The Bradwell Institute Tigers track team placed second in the State Championships this past weekend in Carrollton. They competed against 58 teams.
Day one was a wet, gloomy day, according to Coach DeAndre Davis.
Cedric Golphin finished 6th in the High Jump. He was one height away from finishing in the top three. He went up, cleared the mark and hit the bar with his hand. He was little upset but happy to receive a medal. The rain came down hard before the Triple Jump. Most of the athletes were “gone mentally” with the bad weather, Davis commented.
David Spaulding finished 7th in the Triple.
“You could tell he was not his normal self,” Davis said. “The jump boards were extremely wet. Any wrong move and you could hurt yourself or even worse. In the end, he was able to get on the podium. This was a great accomplishment for both of the seniors.”
Day 2 of the meet was little better, Davis said. It was time for the prelims. To make it to the finals, you have to come in the top eight. The day started off with the 4 x 100m relay team. The team consisted of (Devin Nash, Cedric Golphin, Nigel Trim and Shamar Rose.) The team finished 4th in the prelims to move them on to the finals. The next event up was the 100m-meter dash. Shamar Rose was the favorite coming in. He broke his own school record to qualify for the finals. Shamar also ran the 200-meter dash. He also won his heat that qualified him for the finals. He was able to face off with the speedster from MLK.
The Tigers made it to the finals in every event except the 110 and 300-meter hurdles. The race to the top was close between 10 possible teams. In the finals, the relay team finished in 4th.
“The boys really wanted to win the race,” Davis said. “The cards weren’t in our favor today for that. Shamar faced off with Mr. Wilson from MLK. Shamar too down the State Champ from last year. Going into the 200, he was very excited.”
Shamar told his coach, “I will not let him beat me.” Not only did he win, he broke his own school record with a time of 21.15 seconds.
The Tigers were in first place going into the last race of the day. Alpharetta came through and won the team title. The kids were heartbroken but excited at the same time. The four seniors could go out on top. Shamar Rose won the overall points leader plaque.
The Tigers made history at the State meet. No other boys’ team had won a State trophy since the 1970s. The last team trophy in general was in the 1990s. Shamar now holds the record in the 100 and the 200. The relay team has the second best relay tine in school history with a time of 41.61. David Spaulding finishes No. 2 All Time in the Triple Jump.
“I am extremely proud of my team,” Davis said. “We had to overcome so many obstacles to get where we are. In the end, all they had was each other. They truly endured until the end.”
Shamar Rose- State Champion 100m Dash
Shamar Rose- State Champion 200m Dash
Shamar Rose- Overall point winner
David Spaulding- 7th in the Triple jump
Cedric Golphin- 6th in the High Jump
4 x 100m Relay (Devin Nash, Cedric Golphin, Nigel Trim, Devin Nash) 4th in the State.