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Tigers win region track
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Vontavious Pennyman won region high-point honors with 28. - photo by Photo by Jimmy Courier


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SAVANNAH — After 11 years of coming close, Bradwell’s boys’ track and field team is back on top of the mountain.
The Tigers dusted the competition, earning 139 points to outscore second place Groves by 33-1/2 points.
The Tigers started their march for the title Thursday at the region preliminaries, scoring 65 points in the field events and opening a 29-point lead.
Monday at the region finals at Savannah State University, the Tigers held form and proudly carried the trophy back to Hinesville.
“It’s a good feeling. I’m happy for the kids. They worked hard,” BI boys coach Emmett Watkins said. “I’m proud of the team. This is well deserved and now we can enjoy ourselves at state. I have to pat the kids on the back.”
The season was not easy for the Tigers, who had to overcome several injuries.
“We got hurt some toward the end of the season, but we overcame it,” Watkins said. “It’s a total team effort. All of the young guys came together to contribute.”
Vontavious Pennyman, who won the 200- and 400- meter races and helped the Tiger relay teams to third and fourth place finishes, won high-point honors with 28.
He is one of 10 boys who will compete at the Class AAAAA state meet May 10-12 in Jefferson.
Bradwell’s girls team has five athletes participating at the state meet, held May 3-5 in Albany.
The top two finishers from the region advance to state.
In a re-building year, Bradwell’s girls’ team finished second. The Lady Tigers scored 106 points, one point ahead of third-place Groves and 33 points behind Camden County.
BI girls coach Readie Kelly was pleased with her young team’s performance.
“We worked with what we have and a lot of our ninth graders stepped up to the mark wanting to go to state,” she said. “We will be working a little bit harder the next couple off weeks to prepare for state.”
The boys’ team won the region title in six of the 15 events.
In addition to Pennyman’s wins, Mitchell McKnight won the 800m, Richard Hobbs won the 110m hurdles, Larry “Professor” Henry won the high jump and Shaquille Russell won the discus.
Those athletes will be joined at state by Louis Frazier (100m), Malachi Bell (1600m), Antonio Allen (high jump) and Deron Jordan (shotput).
The girls’ team finished in the top three in 10 of 15 events.
The 4 x400 relay team of Jammie McLemore, Kissimmee Herring, Kwajenlin Holsendolph and Camille Jackson finished second and will compete at state. McLemore also will compete in the triple jump and Jackson in the 800m.
Crystal Tui will compete in the shotput and discus.

BI boys results
100m: Louis Frazier, 2, 11.63; Joshua Gray, 7, 11.96.
200m: Vontavious Pennyman, 1, 23.09; Gray, 7, 23.94.
400m: Pennyman, 1, 52.52; Darrell Webb, 3, 53.59.
800m: Mitchell McKnight, 1, 2:08.27; Norris Richardson, 6, 2:15.15.
1600m: Malachi Bell, 2, 4:59.38; Ian McKnight, 4, 5:07.83.
3200m: Bell, 3, 10:56.98; Ian McKnight, 6, 11:52.32.
110m hurdles: Richard Hobbs, 1, 15.55; Antonio Allen, 4, 16.42.
300m hurdles: Antonio Allen, 5, 47.4.
4 x 100m relay: “A” (Terry Murdaugh, Gray, Pennyman, Frazier), 3, 44.22; “B” (Kavika Lindsey, DeMario Day, Jarad Hall, Devon Russell), 5, 46.35.
4 x 400m relay: “A” (Allen, Wevv, Mitchell McKnight, Anthony Motley), 4, 3:34.52; “B” (Richardson, Ian McKnight, Kennith Alexis, Larry Henry), 7, 3:45.10
high jump: Henry, 1, 6-ft; Allen, 2, 5-10.
long jump: Gray, 7, 19-.5; Day, 8, 18-8.
triple jump: Henry, 7, 38-7; Day, 8, 37-2.
shot put: Deron Jordan, 2, 44-9; Keddrick Brown, 4, 43-10.5.
Discus: Shaquille Russell, 1, 121-10; Brown, 2, 118-7.

BI girls results
100m: Kwajenlin Holsendolph, 3, 13.07
200m: Holsendolph, 3, 26.74; Jammie McLemore, 7, 28.66.
400m: Kissimee Herring, 6, 1:02.48; Jasmine Amiker, 8, 1:12.59.
800m: Camille Jackson, 2:33.15; Norissa Townsend, 7, 2:44.61.
1600m: Jackson, 4, 6:09.8; Sarah McKnight, 7, 6:31.83.
3200m: McKnight, 3, 14:39.89; Jenece Amiker, 5, 16:41.77.
100 hurdles: Alexis Scott, 4, 18.9; Shanequa Vines, 5, 19.17.
300 hurdles: Scott, 4, 51.83; Shanequa Vines, 7, 56.35.
4 x 100m relay: “A” (McLemore, Holsendolph, Jasmine Johnson, Jackson), 3, 51.48; “B” (Amiker, Herring, Kandice Smith, Lekeyia Legare), 5, 52.59.
4 x 400m relay: “A” (Herring, Holsendolph, Jackson, McLemore), 2, 4:08.96; “B” (Amiker, Shapale Snowden, Townsend, Legare), 7, 4:40.02.
high jump: Jasmine Johnson, 4, 4-8.
long jump: McLemore, 2, 16-2.5; Herring, 9, 14-2.
triple jump: McLemore, 2, 33-1.5; Amiker, 5, 27-2.5.
Shot put: Crustal Tui, 2, 31-11.75; Janniequeen Tui, 3, 28-3.75.
Discus: Crystal Tui, 2, 84-1; Janniequeen Tui, 3, 81-5.

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