The Bradwell Institute boys’ track team competed in the region championships held in Richmond Hill on April 21.
According to head coach DeAndre Davis Malcolm Currie was the Co-Champion in the pole vault. His vault of 11-feet, 6-inches places him at number two of all-time in the Bradwell record book. The number one spot is 12-feet, 6-inches.
“He is going for that when he competes at sectionals in two weeks,” Davis said.
Daniel Griffiths finished third at the championships in the pole vault and will also compete at sectionals.
“Both of these young men have a chance to go over 12 feet,” Davis said. “This will be a great way for them to go out. I will miss these two seniors. Daniel poured his heart out in every event he competed in.”
Davis said Devin Nash had a good day at the region meet despite not living up to his own expectations.
“It wasn't the results he wanted, but he had a personal best in the 100 and the 200,” Davis said. “In the 100, he ran a time of 10.70 and finished 2nd. We will fix a few things before sectionals. In the 200, he finished 4th and ran a personal best of 22.10. He is knocking on the door or a 21.”
Davis said missing a whole year because of COVID affected Nash’s skill level.
“He was clicking on all cylinders last year before the season ended,” Davis said. “He is the only returner from a team that finished 2nd at the State Championships in 2019. The whole team is new this year except five people.”
The 4x800 team finished fourth to punch their ticket to sectionals the coach confirmed. The relay runners are Cameron Deas, Jemond Burke, Jameer Wynn and Jonathan Bryant. Davis said three of these young men will be returning next year.
“The team started the year running 9:45.84,” Davis said. “They ran a time of 8:35 at region. The improvement they made was remarkable. They are looking to drop ten more seconds at sectionals. This was the first year that GHSA added the event for competition.”
Davis admits the pandemic put a damper on their season last year.
“We were loaded last year in every event,” he said. “We had a great chance to win state. Shamar Rose had a chance to repeat as a State Champion in the 100 and 200. He is now at Mississippi State. Jalen Johnson and Jaiden Williams were in the top three in the long and triple jumps. De'Leon Madria was in the top five in the shot put and discus. Losing 13 seniors really hurt. We will continue to get better going into the 2022 season.”
According to Lady Tigers track coach Brian Williams several of his athletes have also qualified to compete at sectionals.
TyShee Davis placed fourth at regions with a shot put throw of 30 feet.
Za’Riyah Hamilton and Triniti Jackson both qualified for the triple jump. Hamilton hit 33-feet, 1.5 inches. Jackson hit 33-feet, 2 inches. The girls placed third and fourth respectively.
The Lady Tiger 4x800 relay team of Victoire Komlan, Alysia Estrada, Kayleen Lippy and Jocelyn Robles qualified as did the 4x100 relay team of Jacoria Leonard, Diamond Wilkerson, Triniti Jackson, Anasia Reynolds. Taniyah Bowman qualified for the 4000 meter run and the 200 meter run where she got first place with a time of 25.40 seconds. Jackson also qualified in the 100 meter and 300 meter hurdles. Lady Tiger Mariya Jefferson also qualified for the 100 meter hurdles.