brown won the long jump and the 100. Tara’s Ebony Reado won the 400 and 200, and was the top track athlete with 28 points.
Belaire’s Lexxus Brown won the long jump with a leap of 14-5. Brown then returned to win the 100 (13.30). Belaire’s 400 relay team of Terrilynn Dominick, Kandise Jackson, Klaryce James and Brown appeared to have won its event but was disqualified.
Jackson was ruled to have passed the baton to James outside the exchange zone on the second exchange.