Thompson wins Shelby County track title
By MICKEL PONTHIEUX / Sports Reporter
PELHAM – The Thompson Warriors ran away from the field to win the Shelby County track and field boys’ championship April 10 at Pelham High School.
The Warriors won 12-of-18 events to finish with 250 points in the team standings. Pelham finished second with 152 points, Oak Mountain followed with 108 points and Briarwood was fourth with 74 points.
Jaalen Jones led Thompson with a sweep of the sprint races. Jones won the 100-meter dash with a meet-record time of 10.80 seconds, breaking the mark set by Ryan Coleman of Thompson in 2011. Jones led a pack of Warrior runners that took the top-3 positions in the 200-meter dash with a winning time of 21.81 seconds. Sebastian Bivins took second and Jared Jackson was third.
The Warriors swept the three relay events and was just three-hundredths of a second from tying the meet record in the 4×100 relay.
Elijah Triplett and Braxton Hoyett each won their respective events to lead Pelham. Triplett took first in the 300-meter hurdles (43.75) and Hoyett won the shot put with a throw of 42-feet, 9.5-inches.
Jake Van Geffen and Randall Ceneus won the 3200-meter and 400-meter races respectively to lead Oak Mountain.
Will Edwards led all Briarwood finishers with a win in the javelin. Edwards broke the meet record with a throw of 175-feet, 3-inches. Thompson’s David Perot set the old record in 2008 with a mark of 159-feet, 8-inches.
The Pelham girls’ track team took first in 11-of-18 events to win the girls’ team championship.
Caitland Smith led the Panthers to the team title while breaking three meet records. Smith won the long jump with a record leap of 17-feet, 11-inches, which surpassed the record she tied last year of 16-feet, 4-inches. Smith won the 100-meter with a record time of 11.96 seconds, breaking the mark she set last season of 12.20. She also won the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.61, which broke the record 25.23 she also set last season.
Pelham finished with a total of 250.5 points for the championship with Thompson taking second with 134 points.
Geria Bivins won the Warriors only event with a throw of 29-feet, 10-inches in the shot put.
Briarwood Christian finished third with 88.5 points, Oak Mountain was fourth with 67 points and Chelsea rounded out the top-5 with 45 points.
For complete meet results, see the following pages.