Quan Whitlow took first place in the long jump at sectionals this past weekend with a season-best mark of 21’10.”
Domination, there’s no other word to describe the performance of LaFayette High’s boys and girls track teams at the AHSAA Class 2A Section 2 Meet this past weekend in Beauregard. Over the course of two days, in their last test before this weekend’s State Meet, the two Bulldog teams made a statement combining to win 17 events and posting an astonishing 44 top-three finishes. Of course, both teams took the sectional overall titles, easily outscoring their closest competitor, Lanett.
The LHS girls finished with 219 total points, besting second place Lanett by 79 points. They won nine events, had 22 top-three’s, 29 top-five’s and swept the top three positions in two events.
The Bulldog boys totaled 235 points, 59 points ahead of the second place Panthers. They won eight events, had 22 top-three’s, 27 top-five’s and swept the podium finishes in two events.
One of the most impressive individual performances came from Bria Huguley, who won three events and earned four medals at the meet. She placed first in the 100m dash, 200m dash and the long jump. She was second in the triple jump.
Nakia Blunt won multiple events this weekend for LaFayette as well. She won gold in the discuss throw and the javelin throw and was second in the shot put.
Marticia Briskey won gold in the shot put at sectionals and the silver in the discus throw.
The Bulldogs took the top-three spots in the discus and almost pulled off the same feat in the shot put. Marticia Briskey, who had a strong meet with a win in the shot put, finished in second behind Blunt in the discuss, while Tanyka Huguley placed third. Behind Briskey and Blunt in the shot put was Nykeria Barens in fourth. D’Essence Boyd also earned a medal with a third place finish in the javelin.
Tyanna Askew had a breakout performance, winning gold in the high jump in addition to a bronze in the 100m dash. Skylar Hardnett earned the silver for LaFayette in the high jump.
LaFayette swept the medals in the 100m hurdles at sectionals as Bianca Walker earned the gold, followed by Hardnett with the silver and Bertice Williams with the bronze. Hardnett also earned the bronze in the 300m hurdles, while Williams finished fourth and Kayla Watts was fifth.
Watts had a strong meet, earning points with a silver in the 400m dash and a fifth in the 200m dash.
The Bulldogs girls’ relay teams performed well earning a gold and silver over the weekend. The 4x400m relay team of Hardnett, Symerica Haynes, Watts and Raven Floyd took home first place in the event, while the 4x100m relay team of Askew, Cyneldra Busby, Walker and Williams placed second.
Other top finishes for the LaFayette girls included Breonna James with the bronze in the triple jump and a fourth in the long jump, Busby with fifth in the long jump and Laporche Shaver with fourth in the triple jump.
For the LHS boys, Qua Boyd was one of the top performers, taking the gold in three events, the high jump, shot put and javelin throw, and fourth in the triple jump. His wins in the high jump and javelin were also part of LaFayette sweeps. Kwon Ross was second in the high jump, while Kentavious Landers was third. Tequarri Whitlow placed second in the javelin throw behind Boyd and Romello Tolbert was third.
Joe Vines also took home multiple gold medals at sectionals, winning both the 110m hurdles and the 300m hurdles with relative ease. The Bulldogs’ Brendan Tucker medaled in both hurdle events as well, earning two bronzes. Vines also earned fifth in the long jump.
LaFayette took the top three spots in the girls’ 100m hurdles at sectionals. From left, are Bertice Williams (3rd), Bianca Walker (1st) and Skylar Hardnett (2nd).
The winner of the long jump was LHS’s Quan Whitlow, who won four medals on the day. His gold in the long jump came with a season-high effort of 21’10,” Whitlow finished second in the 100m dash, close behind University of Alabama football commit and Fultondale star Ardarius Stewart. Whitlow was also third in the 200m dash, behind Stewart, who took the top spot and LaFayette’s Steven Bledsoe who earned silver.
Bledsoe was impressive over the weekend, earning the bronze in the 100m dash, in addition to his 200m silver, and a fourth in the 400m dash.
Both Whitlow and Bledsoe played roles in the three medal performances of the boys’ relay teams. The only gold medal run came from the 4x100m relay team of Maurice Foster, Wilvoski Pitts, Whitlow and Vines. The 4x400m relay team of Bledsoe, Tyric Davis, Pitts and Rasheed Williams earned the silver and the 4x800m relay team of Leshawn Howell, Travon Smith, Tolbert and Tucker finished in second as well.
Foster took the other gold medal for the boys, winning the triple jump with a mark of 42’5.50.”
Both Davis and Torres Vines earned multiple medals over the weekend. Davis placed third in the 400m dash and 800m run, while Vines was third in the shot put and discus throw.
Other Bulldogs who earned points toward the sectional team win were Jeremy Vines with a fourth place finish in the shot put and a fifth in the discuss, Williams with fourth in the 110m hurdles and Pitts with a fifth in the 400m dash.
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