WAYCROSS — Bradwell’s boys’ track team place second and the girls came in fourth at the second annual Swamp Relays over the weekend in Waycross.
According to BI track coaches DeAndre Davis and Brian Williams, 14 high schools competed. Davis said his team should have taken first and the girls third, but the scores from the 4-x-800 meter relay were not counted.
“The official score would have been 114.83 (BI) to 106 (Statesboro) for the boys, but because they did not count the 4-x-800m relay, the boys ended up coming in second,” Davis said. “It was heartbreaking for the boys. They felt they ran hard enough to win the meet. This was the only meet that they did not count the 4-x-800m relay. It was a shocker because we did not find out until (Monday) that it would not count.”
The BI boys scored 102.83 for second place. Statesboro took first with 106.50 points. The Lady Tigers scored 80 points behind Statesboro (128.50), Ware County (109) and Tift County (88).
Williams said several meet records were broken, and the Tigers brought numerous awards back to Hinesville.
Anthony Holsendolph led the Tigers boys with 29.50 points. He finished second in the 200, first in high jump and set the meet record in the 400 meter dash, finishing first in a time of 49.41 seconds.
Wesley Worthy set a meet record in the 3200 meter run, finishing first in 10:29. He also finished third in the 1600 meter run.
Other scorers for the Tigers included David Thornton (second) in the 1600 and first in the 3200 relay), Markell McKee (sixth in the 400, third in triple jump, third in the 1600 relay), Jahlil Witt (second in triple jump, third in the 1600 relay), Zack Motes (second in the 3200 and first in the 3200 relay), Jamorris Hill (sixth in the 800, first in the 3200 relay), Joshua McCullan (fourth in long jump), Sterling Burns (seventh in shot put and discus), Dakeem Carlton and Jacoby Hardy (third in the 3200 relay)
KeAndrea Ladson led the Lady Tigers with 30.5 points, setting a meet record in the triple jump at 37 feet, 6 inches. The Lady Tigers finished with four gold medalists, two silver medalists and three bronze medalists.
Other scorers include Sherina Hornsby (first in the 800 in a meet-record time of 2:30, third in the 1600, second in the 3200 relay), Candace Blair (third in long jump, fourth in the 200, fourth in the 400 relay), Aaliyah Howard (first in the 3200 relay, third in the 800, seventh in the 1600), Jaelin Sample (fourth in the 3200, second in the 3200 relay), Alicia Santiago (first in the 3200 relay), Javaughna Claridy (first in the 3200 relay) and Allura Robertson (fourth in the 400 relay, seventh in the 100).
“We had 14 athletes achieve personal bests today and that’s what I’m always stressing,” Williams said. “Anytime we perform at our best then it is a good day. This is the time of the year when we are focusing on sharpening for the region championship which will be next month at Bradwell Institute, April 18-20.”
“The coaching staff is very proud of all the athletes,” Davis said. “The meet was a total team effort. The kids have improved every meet.”