The Palestine’s boys’ track team blew away the competition at its home meet Thursday.
The Wildcats won the Dogwood Relays, held at Wildcat Stadium, with ease, scoring 212 points overall. Jacksonville finished second, scoring only 99 points.
Palestine captured gold in seven of the meet’s 11 running events, along with two field event medals.
Paul Barksdale won the 100 meters, while teammate Jadarrius Beasley won the 200 meters. That duo — along with Chris Weaver and Ivory Brown — won the 4-by-100-meter relay.
That same relay team also captured second in the 4-by-200-meter relay.
Distance runner Tyler Barnard captured two gold medals, winning both the 3,200 meters and the 1,600 meters. In the 3,200 meters, teammate Denis Quincin finished third.
Mason Munoz won the 800 meters and was also on the 4-by-400-meter relay team — along with Weaver, Brown and Johnnie Dean — that finished second.
Dean also finished second in the 800 meters and the triple jump.
Walter Sheridan won the one of the team’s two field event golds, taking the top spot in the discus. He also finished second in the shot put.
Tony Butler grabbed the other field event gold, winning the high jump.
Grapeland’s Javonte Woods won the Sandies’ only gold medal of the meet, winning the 400 meters. Palestine’s Marcus Robinson finished second.
Palestine’s Jose Romero won two silver medals, finishing second in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.
Dakota Mancinus and Billy James both also brought in silver medals. Mancinus finished second in the pole vault, while James was second in the long jump. Darrius Stephens finished third in the long jump.
On the girls’ side, the Palestine team finished third, while Grapeland came in fourth.
Paradyse Page grabbed Palestine’s only gold, winning the pole vault.
Terrika Campbell won the 200 meters for Grapeland and was also on the winning 4-by-100-meter relay team — along with Rosalind McCoy, Jayde Westbrook and Paige Scott — that won the gold. Palestine’s team of Alana Spurlock, Breanna Jackson, Rokayah Beavers and Chelsea Davis finished second.
Davis, Beavers and Jackson, along with Nakoshia Handsborough, finished second in the 4-by-200-meter relay, while McCoy finished third in the 100 meters.
Westbrook captured three individual medals for Grapeland, finishing third in the 100-meter hurdles, the long jump and the triple jump. Jackson finished one spot ahead of Westbrook in the triple jump, finishing second.
Grapeland Cymone Davis earned two throwing medals, winning the shot put and finishing second in the discus.
Palestine’s Arion Sandifer finished third in the 300-meter hurdles, while Beavers finished second in the high jump.
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A few miles south of Palestine, the Elkhart girls’ track team also captured the team title at their home meet, despite capturing only two gold medals.
Those golds came from Anna Clark in the 1,600 meters and Paige Fillmore in the 300-meter hurdles.
But, it was the other top-three finishes that pushed Elkhart over the top.
Over all, the Lady Elks placed 10 athletes/teams either second or third in events.
Along with their golds, both Clark (3,200 meters) and Fillmore (100-meter hurdles) also won silver medals. Madye Hays picked up a bronze in the 3,200 meters as well.
Both the Elkhart 4-by-200-meter and 4-by-400-meter relay teams finished second, while Joli Ballew (800 meters), Tracey Clewis (shot put) and Ruth Camp (high jump) also bagged silver medals.
Kayla Johnson won two bronze medals in the hurdle events, while Chassity Chambless finished third in the pole vault.
On the boys’ side, Elkhart finished second while Frankston finished third.
Kevin Kidd won the high jump for Elkhart, while Nolan Watson captured gold in the shot put. Kidd also finished third in the long jump.
Jeffrey Wilson finished second for the Elks in the 400 meters, while Luis Banuelos and Blake Zabick finished second and third, respectively, in the 1,600 meters.
Tanner Tutt finished second in the 3,200 meters for the Elks, while Hunter Douglas was second in the pole vault and Gaje Smock was third in the 110-meter hurdles.
Zack McFarland finished third in the shot put for the Elks, while Watson finished second in the discus and Banuelos the same in the triple jump.
Banuelos also finished third in the 800 meters.
Frankston won both the 4-by-100-meter and 4-by-200-meter relays, while Ben Harmon swept the long and triple jumps, and Caleb Williams won the 100 meters.
The Indians’ Cory Winks finished second in the 110-meter hurdles, while Harmon was second in the 200 meters.
The Palestine’s boys’ track team blew away the competition at its home meet Thursday.
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