West track team shows promise in opener

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

West Brunswick’s track and field team showed some promise in last Thursday’s season-opening quadrangular meet at Laney High School in Wilmington.

“It was a good first meet for us,” said coach Yogi Hickman. “So many of our kids were on the track for the first time that we really didn’t know what to expect. I thought they competed well.”

White Oak took first place in both the girls’ and boys’ divisions.

In the girls’ meet, the Lady Vikings won 13 of the 18 events and finished with 150 points. Ashley placed second with 57 points, followed by Laney with 22 and West Brunswick with 19.

White Oak won 11 events and compiled 111 points in the boys’ meet. Ashley came in second with 66 points, Laney was third with 57 and West Brunswick fourth with 27.

Cherelle Frink was the top performer for West Brunswick with first-place finishes in the long jump and 100-meter hurdles and a second-place finish in the triple jump. Amanda Page was third in the 100 hurdles.

“Our girls numbers are down at this point, and we had about four who did not compete simply because they had not had sufficient practice time. Cherelle Frink had a great day,” Hickman said.

Marcus Jackson was the only winner for West Brunswick’s boys, taking first in the triple jump.

“It was great to have Marcus Jackson back out since he missed last year with his injury. Marcus could well be a regional qualifier in multiple events. He didn’t enter the high jump this time since he has been unable to practice that event,” Hickman said.

“Our two young sprinters, Bradley Bell and Aaron Hankins, showed up well in the 200 meters and show really good potential with an outstanding chance to be regional qualifiers. Our sprint relay teams also showed that they have a chance to be outstanding, especially when Josh Johnson returns in a few weeks from his injury.”

Hickman said the Trojans showed potential in the field events with Ted King placing third in the shot put and Dylan Bowman taking third in the discus.

“Like always our focus continues to be on improving each and every meet. Our kids are doing a good job of competing at practice, and I think we’ll see many of our athletes getting close to regional qualification.”

West Brunswick’s upcoming meets are scheduled March 13 at Ashley and March 20 at Hoggard.


Team scores: White Oak 154, Ashley 49, Laney 22, West Brunswick 20.

Events: Shot put: Gray (A) 27-7 ; Discus: N/A (WO) 67-9; Long jump: Frink (WB) 13-1 ; High jump: Harris (L) 4-8; Triple jump: Howard (WO) 29-9; Pole vault: Johnston (WO) 8-6; 100: Baxter (WO) 12.76; 200: Baxter (WO) 26.51; 400: Baxter (WO) 1:01; 800: Ajai (WO) 2:33; 1600: Johnson (WO) 6:04; 3200: Hart (WO) 13:30; 100 hurdles: Frink (WB) 19.22; 300 hurdles: Broussard (A) 50.8; 400 relay: White Oak 55.0; 800 relay: White Oak 1:51; 1600 relay: White Oak 4:30; 3200 relay: White Oak 11:32.


Team scores: White Oak 111, Ashley 66, Laney 56, West Brunswick 27.

Events: Shot put: Bachelor (WO) 43-7; Discus: Dowdy (WO) 111-1; Long jump: Simpson (L) 20-3 ; High jump: Davis (WO) 6-0; Triple jump: Jackson (WB) 39-6; Pole vault: Lopez (WO) 9-0; 100: Williams (WO) 10.60; 200: Holt (WO) 23.1; 400: Johnson (WO) 51.7; 800: Courtney (L) 2:12; 1600: Black (L) 4:54; 3200: Black (L) 11:14; 110 hurdles: Wright (A) 19.29; 300 hurdles: Brogden (A) 1:05; 400 relay: White Oak 44.8; 800 relay: White Oak 1:29.8; 1600 relay: White Oak 3:45; 3200 relay: White Oak 9:19.